Halloween Hand Print Ghoul Banner

Halloween brings out the creativity in me more than any other time of year. Not even Christmas conjures of the ideas that go through my head at Halloween. If you visit this blog regularly, you know I am obsessed with creating fun crafts for kids that use inexpensive or recycled supplies. I know that when I was a young mother I didn’t want to have to run out to the craft store just to make a project with my little ones, especially with the attention spans they had. Much like my other kid’s projects, this hand print craft uses very minimal supplies, most of which you probably have on hand. Shall we get on with it then?

Halloween Hand Print Ghoul Banner
printable version

Construction paper: white, black, yellow, green, red, purple, black and orange
Black marker (or crayon)
White paint pen (or crayon)
Glue stick

On any one of the colored papers trace your child’s hand. Stack green, yellow, purple, red, orange and black sheets on top of each other with the traced hand print sheet on top.

Tip: to keep the sheets together you can paper clip them on all four sides.

Cut out the handprint, cutting through all six sheets at once. If you prefer, do each one individually or only 2 or 3 at once. Whatever works best for you!

With fingers of the cut outs pointing downward, have children draw faces on the hand prints.

Fold a sheet of white construction paper in half lengthwise. Open up and cut along crease. Attach the two lengths of white paper together with glue stick, end to end.

Repeat this step with a sheet of black paper as well, only this time after folding in half, trim off about 1/2″ from the long ends and the same on the short ends. The idea is to make the black the foreground color, placing it on top of the white banner, making the white banner the border.

After you trim the black sheet, go ahead and cut it in half lengthwise like you did with the white one and glue on top of the white sheets.

Attach the hand print ghouls to the bottom of the banner with glue stick. Use white paint pen or white crayon to write Happy Halloween across the banner. Hang!

You might also like:
Recycled Bread Tag Monsters (from me)
Handprint Spider (from About.com)

ANOTHER CRAFTY IDEA >>  Canning Lid Monster Craft


  1. Lorie says

    Amanda! I love it! We are going to have to use that idea tomorrow night for Family night! I think I will make them as a garland for my fireplace!

  2. Sandra says

    Cute. I love the idea of making using handprints. We used to take our daughter's handprints every year but dropped the tradition years back. (I have no idea why). Love it.

  3. Becky @ Our Sweet Peas says

    Love this. I will be doing this with my twin boys. I love handprint crafts to remind me of how they are growing from year to year. Thanks!

  4. Sassy Sites! says

    Super cute! I found you at the Today's Creative Blog hop! Come by and visit me at Sassy Sites! We have a giveaway going on AND a header contest. Come by and check it out. xoxo

    Marni @ Sassy Sites!

  5. RedTedArt says

    You are the Halloween Queen!! So many fabulous ideas!!! And all as "easy as the next", but so great to look at!

    Thank you for linking up :-)


  6. Connie says

    I love that idea. My 7yr daughter made one today. It's going on my blog and I'll refer back to you.

    Thanks for sharing.

  7. Danielle Hunter says

    These are fun! I would love to do this project with my girls and I'll be sharing the link on my blog tomorrow!

  8. Michelle says

    Jason has been telling me you had a craft blog as well as a food one and I FINALLY remembered to check it out! You have some really great ideas, and I LOVE this one. I've been looking for a simple Halloween craft to do with my CCD preschoolers, and this would be perfect!

    ~Michelle (Jay's wife) :)

  9. Amanda says

    Hi Michelle! Glad you made it over and that you like this project! :) It's definitely an easy one that kids will really like. Thanks for coming by, I hope the kids enjoy it!

  10. Michelle says

    I'm sure they will! I think I'm going to make it even easier by pre-cutting eye and mouth shapes so that all they have to do is pick and choose which ones they'd like. Maybe even have some google eyes. Won't have them make the whole banner, just the hands for them to take home. This is such a nice, simple idea for the younger kids to do. I look forward to seeing what other ideas you have on here!


  11. Anonymous says

    We made this in our after-school program. The children had a great time with this one. The expressions on the ghosts where a hoot!

  12. says

    Thanks for the fun craft with supplies I could send my daughter into the other room to grab! :) We made this banner this afternoon and the kids are so proud. I Pinned your post, hope that’s okay!


  1. […] In einem Blog habe ich einen Vorschlag gesehen, wie man aus Handabdrucken und jede Menge Tonpapier/Fotokarton blitzschnell eine schöne Halloween-Deko bastelt. Amandas Idee habe ich abgewandelt, denn: Sie zeichnet die Hand ihres Kindes einmal auf Tonpapier nach, klammert dann mehrere Lagen Tonpapier auf einander und schneidet die Hand zig mal aus. Verzieren, Schriftzug drüber: fertig. […]

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