Hey all you crafty people, Hey!
Robie Dodson here, from So Sew Something to share with you a little project I did with my kids for Halloween. (Confession: I don’t do this all the time – don’t get the wrong impression!)
We spent a couple of hours one Saturday morning in early October making these paper chains…
….. and we thought you might be inspired to make them too! You probably already know how to make these…but just in case, we created a little tutorial for you. If nothing else, atleast I can show off my kids to you all!
You'll need: construction paper in halloween colors, hole punches with fun shapes, glue sticks, and scissors. Coffee optional - okay, it's mandatory too! (I found these punches at Walmart for $1 each)
You'll also need some really cute kids - santa hats are optional. If all you can find are sort-of cute kids, they'll work too.
Give the kids scissors appropriate for their age, and have them cut out lots of strips. You'll have to discipline yourself NOT to obsess over how wide their strips are. Just let them cut and cut. You can just simply 'avoid' the really skinny ones when it comes time to assemble the chain.
You'll probably want to cut out some strips yourself, too. If your kids are younger, you'll need to do a covert operation of replacing their super skinny and short strips with your wider and longer ones. Please do this incognito so they don't get discouraged!
Now that you have lots and lots of strips, have the kids punch holes on the sides of those strips. This is an optional step, but it was definitely the part my kids loved the best.
Using a glue stick, glue the ends of the first strip to each other to make a circle. Then, begin interlocking the strips. You'll have yourself the starting of a chain. Hollah people, hollah!
If you're lucky, you'll rangle yourself up a hot-looking daddy to help too!
Your kids will be absolutely AMAZED at how the links add up!
When you're finished, hang in a prominent place.
We had a blast making these. Owen was the DJ and he kept us entertained with great music. Ellie was our comedian, she kept us entertained with various voices that she makes.
This project, surprisingly, really held their attention. I don’t know if it was because there are so many steps and tools or what, but they kept cutting and punching and gluing until the very end. I’m sure yours will, too!
As an added bonus, you'll end up with lots of halloween confetti!
All us here at Austin Craft Crowd hope you’re making Halloween something special and fun.
Send us photos or comments of what Y’ALL are crafting together!!!