Make this easy, no mess Halloween craft cleverly called ‘Boo Blocks’ for your next Halloween party or carnival!
Need a no mess craft for your kids this Halloween? Boo Blocks are an easy way for kids to get in the spirit of Halloween, while creating a holiday decoration that you will love! With a little prep and a few simple supplies, boo blocks are the perfect craft when hosting lots of kids at Halloween parties or carnivals!
I first created ‘boo blocks’ as one of several activities for my daughter’s halloween themed craft party a few years ago. As a former art teacher, I have always tried to inspire my kids to love the process of creating. During the party, we painted images of pumpkins on canvas with acrylic paints, and decorated whimsical skulls with paint pens and rhinestones. I needed another activity that was fun, but easy and mess free. Due to my love of scrapbooking and endless craft stash, I decided that using simple scrapbooking techniques on wooden blocks would be fun!
Step 1. Cut one inch thick plywood into 6 inch squares. You can probably get it cut at Home Depot or Lowe’s if you do not have a table saw. Sand any rough edges, if necessary.
Step 2. Spray paint one flat side and all four of the edges of the wood with black spray paint. Allow to dry completely.
Step 3. Choose a background paper for your block. I purchased an assortment of 6 x 6 inch halloween themed scrapbook paper, like the one here. You can use larger sheets of paper cut to size. Either way, it is so much easier to have the pre-cut paper into 6 inch squares. Use modge podge or Elmers glue to adhere the paper to the block of wood with an inexpensive sponge brush. Looking for a faster drying alternative? Use Elmer’s all purpose spray adhesive!
Step 4. Use halloween themed washi tape or adhesive borders to create frames or stripes across the boards. You can find adhesive borders in the sticker department at craft stores or online. Precut the tape adhesive borders into 6 inch strips. You can also use a paper cutter to cut scrapbook paper into 6 inch strips to glue onto the design. Tape or stickers just makes it easy to peel and stick onto the board. The less glue and more adhesive stickers, the less mess!
Step 5. Embelish, embellish, embellish! This is the fun part where you can add halloween themed 3D or foam stickers, craft letters, adhesive gemstones, buttons, or small trinkets like spiders. Finding decorations with peel and stick backs makes it easy for kids to do. Or get a box of ‘glue dots’ to adhere decorations to the block. No mess, all the fun!
This kid friendly halloween craft is fun to make and display in your home for October. Add it to your Halloween vignettes for a festive look!
I will share a few more Halloween crafts all month long, including holiday banners and tips to make ‘boo baskets’ for your neighborhood! Pin this to your Halloween board on Pinterest to make this weekend with your kids! Happy October!