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Kids' Crafts for Halloween Using Plastic Bottles

by Erica Loop, studioD

If your kids are looking to make cute crafts for Halloween, you don't have to break the bank buying fancy art supplies. Instead of only using craft store materials, mix and match your little one's artsy materials with reused plastic bottles. Kids' crafts for Halloween using plastic bottles provide creative ways to decorate your home for a holiday party or a night of trick-or-treating.

Ghosts and Ghouls

Turn a 2-liter soda bottle into a friendly ghost or spooky ghoul with ease. Your young artist can transform a washed and dried bottle into an easy-to-make Halloween decoration for a party table. Cut the top spout area and the bottom from the bottle using scissors. This step is difficult for young children, and is better for an adult or older child to handle. To make a ghost, dot clear drying school glue around the top of the bottle and press a piece of white fabric or white tissue paper over it. Add circle-shaped eyes on the front of the ghost using a black permanent marker. To make a more ghoulish creature, use a piece of green fabric or tissue and add a scary face with markers.

Plastic Pumpkin

Kids can make plastic bottle pumpkins in different sizes that will add to your home's Halloween holiday decor. Have your child cut or tear apart orange tissue paper into 2- to 3-inch pieces. Give your child a paintbrush and a bottle of clear drying, non-toxic school glue to cover a 2-liter plastic soda bottle. Your child can squeeze dime-sized dabs of glue on the outside of the bottle, and then spread them out with the paintbrush. Press the tissue paper pieces firmly on the glue, covering the entire outside of the bottle. Make jack o'lantern-like eyes, nose and a mouth by cutting triangles -- for the eyes and nose -- and a semi-circle -- for the mouth -- out of black tissue. Glue these pieces to the front of the bottle. Add a stem by gluing a piece of green tissue to the bottle's top.

Witch Puppet

Turn a single serving plastic soda bottle into a witchy stick puppet using a few basic arts and crafts items. Thoroughly wash and dry the bottle. Have your child wrap the bottom 2/3 of the bottle with glue and black tissue paper. Let the bottom of the tissue paper flow beyond the bottle to look like a witch's dress or cape. Create the witch's face on the top 1/3 of the bottle by drawing eyes, a pointy nose and a crooked smile with permanent markers. Glue green yarn to the top of the bottle as hair and add a handmade hat. To make the hat, create a cone shape from black construction paper and staple it at the seams. Cut a circle from another piece of black paper and glue it under the cone. Slice a small hole in the bottom of the bottle -- an adult or teen should do this step -- and insert a craft stick or wooden dowel into the slit to make a handle for the puppet. Make more puppets using different Halloween characters such as a mummy -- wrap the bottle with white tissue -- or Frankenstein.


Don't forget to use all of the bottle parts during your recycled Halloween crafts. Create spooky spiders by painting the plastic bottle caps black. Glue black or orange pipe cleaners to the inside of the cap -- bending them to come out and to the sides -- to make eight legs. Glue two or more googly eyes to the top of the bottle cap to complete the craft. Create a similar project using the cut-off bottom part of the plastic bottle. Turn the bottom of the bottle piece over to make the rounded part face up. Paint the outside black, add pipe cleaner legs and finish the spider with googly eyes.

About the Author

Based in Pittsburgh, Erica Loop has been writing education, child development and parenting articles since 2009. Her articles have appeared in "Pittsburgh Parent Magazine" and the website PBS Parents. She has a Master of Science in applied developmental psychology from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Education.

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