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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Halloween Crafts on Thursday!

I’ve been looking all over the internet for some cute, not creepy or gross, Halloween craft ideas and I think I’m ready to show you the first one I found. I absolutely love this idea! It’s completely appealing to my four year old daughter who loves all things tiny. Check it out (and a ton more Halloween ideas too) here: http://familyfun.go.com/halloween/halloween-crafts/halloween-decorations/acorn-pumpkins-667914/

The picture, as well as the idea, comes from the Family Fun website.

Materials
Acorns
Orange acrylic paint
Brown acrylic paint
Black permanent marker


Instructions
1. Remove the caps from a handful of acorns.
2. Coat each one with orange acrylic paint, adding a bit of brown to the acorn's point for a stem.
3. Let the paints dry, then add a jack-o'-lantern face with a black permanent marker.


Warning: As several FamilyFun readers who made this craft found out, some acorns are infested with weevils. The weevils feed on the nutmeat while they develop over the summer, and when the acorns hit the ground in the fall, these insects know it's time to start chewing their way out and into the ground -- or your home. Reader Janie Foster offers a solution: before you start the project, bake the acorns in a slow oven to kill the weevils. Just be careful not to burn the acorns!

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