Need an inexpensive and easy fall craft for kids? Try my upcycled paper plate pumpkin masks!
I try to do a craft of some sort at least once or twice a week with my children, mostly using items we have on hand or that will cost me very little to get the supplies for. This was one of our recent projects, using only items I already had in my cabinets. These masks were pretty quick to pull together, as well as lots of fun for my little ones to help make and play with when they were finished. If you need a simple and cheap autumn craft for children, this is for you!
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Want to know how to make your own paper plate pumpkin mask? Keep reading!
First, gather your supplies. In case the photo isn’t enough explanation, here’s your crazy long list of things you need:
- Paper plate
- Orange crayon or marker
- Orange ribbon like this Creative Ideas Solid 3/8-Inch Grosgrain Ribbon, 50-Yard, Orange
- Scissors or another cutting tool
Yep, that’s it! Think you can handle that? 😉
Next, let your kiddos color the middle round part of the plate orange (or another color, if they’re feeling funky). Cut the round center part of the plate out.
Hold the cut out near your child’s face and put a dot on the plate where the eyes and mouth should go, then draw the shapes they want them to be. I scored the lines with my scissors and then went back over them with a knife to cut them the rest of the way out.
Poke a hole in each side of the pumpkin mask for the ribbon to go through. Have your child hold the mask up and then wrap the ribbon around from hole to hole to figure the length. You can do the strap one of two ways. Either two pieces of ribbon you tie on (my choice) or one solid piece they slide on and off their heads. I wrapped it behind and added enough length to tie through the holes as well as tying a bow in the back, which was a few extra inches. Cut and tie the ribbon through the holes.
Your child will be ready to go crazy as a walking jack o’lantern!
For a fun story time activity this fall and Halloween, check out The Teeny Tiny Ghost and the Monster! If you want a safe alternative to carving jack o’lanterns, try my No Carving Pumpkin Family!