This craft was not meant to look like it does, it was meant to look like this... (oops, just noticed that blog has been made invite only, sorry, ignore the link)
which is an Autumn leaf lantern. Although being spring, I was going to try it with the new spring growth leaves, hoping they would have the translucency needed.
However, it looks like this:
which I actually think is rather cool too.
One nasty, Jack-o-lantern type thingy.
This was entirely Mr 5's idea: as I was trying to drag him outside on a leaf hunt, he was dead set on creating his own piece of Halloween.
Seeing as we don't celebrate Halloween AT ALL.
Although I did whip up a batch of cupcakes for pre-school and pipe spider webs onto them.
And made a few of these bats too, just for fun.
But really, we don't celebrate it widely here in Australia, which I'm glad for, just to avoid the candy overload that seems to occur.
However, Mr 5 very much likes the idea of Jack-o-lanterns, whereas I have absolutely NO desire to go round carving evil faces in pumpkins.
So we got the jars ready for our leaves, then he dragged out the crepe paper, got dad to cut out a suitably ugly countenance, glued it on, found a candle, stuck it onto the bottom of the jar, got dad to light it, drew all the curtains and called me to come and see.
I might be able to stretch to Jack-o-lanterns every year if we follow this formula.
No icky pumpkin covered hands required.