Whether trick or treating is happening this year or not, it is still fun to make costumes and dress up! We made this cardboard pumpkin into a Jack o Lantern mask entirely out of recycled materials. We recommend using a hot glue gun and because cardboard can be hard to cut, we recommend making the main portion of the mask yourself and then having your little maker create the face and stem!

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Toilet Paper Tube
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush

Create it!

Step 1: Cut a strip of cardboard, long enough to fit over the head and rest on the shoulders.

Step 2: Cut slits along the bottom half of the cardboard strip.

Step 3: Glue the sides of the slits together and glue the ends of the cardboard strip together. 

Step 4: Cut another strip of cardboard and glue each end to the top of the mask so it looks a bit like a basket.

Step 5: Cut additional cardboard strips and add them to the sides of the mask.

Step 6: Paint the mask orange and allow it to dry.

Step 7: From cardboard, cut a jack o lantern face.

Step 8: Paint the jack o lantern face and allow it to dry.

Step 9: Glue the face to the pumpkin.

Step 10: Paint a toilet paper tube green and allow it to dry. Cut slit into the bottom 1/4 of the tube.

Step 11: Glue the tube to the top of the mask for the stem.

Halloween is looking different this year but there are still so many fun activities that can be enjoyed!


Crafts and activities with yarn add such a fun textural element to a project. We used yarn to create this not too spooky paper plate mummy!

Start with:

  • Paper Plate
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Cardstock (we used white and orange)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Yarn

Create it!

Step 1: Paint a paper plate black and allow it to dry.

Step 2: From cardstock, cut two larger circles (we traced a plastic cap for the circle on the larger) and two smaller circles (we used a 1 inch paper hole punch). 

Step 3: Glue the eye circles on the black paper plate.

Step 4: Cut small slits on each side of the paper plate.

Step 5: Cut a piece of yarn and tie a knot at one end.

Step 6: Place the yarn in one of the cuts on the side of the paper plate. Drape the yarn across the paper plate and secure in the corresponding cut in the paper plate on the other side. Repeat until plate is covered with yarn. Tie a knot in the yarn when finished to secure.

This project is full of Halloween fun and just uses a few materials!

Pinecones have such an interesting texture for painting and we had fun making them into pumpkins for the Halloween season!

Start with:

  • Pinecones
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Plastic Eyes
  • Cardboard
  • Cardstock
  • Craft Tape

Create it!:

Step 1: Before setting up the activity, cut the bottom of the pinecone off of the rest of the pinecone (adults). We used a small saw.

Step 2: Paint the pinecone slice and allow it to dry. We painted one portion green to be the stem.

Step 3: Cut a cardboard square.

Step 4: Cover the boarders of the cardboard square with craft tape.

Step 5: Glue the painted pinecone to the cardboard square.

Step 6: Cut a strip of cardstock and twirl it around a finger or pencil to create a curl.

Step 7: Glue the cardstock vine to the pumpkin.

Step 8: Add plastic eyes to the pumpkin if you'd like!

An easy way to incorporate nature into an activity - and part of the fun if going outside together and finding the perfect pinecones!

This recycled material project is so fun for a wide range of ages! For younger makers, you may want to cover the carton in paper first and then have them decorate it. Add a variety of materials and watch each designer's imagination shine through!

Start with:

  • Beverage Carton (we used a pint carton for cream)
  • Cardstock in a variety of colors and patterns
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • 1 inch Paper Hole Punch, optional
  • Pipe Cleaner
  • Pom Pom

Create it!


Step 1: Glue the sides of the carton and wrap in cardstock. We used a hot glue gun because it dries faster. We recommend adults do this part!

Step 2: Cut cardstock and glue to the two sides to cover the folded  top portion of the carton.

Step 3: Cut a piece of cardstock for the roof. Glue it to the top of the carton.

Step 4: Cut circles out of patterned cardstock (we recommend adults use the hole punch). We glued the circles to the sides of the house.

Step 5: Decorate the house with pieces of cardstock such as stripes, windows and doors.

Step 6: For the bat, cut wings from cardstock.

Step 7: Glue a pom pom to the cardstock wings to make the bat.

Step 8: To attach the bat to the house, glue the bat to a pipe cleaner. Fold the pipe cleaner in a zig zag pattern if you like, and then attach the pipe cleaner to the house.