EAC’s KinderArts program’s free video workshops for kids are here! (Scroll down, or view the playlist on YouTube). Craft along with Nia Aretakis as she makes four different projects in this month’s offering: Spooky & Sweet Halloween Decorations. These crafts—a pumpkin, Frankenstein’s monster, a witch and a ghost scene—are designed for children ages 3-8 (with an adult helper participating as needed), but crafters of ALL ages are sure to enjoy completing the projects with Nia.

Free materials kits for the projects were made available at Eastport Arts Center on Sunday, October 25, by pre-reservation with alison@eastportartscenter.org. Those who still wish to complete the projects will find a full materials list and tips below.

Funding for this series has been provided by Belvedere Traditional Handcrafts Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. Donations will be gratefully accepted as well—either in the coffee can provided at materials pickup or via the EAC’s website. Participants are encouraged to send photos of their projects to Alison.

Read more about Nia and this program here. Please find materials information and tips below the video links!

Craft along with Nia: a pumpkin!
Cute or creepy? It’s Frankenstein’s monster!
Let your creativity fly with this witch design!
Series finale (and Nia’s favorite) is this ghost scene.

Time to do the crafts!
Participants will need to gather the following supplies from home: a pen and pencil, scissors, Elmers or craft glue, newspaper or protective cloth for your work surface and old clothes or smock.

If you’re not using a kit, here are the items to gather before viewing Nia’s videos:
All four designs are based on a paper plate, but feel free to use paper or cardboard circles. In addition, you’ll need:
Pumpkin – orange and black paint, precut paper green stem.
Frankenstein’s Monster – green and black paint, precut black paper hair and bolts, googly eyes or make paper eyes.
Witch – green and black paint, precut black paper hat, orange paper for crafter to cut out hair shapes, googly eyes or make paper eyes.
Ghost Scene – black paint, precut paper yellow moon and blank precut pumpkins, white paper for crafter to create ghosts.

Tips for the crafters:
Pause video as needed: Please note—each of the 4 project videos is about 10 minutes long, though you may want to pause the video to allow your child to finish the steps in their own time.
Pre-cut paper parts: For younger crafters, an adult helper can do all of the scissors tasks ahead.
Drying time hack: You may find it helpful to paint the paper plate ahead to allow for drying time before the gluing steps. (Or do all four if you plan to complete all four characters in one session).

Use what you’ve got: These crafts can be easily adapted to any color paper or supplies you have on hand. Perhaps your child has some special ideas of their own? Have fun!!

Participate socially
We’d love to see what you make! Drop us a line and let us know where in the world you’re ‘crafting along’ from. We encourage you to send a photo of your project or of crafters at work to alison@eastportartscenter.org. We’ll share a selection of these images on our site!

Please consider helping to sustain our efforts by donating to the EAC
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