Alright guys! I’m back with another quick and easy project for you to do with your kids this Halloween! Today’s craft is a DIY Jack-O-Landern Garland made from your child’s paintings!
Locky my two year old loves painting. He asks to paint about 20 times a day. I try to let him to it a few times a week at least. I usually place every colour paint he owns on a dish and let him go nuts. This time though I decided to play with two colours for a fun Halloween painting project. I gave him black and orange and some little sponges I purchased at the kids section at one of our local art supply stores.
He loved sponge painting (totally doing it again soon) and loved using black! He kept saying “black, black, black”. Haha. Got to love cute little toddlers and their insane amount of repetition!
I decided once I saw his finished work that I could make something cool with his little paintings so I decided on a Jack-O-Lanten Garland for our Halloween Mantle. Perfect. I’m loving incorporating his little creations now he’s a little older and able to really get into his arts and crafts.
As you can see he was very much concentrating on his masterpiece. Then mummy had to tuck a tea towel into his short to protect it from the black paint mess he was starting to create! We used some kids paints from Ikea I picked up for a few dollars. They are really awesome. Highly recommend them.
Once we let the paintings dry I got to work.
First I started by drawing a simple Jack-O-Lantern on a piece of thick paper. If you’re not too comfortable with freehand drawing there are lots of images on the internet you can print and trace for this project.
Once I was happy with my little drawing I started cutting it out with a paper cutting knife to precision. So much easier than scissors but scissors will also work if that’s all you have.
Once my Jack-O-Lantern was cut out I then placed it on the back of the paintings and traced as many as I could fit on each page. I could only fit four on each page but I wanted them a little bigger.
I then cut our all the Jack-O-Lanterns I had traced. I got some thick twine and hot glued each little Jack-O-Lantern making sure I spaced then out evenly on the twine.
And that’s it. Now we have a cute little DIY Jack-O-Lantern Garland hanging from our fireplace and I love it because my baby painted it!
This is such a fab little project to do with your young child/children. Perfect for toddlers and then mummy finishes off the job!
If you’re feeling the Halloween vibe then you may like some of my other recent Halloween projects!