Monday, October 20, 2008

Spooky Spoons

This project was one my mom found for my sisters and I and her older grandchildren (4-8 yrs old). I apologize for the lack of pictures, I didn't think of this blog as we worked on them. It is a bit atypical of other ideas on this site, but my niece and nephew really had fun making their own, so I thought I would share.
What I loved about this project was that the possibilities of spooky characters is endless (you could add a black cat, a vampire, gravestones, etc.)
Even the youngest kids can paint the base layer on the wooden spoons. These are just packages of cheap spoons from the dollar store. Each individual spoon has different supply needs, but all will need some paint - and you'll need paintbrushes too!
For the Frankenstein you will need to either fins a flat-topped "soon' or else cut it your self. Two screws and a ribbon are the other extra supplies. To attach the screw, use an awl to make initial holes in spoon (this is a parents need to help area). Then just screw the screws in. For the nose we glued on wooden plugs (I don't know what they are really called, but you can get them in the wood section at craft stores) . The ghost just uses paint and we'll get to the pumpkin in a bit. This one is still blank because my son wasn't in the mood to contribute when I was painting the others.
The mummy, witch and jack-lantern all require a glue gun (another parent helps part). Wrap a white painted spoon with gauze and glue down, then glue dome googly eyes on. (The googly eyes were a huge hit with my 7 year old nephew - see a picture of his final product at the end of this post.) The witch requires the most supplies - mesh for her dress/cape, ribbon over that, the fancy hair and hat. (Sorry, like I said this is normally not my kind of craft and my mom contributed all the supplies.) Again, more gluing with the glue-gun. I guess you could use craft glue and make it more kid friendly, it just might not be as strong of a bond. For the pumpkin, use another one of the wooden plus and curl up some green wire to make some "vine" attached to the pumpkin stem.
This monster was my creation. I thought the group needed more color. More paint, more glue, more googly eyes and more wooden plugs and you are set!


sandy said...

Very cute!

Nicole said...

cute idea!

Lisa said...

I love this idea. Thanks for sharing!

kari and kijsa said...

These are so cute!!

kari & kijsa