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Jack-o-Lantern and Witch Canister Crafts

Jack-o-Lantern and Witch Canister Crafts
Jack-o-Lantern and Witch Canister Crafts
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Help your little ghouls and goblins get into the Halloween spirit this year by making some Jack-o-Lantern and Witch Canister Crafts. These fun autumn crafts for kids are easy yarn projects for parents and kids to do together. Even your youngest crafters can help out with these super simple containers. Plus, you can make the canisters from recycled oatmeal jars to make this fall craft extra budget friendly and green. Be sure to make a few spooky witches and dastardly jack-o-lanterns to decorate your haunted house this Halloween!

Time to CompleteOne hour

MaterialsFabric Crafts

Age GroupPreschool & Kindergarten, Elementary School, Pre-Teens

Materials


Red Heart® Super Saver®:

  • 1 Skein 254 Pumpkin C for each Jack-o-Lantern
  • 1 Skein each 368 Paddy Green A and 358 Lavender B for Witch.

Additional Materials:

  • White craft glue
  • Small brush
  • Hot glue gun and sticks
  • scissors
  • optional paint to match face color
  • pom pom maker.

Jack-o-Lantern Canister:

  • 18 or 42 ounce oatmeal canister with lid – empty and clean
  • black and green felt
  • imitation leaf spray.

Witch Canister:

  • 3 pound coffee can with plastic lid empty and clean,
  • 1/3 yd black felt
  • scraps of yellow felt
  • two ½“ black pom poms

 

Instructions

Jack-o-Lantern

  1. **Paint label of canister if desired and let dry.
  2. Brush on glue along lower 1” of can.
  3. Wrap C along edge and around canister, having each round of yarn touching the previous round but not overlapping.
  4. Continue to brush on glue and wrap yarn to within ¼” of top edge, leaving top ¼” free to allow lid to fit.
  5. Cut yarn.**
  6. Using patterns, cut facial features from black felt and glue in place as pictured.
  7. Trace circumference of canister lid onto center of green felt.
  8. Mark 1¼” for small canister or 1½” for large canister all around the outside of this circle and cut out the larger circle. Cut out triangular shapes to within ¼” of center circle to form jagged edge.
  9. Glue to lid top and side edges. Glue leaves to center of lid top


Witch

  1. Work same as Jack-o-lantern from ** to ** with A
  2. Cut out felt facial features and glue to can over yarn as pictured.
  3. Make a 2” pom pom from A for nose.
  4. Using hot glue gun, glue nose pom pom and black eye pom poms in place.

Hair:

  1. Cut 60 lengths of B each 28” long; tie together at
  2. center with a separate length of yarn.
  3. Cut 60 lengths of B each 20” long; tie together 5” from one end with a separate length of yarn.
  4. Glue tied area of first bundle to center of can lid. Spread strands to cover opposite quarters of lid and glue in place.
  5. Repeat with second bundle, gluing tied area to first tied area and spreading strands to cover remaining 2 quarters of lid; glue. The short strands become the bangs of the witch’s hair. Trim.

Hat:

  1. Cut a 12” diameter full circle and an 18” diameter half circle from black felt. Glue circle over hair on lid.
  2. Overlap straight edges of half circle several inches to form a cone for top of hat.
  3. Trim excess felt; glue overlapped edges. Center open edge of cone over top of hat and glue.
     

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