Easy monster craft idea for kids! Make some brightly-coloured monsters from pegs or clothespins.
I’m seriously getting into making easy Halloween crafts for kids this year. I love a themed-crafting challenge.
You might be wondering how useful these peg monsters would actually be. Well, the answer is very useful…
• Peg your finished monsters onto things to decorate for Halloween (like a fruit bowl, or a bowl of treats)
• Stick a magnet onto the back with a hot glue gun to make quirky, decorative peg magnets
• Peg it to a Monster Joke and add it to your child’s school lunch to make them smile at lunch time
• Or, you could fill small treat bags to give away as mini Halloween gifts and peg them shut with a monster
I love that these monsters are so bright and colourful – not at all scary or sinister-looking for people with younger kids.
My girls (who adore Goosebumps books now) were terrified of anything even remotely scary when they were younger and could barely get through most Disney movies. Miss 10 forgets the way she felt when she would hide behind the sofa or flee from the room whenever evil or “bad” characters were on the screen.
How quickly they grow and change, right?
The materials needed for these peg monsters are basic and it’s likely that you have most of it already in your craft cupboard. I’ve used standard sized wooden clothes pegs (or clothespins if you in in the USA) rather than special crafting ones.
Easy peg monster craft for kids
You will need:
• Wooden pegs (clothespins)
• Yarn – for best affect use different textures and colours but any will do
• Pipe cleaners
• Googly eyes
• Acrylic paints
• Plastic beads
• Gel pens
• Tacky craft glue
- Paint your pegs in bright colours and allow to dry
- Wrap some yarn around your fingers. I’ve wrapped it around three of my fingers, but a child might need to wrap it around four. Once you have a nice sized bundle (no specific size, anything goes really) slide it off your fingers and tie a separate piece of yarn around the centre tightly in a double knot.
- Use your scissors to trim the looped ends on either end of the yarn bundle giving you a thin pom pom.
- Apply glue to the inside top of your peg, and stuff the bundle of yarn in so that the pom pom ends are sticking out like hair. Once the glue dries you will still be able to open and close the peg even with the yarn glued in there.
- Cut a pipe cleaner in half and poke it through the spring in the centre of the peg. Thread a plastic bead onto each end of the pipe cleaner to make hands and twist the pipe cleaner ends back around themselves so the beads stay in place.
- Glue either one or two googly eyes on the front, and draw a mouth with gel pen.
My daughter loves to use these monsters as monster dolls. They’re “friendly monsters” and they live in a little fairy house we made from a paper bag (which I’ll share here one day soon).
More easy Halloween crafts for kids
• Make some Halloween paper crafts using our fun printables
• These colourful suncatchers are another non-scary Halloween craft suitable for younger kids
• Make some fun Balloon Monsters using our printable stick-on parts
• Salt dough ornaments are an inexpensive and fun decoration to make for Halloween
• These pom pom spiders are fun and easy to make