by Amanda Reasnor at www.sandplums.com
I am making two sets of Halloween treats this year – one set for my son’s friends and another set for my son’s preschool friends. I wanted them both to be homemade and involve my son but, as always, inexpensive and simple.
As an alternative to candy, my son and I made Halloween bracelets for his friends. We had such a great time making these together and they were much less expensive than candy.
I was fortunate enough to have been given Tim Holtz facets in a swag bag from a conference I attended and decided these would be great Halloween charms.
I purchased some Halloween paper, cut the paper to fit the facets by tracing around each shape, and Mod Podged the paper to the facet.
For more beads, I used the Perler Beads that we already had and bought some Halloween beads and stretchy plastic string called Stretch Magic for Kids at Hobby Lobby.
To help my son string the beads, I clipped a paper clasp at the end of the string.
We mixed and matched all the beads and came up with some great creations!
Despite the claims from the Stretch Magic string, the knots were a challenge. They were easy to tie but they would not stay in place – it was not a knot. To remedy this, I just placed a small bead of glue over each knot and it stayed in place.
Because of the glue and beads, these bracelets would not be recommended for kids who are still in the chewing-on-everything phase.
For the preschool treat, we went the candy route. I purchased some great bags from Tiffany Bell, my Stampin’ Up Demonstrator. The 1” x 8” cellophane bags are the perfect size for stacked M&M’s – I know, M&M’s stacked – how cute! There is even a sticky strip at the top of each bag for easy closure.
The hardest part is not eating the candy.
Next, I folded the scalloped circle in half and used a small hole punch to punch decorative holes in alternating scallops. (Note: I used the small hole punch on the Crop-A-Dile – a scary looking paper crafting tool that paper crafts love for its versatility. Any small punch will work here.)