Halloween is suddenly just around the corner! Taking inspiration from favorite books like “Where the Wild Things Are” and Japanese graphic artists Tsupera Tsupera, we set off to make a motley crew of monsters and ghosts. Paper cups, paper towel and toilet paper rolls work well since they stand on their own and can also be used later to hold candy.
Empty paper cups, paper towel or toilet paper rolls, paint, paint brushes or markers
1. Ghost family
BOO! All you need to do is paint eyes and a mouth on a roll and you have a ghost! The more, the scarier!
Green and terrifying, Frankenstein is the quintessential Halloween monster. First, paint the roll or cup green and let dry completely. Then paint on thick black eyebrows, bulging eyes, a long mouth with lines and a scar. If you want, cut out a screw shape from paper and paint black. Either tape on or using scissors, make a small little slit and insert the screw. Reapply black paint on top rim for hair. Cut after drying for a perfect effect!
3. Ghosts, goblins and skeletons
This time, using a black marker, draw a skeleton or ghost right onto the cup. Zoom in on the face for an eerie look, or keep it a little more cute with the whole bony body. Alternatively, you can paint the cup black and after drying go back and paint on white goblins. Spooky!
4. Time to get creative
Let your child’s creativity run wild, painting monsters that capture their imagination. If they are stuck, give them direction such as, draw a monster with 5 eyes or draw a funny blue monster with a big smile etc.. Often, it starts out as one idea and morphs into something surprising and wonderful! For this craft, the more outrageous, the better!
HI! I live in Northern Japan on the Oga peninsula and love making crafts with my children and enjoying the beautiful surroundings with my family.
I also run a small company, Sora, that sells handmade clothing, bags and accessories! www.sorajapan.org