Halloween Kid’s Craft: How to Make a Tissue Box Monster
I was working in the lab late one night
When my eyes beheld an eerie sight
For my monster from his slab began to rise
And suddenly to my surprise
He did the mash
He did the monster mash
The monster mash!
-Lyrics from the Monster Mash by Bobby Pickett
Remember this song?? I loved it growing up. We had it on a record album and my brother and I would blast it and dance to it in our basement. Anyway, in honor of fun and not scary monsters, here is a fun kids craft for Halloween.
This recycled kid’s craft is a great activity not only to do at home, but at Girl or Boy Scouts, the library, church, school, or other fun group event. You can use them to put candy or toys inside during Halloween or as a candy wrapper trash receptacle.
Did you know that the average person generates over 4 pounds of trash every day and about 1.5 tons of solid waste per year? Woah! Gather up some things around the house that the kids can reuse and recycle.
- Tissue boxes (both square and rectangular)
- Paper towel rolls or cardboard tubes
- Scraps of cardboard from food boxes
- Bottle Caps
- Empty and Clean K-Cups
Kids can get creative by choosing their own colors and materials of choice. Here is a list of materials you can have handy for the kids to use. I added some affiliate links for your reference.
- Paint and paint brushes
- Constructions paper
- Scrapbook paper
- Mixed-media scissors (for the adults to use)
- Washi tape or colorful duct tape
- Various craft punches
- Pipe cleaners
Making a Monster
For my monster, I decided to make a partner in crime for my Monster wreath since I had some extra feather boas. I started by painting my empty tissue box yellow. I added black (rotten of course) teeth with black construction paper. I wrapped my feather boas around the box and glued it with hot glue.
Make Monster Feet
Next I created my monster feet by painting and cutting a paper towel roll into fourths. I cut a jagged edge on one end and folded them up for toes.
I used scrapbook paper and craft punches for my monster eye and glued it on. If you don’t have craft punches, you can trace various lid sizes with pencil on construction paper and cut them out. Here he is!
Here he is, a little more sophisticated, with a bow tie. The kids can feed him candy! You can use him as a candy dish or keep him next to the candy dish to use as a waste basket for candy wrappers. After all, monsters will eat anything!
I hope you like it! Be sure to check out my matching monster wreath!
Other Fun Kid’s Crafts for Halloween
Here are some other fun kid’s crafts that we have made over the years. The recycled jar pumpkin we made at the library and it was a hit!
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