not-so-haunted haunted houses | halloween crafting

Those of you that know me know that I love doing crafts with my kids. All three of my children are especially fond of painting so lately, most of our projects revolve around that.

While we were at AC Moore the other day, I spotted some little birdhouses. They were under $2 a piece and I thought it would be great to have each kid paint 2 or 3 of them and we could create a Halloween village. The bad news about crafting with older children is that all of a sudden they have a say and yeah, they weren’t digging Mom’s idea. They wanted to each create a much larger house. We compromised. I let them each pick out a larger house to paint this time and if we add any more to our spooky little village, they will be mini houses. These, if you will, are the village mansions. This is how we spent a fairly cool & windy September Saturday.

Andrew’s is on the left; Emily’s is on the right. I helped them draw the witches that they then cut out. They drew their own eyeballs and spiders. The pumpkin on Emily’s is made of clay. There’ a bat on the roof too. And a red-paint blood splatter inside. Charming. The paint dots are glow-in-the-dark.

I still need to take a picture of Grace’s project which was a small wooden cuting board that after mixing every color available to her, ended up a lovely shade of brown. I painted a ghost on it to jazz it up a bit. She didn’t care. She just wanted to get messy and wield a paint brush like the other guys.

Back to side job #89 as homework helper and my pumpkin latte. Happy Monday!

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