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With the kids back in school, I try to keep a variety of snacks on hand for their lunch, and for afternoon snacking. We all love Kraft Hershey's Ready To Eat Pudding Cups, so I make sure to stock up on them at Walmart. They're available in 2 delicious flavors, Chocolate and Smore's, and they're made with real Hershey's cocoa. YUM!
We've been saving up our empty Hershey's Ready To Eat Pudding Cups to make some fun upcycled DIY Halloween Decor Kids Crafts. We're so excited with how it all came out! We made cute upcycled Pumpkin and Ghost Halloween Walkway Lanterns using our empty pudding cups, plastic cake-pop sticks, and a few other simple supplies. We also made an adorable upcycled Bat Mobile using a few empty pudding cups and a few additional simple supplies from around the house and the yard.
Check out the supply lists and our tutorials on how to make these simple Halloween Walkway Lanterns, and a Halloween Bat Mobile kids crafts using your upcycled empty Hershey's Ready To Eat Pudding Cups, below.
What you'll need to make your own upcycled Halloween Walkway Lanterns:
- Craft Scissors
- Double sided tape (we found ours at Walmart for under $1)
- Low temp hot glue gun/ low temp hot glue sticks (for adult use only)
- 6-8 empty Hershey's Ready To Eat Pudding Cups
- 6-8 Plastic cake-pop sticks
- White plastic disposable party table cover (1.50 ea. at Walmart)
- Orange plastic disposable party table cover ($1.50 ea. at Walmart)
- Black permanent maker (to be used with adult supervision only)
- 6-8 Battery Operated Tea lights (NOTE: These lanterns are for use with battery operated tea lights ONLY)
- Optional: Black & White Chevron washi tape or another pattern of your choosing (to decorate the rim of your lanterns - refer to images above and below).
- Use the end of your scissors to carefully poke a hole in the middle of your empty (washed and dried) plastic pudding cups. The hole should be just large enough to fit the end of the cake-pop stick)
- Cut 6-8 plastic strips ( 10" W x 6" H for pumpkins - 10" W x 10" H for Ghosts) from your orange and white disposable party table cover. Set excess aside.
- Once complete cover the entire perimeter of the cup with double sided tape.
- Cover with your pre-cut strips of plastic table covering (for ghosts and pumpkins. For pumpkins cover the bottom where your hole is positioned, and poke through with scissors after completely covered. For Ghosts, cut hanging excess into fringe to create a flowing bottom that hangs partially over the stick/lawn stake (refer to images above and below).
- Optional Step: Decorate the rim of your pudding cups with black & white (or another fun pattern) Washi tape.
- Use a black permanent marker to draw on your ghost face / pumpkin jack-o-lantern face.
- Use a sharp pair of craft scissors to snip off the tip of the cake pop sticks (about 1/4" above the stabilizing ring (see images below).
- Adult step: Use a low-temp glue gun and low-temp glue sticks to affix your pre-cut cake-pop sticks through the pre-cut holes in the bottom of your pudding cups. Affix on the bottom side & inside of your pudding cups using a generous dab of hot glue. Hold in place for a minute or two, until the glue has dried and the stick is securely attached.
- Stake into the ground, as pictured above and below. Add a battery operated tea light to each lantern to light your walkway on Halloween night for neighborhood trick-or-treater's.
What you'll need to make your own DIY Halloween Decor Bat Mobile Kids Craft :
- Double-sided tape
- Black plastic disposable party table cover
- 4 empty Hershey Ready To Eat Pudding Cups
- Self-adhesive googly eyes in various sizes (we found ours at Walmart as a multi-size sheet for $1.97)
- Black craft foam (for bat ears)
- White craft foam (for bat teeth)
- Craft foam glue or low-temp hot glue gun & low temp hot glue sticks (adult use only - adults should complete this step if using a hot glue gun!)
- Clear plastic bead string (for hanging bats and for creating a hanger for mobile)
- Sturdy stick or branch to create a hanger for your bats / base for your hanging mobile.
- Use heavy duty craft scissors to poke a hole in the bottom of your empty (washed and dried) pudding cups.
- Cut 4 8" W x 6" H strips out of your black disposable party table cover.
- Cover the perimeter of your pudding cups with double-sided tape.
- Wrap/drape your cups (top and sides (leaving the hollow bottom uncovered)with your pre-cut black disposable party table cover strips.
- Use your scissors to poke through the disposable table cover to your previously made hole for hanging.
- Cut the excess of your table cover away leaving two large flaps on the sides and less in the front and back of your bats to create the look of bat wings.
- Affix 2 googly eyes to the front of your "bat"
- Cut 2 black triangle bat ears and white bat teeth for each of your bats (x4) using your black and white craft foam. Affix bat ears to the top of each of your pudding cup bats using low-temp hot glue or craft foam glue (adults should complete this step)
- Thread a long piece of clear beading string through the hole and knot on the inside a few times (making the knot large enough that it won't slip through the hole).
- Hang your 4 completed upcycled bats from a cut sturdy stick or branch (staggered at various lengths ).
- Create a hanger for your branch using clear beading string by wrapping the string around both ends, tie. Create a loop hanger in the center by joining clear beading sting in the center and create a loop/knot.
- Hang outside to greet neighborhood trick-or-treaters on Halloween night!
Check out more fun kids craft ideas and recipes using Kraft products at Walmart.com . I'd love to hear your favorite - share in a comment below!