She also won't remember trick-or-treating for the first time, and she certainly won't be eating any of the candy she gets this year (mommy and daddy will take care of that thankyouverymuch). But I still wanted her to have a sweet and seasonal trick-or-treat bag.
Of course, since she won't remember it except in photos, I wanted the bag to be quick and cheap. I decided to make a jack o' lantern bag.
I grabbed a small paper bag with handles that we had on hand, some scrap paper, a craft knife, a pencil, and heavy-duty medium to use as glue.
The bag was a bit wrinkled, so I got rid of some of the wrinkles by ironing the bag.
Then I drew a little pumpkin on the wrong side of the orange paper, including triangle eyes and a smile with teeth just like Kate's. (I'm starting to learn that the quickest way to draw well is to not worry about drawing perfectly, so I didn't stress about the little lumps and bumps.)
Next I stapled together the brown and orange papers and cut out the pumpkin shape with the craft knife, ending up with one brown pumpkin and one orange pumpkin.
I cut out the jack o' lantern's eyes and mouth and removed the stem from the orange pumpkin, then glued it to the brown pumpkin (pencil side down, of course). Once that glue had dried, I glued the completed jack o' lantern to the bag.
It's not the most intricate or impressive craft ever, but the whole project took about twenty minutes of hands-on work and cost exactly nothing. Nice.
Are you making anything fun for Halloween? Do you also feel compelled to craft for kids who won't even remember (or notice to begin with)?