Halloween is a time to let ourselves be scared more than we normally do, thanks to haunted house, scary movie marathons and creative Halloween costumes. But for younger trick-or-treaters, a Halloween that’s too heavy on the scary side of things can be overwhelming. While the stores are still stocked with ghoulish treats, you’d be surprised at some of the cute Halloween craft supplies out there to make sure this Oct. 31 is all about fun – that’s just a little bit scary.
Stampin’ Up! has long been a go-to source of mine for finding charming scrapbook and stamping supplies that appeal to crafters of all ages. This year they released an adorable gingerbread-themed shaped paper punch that is the building block for several different holiday stamps, including Halloween.
Meet the Cookie Cutter Halloween set. A little vampire, mummy, skeleton and scarecrow have joined forces to make a sweet, not scary, Halloween crafting activity. How does it work?
Simply ink up the stamp and stamp onto a piece of paper. Turn the cookie cutter punch over and position your image into the shape’s design. Give it a squeeze and your stamped image is now perfectly cut to shape.
The stamp designs lend themselves to be colored, glittered … whatever your crafty heart desires! These sweet characters are perfect for making simple, kid-friendly greeting cards your child can give to friends. Or, older crafters can add them as embellishments to their own DIY card creations. The characters can also quickly be turned into magnets, pins and even small puppets.
Picking up the paper punch and Halloween set now means you can look ahead to winter holiday crafting with the coordinating Christmas set. One punch, many holiday options.
Looking for another dose of Halloween fun? Try the Jar of Haunts stamp collection. Once again, they’re more about the fun and not so much about the scary! The set features some readymade designs but also gives you the freedom to design your own hauntingly fun jar.
How could you use these stamps? Why not create a stack of gift tags to be used with Halloween treats that are presented to neighbors?
No matter what you end up making, rest assured that there are not-so-scary craft options for Halloween making.