Wednesday, October 27, 2010

DIY ENTRY #22 Severed Finger Pens

Leave it to a boy to add the blood. Erin has really gotten into the spirit of Halloween Thanks for another DIY.
We started putting all of the Halloween craft supplies away last weekend. But before we did we had to make one last project. I saw this over at the Family Fun site. I don't know why I don't go there whenever I am looking for a craft to do. They have such great ideas!

Materials needed:

- It says to use modeling clay but have you ever tried to use modeling clay? It's rock solid. There was no way we could form that stuff so we bought soft clay that you have to bake. Much softer and easier to use!
- Disposable ink pen
- Fake fingernails
- Fingernail polish and decals (or whatever you want to use to decorate the fingernail)
- Glue gun

We wrapped the ink pen with the clay. It doesn't have to be perfect, it's supposed to look like a finger. (Ours aren't great fingers but I'm not an artist. Nor a finger maker by trade. So we just went with this.)
Don't forget to put the creases in the knuckles!

Take one of the fake fingernails and place it in the end where you want to put it. Push it down just a little so it makes a mark where it'll go.
Preheat the over to 275 degrees (or whatever temperature the clay says.)

Bake for 15 minutes. Let cool.

While the "fingers" are cooking, prep your nails. You can buy really cool Halloween fingernails at most stores. But I bought these at the Dollar Store (for $1!) We painted them with fingernail polish and then added Halloween decals that my daughter had.

After the polish has dried, glue them to the ends of the fingers.

My son wanted his to have blood on the end so he painted his with some red acrylic paint. He thought that looked cool.

How fun would these be in a gift bag? They were pretty cheap to make. And the kids love using them!

1 comment:

  1. I am adding this one to my Halloween box for next year! Awesome idea. I did not know you could bake pens in the oven. Do you think you could use that model magic by Crayola doesn't that air dry?



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