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Outstanding October Crafts!

Boo! Welcome to the fun month of October!  Let's celebrate Halloween and the fall season with pumpkins, scarecrows, Christopher Columbus boats, bats, haunted houses, treats and candy!

Let's stop by the pumpkin patch and enjoy some apple cider!

Supplies Needed: One paper plate, tissue paper, orange construction paper, smaller pieces of  construction paper in other colors (blue, yellow, red, etc.), beige/brown card stock, one toilet paper roll cut in half, fake yellow grass, crayons/markers, glue/tape and scissors.


1.  Cover a paper plate with tissue paper.  The tissue paper can be green or any fall color such as brown, red, orange, yellow, etc.

2.  Cut a toilet paper tube or any small cardboard tube in half.  Glue/tape each half onto the plate and attach fake yellow grass onto the tube halves to resemble hay stacks.  If you don't have fake yellow grass, then shred a piece of yellow paper into small pieces and use that for the hay.

3.  Cut out 6-8 small pumpkin shapes from orange construction paper and glue/tape them onto the plate.  You may draw faces or designs on them if you wish.

4.  Cut out a pair of pants shape from blue construction paper and a shirt shape from construction paper.  Attach the pants and the shirt shapes together.  Attach a pumpkin shape on top of the shirt for the head.  Attach shoe shapes on the bottoms of the pants.  You now have a scarecrow!  If you wish, you can cut out a hat shape from construction paper and attach it to the pumpkin head and add fake hay to it.

5.  Attach the scarecrow to one of the tubes (hay stacks).  Position the scarecrow so that it is leaning against the hay stack.

6. Fold a small square shaped piece of paper and attach it onto the plate so that one side is standing up.  This can be your apple stand. Cut out a human figure shape from paper and color in a face on it, hair, clothes, etc. Attach the paper human figure in front of or behind the apple stand.

7.  Cut out a small apple shape from red paper and attach it onto the stand or hand of the human figure.

8. If you wish, cut out small cup shapes from paper and color them in red from the bottoms to the middles so as to make it seem as if they are cups filled with apple cider.  Attach the cups to the stand.
Enjoy the paper pumpkin patch and apple stands below created by the children at the library!

Wow, those pumpkins are decorated and dressed up so nicely!  It looks like a "pumpkin parade!"

Pumpkin Parade

Supplies Needed:  Light colored construction paper, orange construction paper, blue card stock, foam stickers, stickers, scissors, crayons/markers and glue/tape.


1. Cut a letter sized piece of construction paper in half.  Discard or save one half and use the other half for the pumpkins.

2.  Fold the half that you're using.

3.  Cut out 4 pumpkin shapes from orange construction paper.

4.  Decorate the pumpkin shapes by drawing designs on them and attaching stickers to them.

5.  If you wish to make a fish pumpkin or mermaid pumpkin, cut out a mermaid tail from blue card stock or any other color of your preference and attach the tail on the side of the pumpkin.  If you wish to make a prince/princess pumpkin, then cut out a crown shape and attach it on top of another pumpkin shape.

6.  Attach the pumpkins onto the folded piece of construction paper, one on each side!

Enjoy the pumpkin parades below created by the children at the library!

What's all the action over in the corner?  Wow, ninja ghosts fighting!  

Ninja Ghosts!

Supplies Needed:  One paper plate, dark tissue paper, fabric, white construction paper, scissors, crayon/markers and glue/tape.


1. Cover a paper plate in dark colored tissue paper.

2.  Fold the paper plate in half and place the paper plate in a position where one half is up in a vertical position.

3.  Cut out 2 ghost shapes from white construction paper.  Glue/tape the ghosts onto the half of the paper plate that is in the vertical direction.

4.  Cut out a piece of fabric in the shape of a half circle.  Attach it onto the bottom of the plate in front of the ghost shapes.  This will resemble the mat where the ghosts fight.

5. Cut out small strips of fabric and attach them onto the ghosts to resemble martial arts belts and bandannas.

6.  Draw faces on the ghosts.

Enjoy the ninja ghosts below created by the children at the library!

This reminds me to think of a Halloween costume. What should I wear for Halloween?  Should I dress up as a witch, pumpkin, ghost or monster?

Circle of Costumes

Supplies Needed:   One strip of construction Paper, 3 small pieces of card stock in neutral colors (white, yellow, brown, beige, tan, etc.), black construction paper, orange construction paper, green construction paper, white construction paper, crayons/markers, hole puncher, string, glue/tape and scissors.  


1.  Bend a piece of construction paper into a circle or tube shape and attach the ends together.

2.  Punch 2 holes at the top of the paper tube, one on each side.

3.  Cut out 3 or 4 shapes of paper doll or ginger bread figures.

4.  Cut out costumes from small pieces of paper, one for each figure. (For example, a white piece of paper with eyes and a mouth can be attached to one figure for a ghost costume and a round orange piece of paper can become a pumpkin costume for another figure, etc.)

5.  Once all of the paper figures are covered in the costumes, attach each figure along the sides of the tube.

6.  Pull a string through the holes on top and tie a knot.  Now you have a circle of costumes that can spin around.

Enjoy the circle of costumes below created by the children at the library!

While we are at the Fall Festival, let's enjoy some candy apples!

Candy Apple Craft

Supplies Needed: Red Card Stock, one popsicle stick, card stock of another color, ribbon/yarn, brown paper or card stock, scissors, one hole puncher, crayons/markers, glue/tape and stickers.  


1. Using scissors, cut out a piece of red card stock in the shape of an apple.  

2. Cut out a shape from brown paper that would resemble dripping chocolate, toffee or caramel. 

3. Cut out a small rectangle from card stock of any color to resemble a tag for the apple.  

4. Color and decorate the apple with crayons/markers and stickers.  Glue/tape the brown shape on top of the apple to make it seem as if the apple is covered in caramel, toffee or chocolate.  

5. Attach a popsicle stick on the back top of the apple so that it looks like the stick is wedged into the apple.  

6.  If you wish, decorate your tag and then punch one hole in it.  

7.  Tie a ribbon or yarn through the hole and then tie the tag onto the stick.  

8. Enjoy the candy apple.  

Enjoy the candy apple crafts below created by the children at the library!

Ooh, I see a cobweb in the corner with a spider.  The fall is a great time to learn about spiders!  And let's create our own spiders and webs in the process!

Supplies Needed: One paper plate, pieces of pipe cleaners, 2 pom poms, a piece of card stock cut into a circle, crayons/markers, glue/tape, scissors and yarn. 


1.  Using crayons/markers, draw a spider web design on a paper plate.  (Perhaps you can draw lines and circles to make it resemble a web).

2.  Glue a design on the web as well and then press pieces of yarn on the glue to enhance the web for a touch and feel texture.

3.  Cut out a circle from card stock in any color.

4.  Draw a face on it and attach pom poms for the eyes.  Cut 8 smaller pieces of pipe cleaners and attach them to the sides of the circle to resemble the legs of the spider.

5. Attach 2 smaller pieces of pipe cleaners above the eyes on top of the spider to resemble antennae.

Enjoy the creepy, crawly spiders and webs created below by the children at the library!

Let's Go See the Monster Puppet Show!

Supplies Needed: One toilet paper tube, a googly eye, yarn, construction paper, scissors, glue/tape & crayons/markers. 


1. Wrap a toilet paper tube in construction paper (any color).  

2. Fasten the construction paper around the tube using glue/tape.  

3. Cut out small shapes and designs from pieces of construction paper to decorate the tube.  

4. Stick on a googly eye as well.  You may use as many eyes as possible.  

5. If you would like the monster to have hair, then cut out some pieces of yarn and glue/tape the pieces of yarn around the top of the tube.  Make sure most of the yarn sticks out to make it seem as if the monster's hair is hanging all over.  

Enjoy the monster tubes below created by the children at the library!

It's now getting dark out at the festival.  It's a good time to enjoy some apple cider, treats and create some ghost stories!  

Ghost Story Book!

Supplies:  White card stock, googly eyes, crayons/markers, glue/tape and scissors!


1.  Take a piece of white card stock and fold it in half.  Cut out a ghost shape from the folded piece of card stock.  (Make sure that the card stock is still folded so that it's a book.)

2.  Cut out 2 strips of white card stock and attach each strip to the sides of the ghost shape book for the arms. 

3.  Color and decorate the front of the ghost book using crayons/markers and googly eyes.  You may use anything else of your preference to adorn the ghost.  

4. Draw or write a story on the insides of the ghost book and the back if you wish to create a ghost story!  BOO!

Enjoy the ghost stories below created by the children at the library!

Let's Create Some Trick 'O' Treat Bags at the craft table for Halloween!

Candy Bags!

Supplies: A paper bag, scissors, foam stickers, card stock, crayons/markers & glue/tape.


1.  Cut off 1-2 inches from the top of the bag. Save the piece that is cut off.  That piece will be your bag handle. 

2. Cut out shapes from pieces of card stock to resemble candy.  (For example, circles can become M & M's and brown rectangles can become chocolate bars, etc.  

3.  Color your card stock cut outs with crayons/markers to design your candies. 

4. Glue/tape the paper candies all over the outside of the bag.  

5. Use foam stickers for other types of candies, such as lollipops or sparkly gum drops.  

6.  If you wish, you may cut out pumpkins and attach them to the bag as well.  

7.  Glue/tape each end of your handle onto the top of the bag (one end on each side).  

Enjoy the candy bags below created by the children at the library!  Trick 'O' Treat!

Let's go pick out some pumpkins to decorate!

Stuffed Paper Bag Pumpkins

Supplies Needed:  Paper Bags, Crayons or Markers, Stickers, Glue or Tape, Green Pipecleaners

1.  Take a brown paper bag, color it orange using either a crayon, marker or paint. 

2.  Stuff the bag with scrap paper or any other materials that will fill up the bag. 

3.  Tie the bag with a green pipe cleaner or twistie. 

4.  Decorate as you wish. 

Now that we have our pumpkins picked and decorated, let's make some scarecrows for the yard!  We must protect our crops!

Scarecrow Paper Dolls

Supplies Needed:  Construction paper, 2 pictures of crows, 2 Popsicle sticks, small pieces of fabric, crayons/markers, glue/tape, scissors and stickers.

1. Draw a shape of a doll on construction paper and cut out the doll.  Trace the outline of that doll onto another piece of construction paper and cut that one out too.  Using glue/tape, attach the 2 paper dolls together by a hand.

2.  Color and decorate the paper dolls as you wish.

3.  Glue/tape small pieces of fabric on the dolls to resemble patches on the scarecrows.

4.  Cut out 2 triangle shapes or any shapes of your choice and cut fringes on the bottom of each shape.

5.  Attach each fringed shape onto the back of each of the doll's head to create scarecrow hair.

6.  Color 2 pictures of crows and attach each one onto the top of each doll's hair to make it seem as if a crow landed on each scarecrow.

7.  If you wish, you may adorn the dolls with stickers too.

8.  You may make the arms and legs of the dolls longer and more natural in appearance by attaching strips of brown paper onto the ends of the arms and legs.

9.  Glue/tape a Popsicle stick on the back of each doll so that you can hold up the scarecrow paper dolls as if they are puppets.

Enjoy the scarecrow paper dolls below created by the children at the library!

Now that we have made our own scarecrows and decorated the yard with them, let's take a moment to remember Christopher Columbus and decorate a boat for Columbus Day!

Christopher Columbus Boat

Supplies Used:  One paper plate, brown construction paper, blue construction paper, white construction paper, 3 Popsicle sticks, crayons/markers, glue/tape, scissors, stickers and a picture of Christopher Columbus. (You may download a picture of Columbus from online, photocopy a picture from a book or draw one by hand).

1. Fold the paper plate in half and stand it up.

2.  Using scissors, cut out waves or wavy shapes out of blue construction paper.  Glue/tape the blue paper waves onto the top standing part of the plate.

3.  If you wish, color in the bottom of the plate a light brown or tan color to resemble sand or the coast where Columbus landed.

4.  Using scissors, cut out a half circle from brown construction paper.

5. Color and decorate the half circle as you wish.  This will be the body of the ship.

6.  Glue/tape 3 Popsicle sticks on the other side of the brown half circle that is not colored or decorated.  Make sure that most of the sticks are exposed and only an inch is behind the paper.

7.  Cut out 3 small squares from white construction paper and glue/tape each white square onto the top of each stick.  The sticks and white squares will resemble the sails of the boat.

8.  If you wish, you may decorate the paper sails with stickers.

9.  Once your ship is glued/taped together and decorated, you may glue/tape the ship onto the blue paper waves.

10.  Color in the picture of Columbus if it is only black and white.  Glue/tape the picture of Columbus onto the top of the ship to make it look as if Columbus is on the ship.

Enjoy the Columbus Day ships created by the children at the library!

Enjoy your Columbus Day weekend!  Now let's get ready for Halloween and create some spooky stories!  We can create our own paper spooky story books!

Spooky Story Book

Supplies Needed: Construction Paper, Regular Scissors, Zig Zag Scissors, glue/tape, crayons, markers, googly eyes stickers, card stock and any other stickers of your choice.

1. Take a letter-sized piece of construction paper in any color and fold it in half.  

2. You may use zig zag or regular scissors to cut around the edges to create a haunted house shape if you wish.  

3.  Unfold the sheet of construction paper.  Take a few smaller sheets of paper and attach them along the folded center of the bigger sheet using either a stapler or tape.  

4.  Now that you have your paper book, you may color, decorate and write in your book using crayons, markers, stickers, googly eyes, card stock shapes and anything else of your choosing.  

5.  Have fun!  

Enjoy the spooky story books written and illustrated by the children at the library! BOO!

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