Spooky DIY totems
Here’s a terrific idea for Halloween: two fun DIY projects using recycled containers that you can do with the kids!
Whether displayed at the front door or in the window, or used as eye-catching lanterns that your kids can take along for trick-or-treating, your creativity will shine!
- Step 1
On the side opposite of the spout, draw 2 faces of a monster, ghost or skeleton on the milk carton, one below the other, using a permanent marker
- Step 2
With an X-ACTO-type knife, carefully cut out the faces.
- Step 3
- Step 4
Cover the milk carton with black paint to give it a completely uniform look. Attach a glow stick to the cap of the carton’s spout using string, so it hangs inside the carton.
- DAYTIME TOTEMS
- NIGHT TOTEMS
- Rinse the milk cartons well before using.
- A small X-ACTO-type knife is better for cutting out small areas.
- Kids will find a foam brush easier for painting.
- Apply several thin layers of paint rather than one thick one. This way, the paint won’t run and you’ll avoid streak marks.
- If you opt for chalk paint, your children will be able to draw, write or personalize their totem as they like!
- Let the black chalk paint dry for at least 3 days before decorating it.
- Black paint will give your totem a more solid, opaque look so that in the dark the illuminated faces stand out more.
- You can also run a string from one side of the carton to the other to create a handle and transform it into a lantern. Convenient and useful for making sure your little one is visible when they go trick-or-treating!