We all have them; those little painted and glittered rocks, that letter written by a 5-year old that told you why you are the ‘best mom’ and those grade school art projects that *you believe* are fit for any museum (heck…I have several of the latter professionally framed in my home!). These Pet Masquerade Party portraits fall into that category for me. If you are looking for an Easy Halloween Craft, it’s the perfect one.
We started this Pet Masquerade Party several years ago and have made additions over the years as our menagerie has grown or shrunk.
But first…as usual…the backstory of my Pet Masquerade Party, which is such an easy Halloween craft.
When my kiddos were younger, Halloween was a BIG DEAL in our home, maybe not quite on the scale of Christmas in terms of decorations, but ‘pert dang close.’ Since our house was decorated to the nines, it just made sense for us to have a party on Halloween night.
Our home would be filled with costume-clad friends and family for food and festivities, followed by en masse trick or treating around the neighborhood. Once my babies became too old for trick-or-treating, we fell out of the party routine as well.
However, it is still fun to decorate, though on a slightly smaller scale. When I went through my attic last year as part of my de-cluttering, I sorted through and passed down many of our large and ‘child-focused’ decorations to a family friend with young children, hoping that the decorations would liven their Halloweens.
However, despite my wholesale declutter mode, I held on to some of my favorite decorations, especially those that we made or have sentimental value. These Pet Masquerade Party pictures fall into both categories…the kids and I made them and they hold a very sentimental place in our hearts.
This is such an easy Halloween Craft project and suitable for kids and adults…I have just as much fun putting these outfits together as my kids do. The supply list is pretty short and creativity is key for this project. Heck, I could even see making this into a Grown-up Girl’s Craft Night project. Anyone local game?
Here’s What you Need for this Easy Halloween Craft:
I was able to find everything I needed at my local Michael’s, but you can also find the stuff on Amazon.
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- Black and White Photo. We used photos of our pets, but there’s no reason you couldn’t use photos of your favorite 2-legged pets as well.
- A variety of Halloween Scrapbook paper.
- White and Black Cardstock. I used 8″ X 10″, but that’s so up to you.
- Bling…adhesive gems.
- We also attached some bat stickers.
- Patterns…this is so up to you,
How to Make the Pet Masquerade Party:
- Use your printer to shrink down the face of your sweet pet. The patterns give you a guide to follow for the size of the head, relative to the pattern pieces. You can cut that circle out and place the hole over your pet’s head to see if it fits inside.
- Cut out your pet’s face. I kept in the ears and a little bit of the neck.
- Cut out the clothing. If you are making your own patterns, then it’ll be a little ‘trial and error’ to get the proportions right…just a little snip at a time.
- Glue it all on and add some bling.
- Put it in a frame so that you can pull it out year after year and it’s still in good condition. Since Kate’s hamster, Scoobi Doo, was one of our party-goers, that means that we did that one 5 or 6 years ago and it’s still in perfect condition.
- Presto Magico…you have your Pet Masquerade Party-goer.
Here’s who’s at our party…
First up, we have ‘Puddles the Bad Witch’. There was really no choice but to make Puddles a witch…she is really an ornery and oftentimes downright nasty cat.
Her name reflects exactly where we found her when she was 2 weeks old after a Hurricane blew through our town. We bottle-fed her and taught her to use the litter box, and I think somewhere in her soul, she really does love us…kinda..sorta….at dinnertime.
But I have to say, there is just ‘something’ about Puddles. She’s smart as a whip, full of character and has easily (and in dramatic fashion) used up every one of her 9 lives.
Then we have ‘Brandy the Sweet’. Brandy left us 6 years ago, but we talk of her fondly and regularly. She loved more than anything to be in the car when we drove through a water puddle! She was a great pup for both my babies and suffered through many dress-up parties…in real life.
‘Scoobi-Doo…the Hamster’ is next in line. Scoobi-Doo was the final hamster in a string of hamsters much loved by Kate. We had our fair share of ‘interesting’ hamsters, but I do believe that Scoobi-Doo ended up being Kate’s favorite. And doesn’t he look dapper!
And finally, we have ‘Flora, the Practically Perfect in every way Princess’. If you’ve been a reader for any length of time you know that this family is quite smitten with this girl.
When we visited Kate at school last week, her only request was that we please bring Flora. So, of course, we did. It was only fitting that Flora wear an outfit inspired by ‘Glinda, the Good Witch’
It always makes me smile to have our coterie of beloved pets play a part in our annual Halloween decorations.
And, as much as it pains me to say it, I have to say that Puddles’ ensemble is really my favorite.
Well, there you have it my friends, an easy Halloween craft, which would be fun for all ages. And as important, one that you will enjoy pulling out of your Halloween decorations box every year.
If you are looking for other Halloween decoration ideas, check out my whimsical Halloween decor post for more!
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