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28 Fun Halloween Crafts


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Maple Leaf Mobile
Draw veins on both sides of the leaves.

Bring the beauty of autumn leaves indoors. Theis warm, colorful maple leaf mobile will brighten even the cloudiest day.

What You'll Need

  • 7 packs of polymer clay (2 ounces each): 1 crimson, 2 red, 3 yellow, 1 green
  • Waxed paper
  • Rolling pin
  • Maple leaf cookie cutter, 3 inches wide
  • Clay modeling tools
  • Medium nail
  • Aluminum foil
  • Baking sheet
  • Cardinal red acrylic paint
  • 1/4-inch flat paintbrush
  • 6-inch wood hoop
  • 5/8-inch round wood bead
  • Hand drill, 1/16-inch bit
  • 5 yards satin cord, 1mm
  • Scissors
  • Yardstick
  • 1-inch S hook
  • Craft glue

Step 1: Combine 2 colors of clay for each leaf (crimson/red; yellow/green; yellow/red).Condition 1/2 ounce of light color clay and 1/4 ounce of dark clay.

(To condition, roll and squeeze clay until it is soft and pliable.) Put 2 clays together, and mix them until marbled. Do not over mix!

Step 2: Place clay between 2 sheets of waxed paper and roll to 1/8-inch thickness. Use cookie cutter to cut out a leaf. Use clay modeling tools to draw veins on both sides of leaf. Use nail to make a small hole in a leaf point for hanging.

Step 3: Repeat steps 1 and 2 for all leaves; make 5 of each color combination. Add clay scraps to next leaf, but do not overknead. (Keep color combinations consistent.)

Step 4: With leftover clay, make 15 beads. Use nail to make a hole through each for hanging. Make 10 half beads, each with 1 flat side.

Step 5: Place clay items on baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Bake at 275 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes. Let cool.

Step 6: Paint wood hoop and wood bead red. Let dry. Repeat for complete coverage. Let dry. Drill 5 equally spaced holes in hoop.

Step 7: Cut cord into five 1-yard lengths. Tie all cords onto S-hook, and thread through wood bead. Add glue to hold bead on cord. Thread each cord through a hole in hoop twice, making a loop on top of hoop. Hold up S-hook, and even out all cords. Place glue on each cord at hoop. Glue half beads evenly around hoop. Let glue dry.

Tie the cords of the mobile onto an S-hook.

Step 8: Starting with beads, thread 3 beads and 3 leaves on each cord. Knot to hold objects in place. Space beads and leaves evenly on cord. Place a dab of glue on each knot to prevent slipping. Trim cord ends.

For something a little more in the Halloween tradition, try the next project: Jack doorknob tassels.


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