Spooky Halloween 3-D Dangler Card
What you will make:
This craft project is a kid version of the grown-up
Dangler Cards tutorial. Like in the
adult version, this is a 3-dimensional, freestanding card with a
dangler. It's made a bit differently for ease of construction and is
designed for construction paper.
In this project, kids
make a house spook from black construction paper
with an opening to peer inside at the ghostly residents. They will cut a
jack-o'-lantern from orange construction paper to hang in the card's opening
as a dangler. The front of the card is also decorated with a
project is great for family, classroom or group craft time. It requires
no patterns and uses basic craft materials. The craft can be done in one
or two sessions, depending on the time available.
Related craft: See the projects listed in
Greeting Cards Kids Can Make for
more card making ideas just for kids!
Here's what you need:
- Black and orange construction paper, 9" by 12"
- White crayon or chalk
- Black, brown and green markers or crayons
- Clear adhesive tape
- String or thread
- Bead: 6 to 8 mm
- ¼" or smaller hole punch or sewing needle
- Ruler or paper trimmer
- Optional: Glitter, spray sealant or hair spray
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This project is rated EASY to do.
How to Make Halloween Spook House Dangler Cards
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Project Preparation
Pre-cut the paper. Cut the 9" by 12" black construction paper
in half lengthwise to make two 12" by 4½" halves. Cut the 9" by 12"
construction paper in quarters that are 4½"
by 6". Each card requires one of the 12" by 4½" black papers and two of the 4½" by 6"
- Step 2: Cut and Fold
Cut the 12" by 4½" black paper into two pieces that are 7"
and 5" long. Fold both pieces in half—match the short ends
and then make a sharp crease with your thumbs.
Tip: The card will fit in a standard invitation
envelope or a #6¾ envelope. See Aunt Annie's
Envelopes to Make
project for printable envelope patterns—the
Invitation envelope pattern fits the Spook
- Step 3: Cut Opening
Cut a circle or oval opening in the smaller black paper. With the
paper folded, draw half of a circle or oval on the fold—make
it about 3" tall. Cut on the line and unfold your paper to check the
size of the opening. Make any adjustments needed.
Tips: Think about the shape and size of your
jack-o'-lantern dangler when making the opening.
- Step 4: Decorate
Unfold the 7" black paper and draw ghosts on the inside with
a white crayon or white chalk. Add any other spooky drawings
that you like. You could also add some glitter.
On the front of the 5" piece of black paper draw stars with
the white crayon or chalk.
Tip: If you use chalk, lightly spray the paper
with a sealant or hair spray to keep the chalk from smearing.
- Step 5: Jack-o'-lanterns
Cut out two jack-o'-lanterns from the orange paper—one for
the front of the card and another to use as a dangler. Use the markers to color the pumpkins and turn them into
front, fold one of the 4½" by 6" orange papers in half lengthwise.
Draw half of a tall pumpkin with stem along the fold and cut out.
Add a scary face with markers and color the stem green or brown.
Fold the 7" black paper in half with the ghosts on the inside and
then glue the tall jack-o'-lantern on the front of the card.
For the dangler, fold the other 4½" by 6" orange paper in half
the other direction. Trace the opening cut in the black paper along
the fold and then draw a smaller pumpkin shape, with stem, inside
it. Be sure there's about a ½" margin around the top, side
and bottom of the pumpkin. Cut out the pumpkin and then color jack-o'-lantern eyes, nose and mouth
on the cutout. Color the stem and add thin brown vertical lines to
the pumpkin so it looks more pumpkin-like. Make the same markings on the other
side of the cutout. Tip: If you hold the
cutout face-down against a sunny window, you can trace the markings.
- Step 6: Assemble Card
Tape the two black pieces of paper together along their
sides. Lay the 7" paper face down and the 5" piece face up.
Align the short edges of the two papers and join with a piece of
tape running along the seam. Trim any excess tape. Fold the card
on the taped seam and match the other ends. Tape the ends
together with another length of tape and trim any excess. Stand
up your card.
- Step 7: Hang Dangler
Cut a 10" length of string or thread for hanging the dangler.
Punch a hole in the jack-o'-lantern's stem and push the string
through the punched hole. Bring the two ends of the string together
and thread through the hole in the bead. Tie a double knot close to
the top of the bead.
Punch a hole in the card, centered above the
opening. Thread one end of the dangler's string through the hole,
adjust the length of the string so the dangler hangs freely in the
opening. Tie the ends together in a secure knot. Trim any loose
ends, if needed.
That's it! Your Halloween Spook
House Dangler card is done!
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