Craft stores have had their Halloween stuff out since the 4th of July, and I’ve been lulled into a false sense of having tons of time until showtime. Well guess what? IT’S CRUNCH TIME PEOPLE! Sound the alarm, I’ve got to bust out some halloweenie crafts, STAT!
I have an overstock of coffee filters in my house. Tons of them. And we use a permanent coffee filter thingy, so there’s no natural solution to this problem. As usual, crafting is the answer. I needed a fun craft to do with my kids, and I needed to set up certain conditions. Namely, I needed to already own all of the ingredients, because this crafter in on a spending freeze. Sort of. So I went to the Great Oracle Google, typed in the following keywords: “coffee filter Halloween craft” because I’m super creative when it comes to keywords, and up popped a website I’d never seen before: www.kaboose.com.
I quickly settled on the Coffee Filter Vampire Bats, because they met all of my criteria. I had all the stuff, including the mini clothespins that I just HAD TO HAVE when I saw that Julie Ebersole card with the boxers hanging on the clothesline on the cover of Stampington’s Take Ten magazine. Anyway, the bag of clothespins has been sitting here, unopened, since 2005 or so. Don’t judge.
The Kaboose directions were a snap, but, of course, I made some changes. I didn’t use acrylic paint, because who has time for that? I colored the clothespins with a Sharpie. My kids & I got our fingers inky using inkpads directly on the coffee filter:
Total elapsed time for 7 bats: 23 minutes. The most time-consuming part was finding the package of googlie eyes (they were in the box marked “Bling,” not the box marked “Eyelets,” because I’m clever, but not that clever).
While I was at it, I came up with some coffee filter ghosts that were even quicker and easier. Ball up a coffee filter, stick it inside another filter, throw a tiny clear rubberband on there to secure it, add googlie eyes and Sharpie in an expression. Do ghosts have eyebrows? Mine do!
www.kaboose.com has a wealth of craft ideas, and not just for Halloween. In addition, it’s full of parenting advice, recipes, and games for both kids and moms. I’m adding it to my favorites, for when I need a quick idea, or have some time to kill!
Do you have favorite craft inspiration website? Leave a comment and let us know! There’s still time before the big day, and I need some more good ideas!
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