These types of crafts are those we get the most ‘bang for our buck,’ so to speak. We had some stiffened black felt left over from our Olaf dress up costume and we used those remnants for a set of Halloween shadow puppets. Click through to see all of our adorable new friends and a tutorial, complete with a free printable!
It was the witching hour and I needed something to get the kiddo to dinner without any fussing in between. A quick, no mess craft like these Halloween shadow puppets was the answer. Elise would shout out something that was Halloween-like to her and I would draw it and get her approval before I cut it out of the felt.
I found out two things:
1. A witch’s hat doesn’t look like a hat at all when cut from felt.
2. My daughter is quite picky about what a ghost should look like.
We did this activity as a family just before bed time, but shadow puppets are a great activity for the winter months because it gets dark so early. I tried to capture the fun, but my point and shoot camera is inadequate. And no, it is not my lack of photography skills… :)
There are only a couple of things you need to whip up your own set of Halloween shadow puppets:
- black stiffened felt
- duct tape cut into small pieces
- hole punch and scissors
- bamboo skewers / chopsticks / straws / sticks from the yard
I put together a quick printable of some of the puppets we created even though you most likely won’t need it. As you can guess, the instructions are ridiculously simple. Trace the shapes onto stiffened black felt using chalk and cut them out. I used a hole punch for the eyes. Using your choice of stick, tape the felt to the stick and enjoy!
I had a small, empty meringue powder canister and used that as a holder for these puppets. I lined the top edge in the same red duct tape I used to adhere the felt to the chopsticks. I rifled around in my scraps and found three strips of burlap that fit around the tin, so those won and were Mod-Podged (can I use that as a verb?) to the canister. A few turns of white raffia ribbon and a pair of googly eyes made my mummy Halloween shadow puppets holder complete.
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If you’re down this far, you might want to check out some other ‘good-ol-fashioned, non-screen time, witching hour’ fun we’ve had here at Ruffles and Rain Boots.
Where we party: our list of link parties where we’ve shared Ruffles and Rain Boots’ playful creativity. Oh and guess what? Aimee from It’s Overflowing selected this as a feature! We are overflowing with joy that she liked this – she has exquisite taste, of course, so be sure to stop by and visit It’s Overflowing. This project was featured at the On Display Thursday party by both Bre and Carmody – stop by and join the fun!