October

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Painting Pumpkins Craft

painting pumpkins

Happy All Hallow’s Eve (Eve)! This DIY craft is painting pumpkins. Simple, but depending on your artistic level, a chance to be creative! Here at Corwin, we really enjoyed being able to sit down and get our creative juices flowing. 🎃 We have our costumes ready to go and are about to chow down on our Haunted potluck. We hope you all have a safe and Happy Halloween!


You will need:

  • A gourd (We used plastic pumpkins because it’s hard to find real ones in Florida when we put this craft together. 😅)
  • Paint brushes
  • Paint
  • Glasses of Water
  • Paper Towels
  • Paper Plates

Directions:

  1. Clean off your pumpkin with water and dry it.
  2. Paint! 🎨 If you are not feeling creative, we encourage looking up examples!
  3. Let the paint dry and decorate your space!
painting pumpkins final

Display your painted pumpkins for all to see. 🤗 We would love to see if you and your community tried this craft. Email or tag us and show off you painting pumpkins!


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Resident Mummies

Resident Mummies
Resident Mummies!

Halloween is only a few weeks away! Get ready for this hilarious, interactive craft to include all of your residents in – Resident Mummies! Every-mummy will want to participate!

You Will Need:

  • Black Construction Paper
  • Scissors
  • Headshots of Residents
  • Glue Stick
  • White Packing Tape
  • Mummy Stencil
  • Pencil
  1. Begin by snapping photos of all of your residents; you’ll want a nice, clear headshot of everyone participating.
  2. Next, you’ll want to upload these to the computer and print them out to a reasonable size. You may have to play around with the “scale” option to scale your image down to an appropriate size. Use your best judgment.

Next, you’ll want to download and print the “Mummy Stencil” Printable below.

Mummy Stencil

4. After you’ve printed your printable, you’ll want to cut it out. Lay it on top of a stack of black construction paper (as many pieces of paper as residents participating), and trace the stencil with your pencil.

5. With your stack in hand and your traced piece of paper on top, begin cutting them out with your scissors.

6. Give each of your residents a black mummy cutout and their corresponding photo of themselves. Have them cut their head out and glue it to the mummy with a glue stick.

Mummies!
Mummies!

7. With your packing tape, cut off 3, 6-inch strips, then cut those down the middle to give you 6 thin 6-inch strips. Do this for each resident.

8. Allow your residents to tape their mummy as they please. Trim or fold back any excess tape.

Hang your Mummy to scare away the monsters!

Resident Mummies!
Resident Mummies!

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Jack-O-Lantern: A History

Jack-O-Lanterns with various facial expressions

Have you ever wondered how the practice of turning a pumpkin into a scary jack-o-lantern started? Here’s the story:

 Jack-o-lantern sounds Irish because it is. The flickering, carved pumpkin faces that animate the American Halloween derive from an old Irish custom of creating rustic lanterns from vegetables. The Irish child’s typical Halloween flashlight was a hollowed-out turnip or potato with a candle inside. When the Irish landed in America in the nineteenth century, they were quick to spot the possibilities in the pumpkin, and a new tradition was born.


Jack-O-Lantern Treat Cups

Share the story of the “Birth of the Jack-O-Lantern” with these yummy treat cups! Just right-click the image to save and print as is! 🎃

Jack-O-Lantern Treat Cup Recipe

Ingredients:

  • oranges
  • choice of filling: mousse, pudding, Jell-o
  • choice of garnish: Whipped cream, candy
  • knife
  • spoon

Directions:

  1. Follow the instructions on the filling and set aside.
  2. Cut tops of oranges. Scoop out the inside of oranges with spoon. Keep orange pieces if you wish to include as part of your filling.
  3. Cut out the jack-o-lantern face, careful not to cut all the way through.
  4. Spoon filling into the orange cups and refrigerate.
  5. Garnish, place lids back on oranges and serve.

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Toilet Paper Roll Dragon

Toilet Paper Roll Dragon Craft

Ready to make a Toilet Paper Roll Dragon!? We really enjoyed making these, and love how you can be creative and differ the dragons. We hope these fire up your smile and creative juices! 🐲

You will need:

  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Construction paper
  • Tissue paper
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • Possibly tape
Toilet Paper Roll Dragon
Things you’ll need! Get creative with different colors.

Directions:

1. Cut out the scales from the construction paper of the color of your choosing. If you are feeling creative, this would be a good chance for multi-colored scales or different shapes!

2. Attach the scales using the glue stick and circle around the toilet paper roll until covered. Optional: cut a small bit of paper off to cover the rest of the roll.

3. Now it’s time to make your dragon’s face! You can make this really simple or use the below photo as an example. 🐉 Who says Toilet Paper Roll Dragons all have to look the same?

Toilet Paper Roll Dragon
Use different color paper for the eyes and nose. You can always make a 3-D option by folding the paper to prop it up!

It’s time to breathe some fire into our Toilet Paper Roll Dragon! 🔥

4. Grab your tissue paper and fold in half. Cut sections at various widths and lengths for a fun fire effect! If you have multiple colors of tissue paper, then we encourage you to add it in for extra fire power. 😂

5. Roll your fire up as shown in the image below and tape or glue it to the inside of the mouth piece!

🔥 Give your fire-breathing dragon a go! 🔥

We named ours Cindy.

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Toilet Paper Pumpkins

Toilet Paper Pumpkin
Toilet Paper Pumpkin

Happy DIY Friday! Running out of time to decorate for fall? Don’t worry! These 5-minute pumpkins are the perfect do-it-yourself activity for the holidays.

You Will Need:

  • Full Toilet Paper Roll
  • Bandana or 22 x 22-inch fabric of your choice
  • Stick
  • Green Pipe Cleaners

To Begin:

1. Start with a full, unused toilet paper roll.

2. Next, unravel your toilet paper roll partially.

3. After your toilet paper roll is unraveled, loosely rewrap the toilet paper around the roll. Be sure to twist as you roll to really round out your pumpkin.

4. Next, lay your bandana or 22 x 22-inch piece of fabric flat on the surface in front of you and place your toilet paper roll right in the middle.

Toilet Paper Pumpkins
Toilet Paper Pumpkins

5. With a corner of the fabric in hand, fold and stuff it into the center of your toilet paper roll. Repeat with all four corners.

6. Next, stick a plain old stick from outside into the center of your pumpkin to create the stem.

7. Finally, grab a pipe cleaner. Twirl it around your finger or a pencil to make it curl. Stick it in the center of your pumpkin for a finishing touch!

Toilet Paper Pumpkin
Toilet Paper Pumpkin

And there you have it, an easy, 5-minute pumpkin!

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Popsicle Stick Spider Webs

Happy Friday! For this week’s craft you’ll want to stock up on Popsicle Sticks! This hands-on, interactive activity is fun to make while also fine-tuning motor skills! Let’s decorate!

Popsicle Stick Spider Webs
Popsicle Stick Spider Webs

You Will Need:

  • 4 Popsicle Sticks
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • String/Twine
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors
  • Plastic Spiders

To Begin:

  1. Start with 4 popsicle sticks – using your hot glue gun, glue two sticks together perpendicular to one another. Repeat with two more, then glue the 4 sticks together.
  2. Repeat step 1 as many times as needed. Hand these out to your residents.
  3. Provide your residents with paint colors of their choice and paintbrushes. Allow them time to paint the front and back sides of their popsicle stick figure.
Popsicle Stick Spider Webs
Popsicle Stick Spider Webs

4. Once your residents have painted their popsicle sticks, help them tie on a 2ft long string or piece of twine to the center of their popsicle sticks as demonstrated below:

Popsicle Stick Spider Webs
Popsicle Stick Spider Webs

5. Weave your piece of string through the popsicle sticks. Start by wrapping the string around the closest popsicle stick near the center. Continue wrapping the string around the popsicle sticks moving either clockwise or counterclockwise. Each time you pass your original starting place, move a little further away from the center.

6. Add plastic spiders and hang your spider webs to decorate for Halloween!

Popsicle Stick Spider Webs
Popsicle Stick Spider Webs

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