Do you love Halloween as much as I do? It is in my top two favorite holidays – the other being Christmas, of course. And you know what I like most about Halloween? No, not the candy. Crafting. There are so many fun ways to craft Halloween (and Christmas too).
Because I am a Popsicle Ambassador and we eat a LOT of Popsicles, one art supply that is never in short supply is Popsicle sticks. So I decided to turn some plain ‘ole sticks into some Halloween fun.
The best part about crafting with Popsicle sticks is that it is totally green (reusing something that would otherwise be trashed) and practically free! (I mean you are gonna eat Popsicles anyway, right?) Oh, and it is super easy too.
How To Make A Halloween Pumpkin Popsicle Stick Door Hanger
- 13 Popsicle sticks
- Orange paint (we use Crayola Washable Paint for everything because accidents happen)
- 1 Pipe cleaner (or ribbon)
- Glue (we use Elmer’s School Glue)
- Black vinyl (alternates below)
- Rubber cement & paper (optional – see below)
Tip – always make sure to thoroughly wash your Popsicle sticks. I throw ours in the dishwasher with the silverware.
The first step is to paint your Popsicle sticks. We’ve painted a lot of sticks in the past, but this time I decided to be brave and let my toddler paint with us. As I was setting things up, I had a light bulb moment. (Seriously, I am a genius.)
One of the hardest things about painting Popsicle sticks is that they slide all over the place. So to make it easy for my toddler (and my Kindergartener), I placed a small dab of Rubber Cement on the back of each stick and stuck them to a piece of paper. Then my girls could paint without chasing sticks.
Tip: Use dab of Rubber Cement to keep Popsicle sticks from sliding.
Best idea ever. Will use this in many future projects.
When the paint was dry, I just popped the sticks off the paper — ta-da.
(Plus my girls turned the piece of paper they painted on into a mini art project.)
Once the paint is dry, it is time for assembly.
Simply place a thin line of glue on the side of each stick and stick 10 sticks together like so.
Tip – Use a piece of wax paper to glue the sticks so you don’t end up gluing the project to something.
Then glue two sticks across the back on a diagonal and break the final stick in half to glue at the top and bottom (see picture). This secures your stick and makes the project study.
Glue your pipe cleaner (or ribbon) to the back to form a loop for the door hanger.
For the Pumpkin Face, I created a printable template.
After printing and cutting out the template, I traced it onto the back of a scrap piece of vinyl. Then I cut out the face pieces and stuck them on. (So easy.)
Alternative methods – If you don’t have vinyl lying around like I do, here are a couple of alternatives:
- Trace your shapes onto black paper and glue the face on with a glue stick
- Use the template to make a reverse stencil and use black paint or a Sharpie to create the face
And there you have it, a fun and season craft for the whole family (even toddlers). Now, go out and buy some Popsicles so you can enjoy eating your way to crafting.
Happy Crafting & Happy Halloween!
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