A Fun Halloween Monster Craft

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I don't know about your household, but we all get a little giddy around here when the chill hits the air and the seasonal aisles at Target switch from back-to-school supplies to Halloween decorations. My four-year old is already trying to decide what costume he will wear, and I've planned what we're eating that night, and mapped out our trick-or-treating route. Clearly, we're excited.

As lovers of crafts, we always kick off the fall season with a fun Halloween craft. My kiddos love nice monsters. Yes, it's an oxymoron, but with the monsters of Monsters, Inc. being part of their childhoods, they believe that monsters can be scary looking but very kind. This monster craft is super fun and can be made with items you already have around your home. Furthermore, your child's crafty ghouls can be as charming or as terrifying as they wish.

How to Make Your Halloween Monster Craft


Only the first four supplies are required to make the monsters. The others are what we had around the house to decorate.

  • Paper towel/toilet paper rolls
  • Paint (do not use water colors)
  • Paint brushes or sponge brushes
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Jewels
  • Sequins
  • Markers
  • Glue
  • Pipe cleaners

Halloween supply pic


Paint the paper towel roll or toilet paper roll. We really like to use Craft Smart acrylic paint found at Michaels or other craft stores. It's very inexpensive and comes in 2-oz. bottles so you can get several colors for less than $5. Do not use water colors; they do not show up well on the rolls. Also, sponge brushes work well because they cover a lot of surface area with one stroke.

painting halloween monster

Once the paint has completely dried, push down the top of the roll as shown in the photo. This gives the monster the appearance of horns. You can add a piece of a tape, but it typically stays folded down on its own.

pushing monster down

Let your children choose materials of their choice to decorate and have fun!

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What are your favorite Halloween crafts you like to make?

head shot outside of house   Susanna Barbee is founder of the blog Zealous Mom . Along with blogging, Susanna is a mom to two little boys, wife, freelance writer, and educator. An English teacher by trade, Susanna works part-time as an English/Social Studies instructional coach at a public middle school, writes, and tries to spend every other available moment with her family. In her spare time, Susanna loves to travel, read, drink strong coffee, and dine outdoors.

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