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Halloween Party Picks

These festive toothpicks will turn any party appetizer into a real treat.

Introduction

Resources: To purchase Liquitex Matte Medium, visit liquitex.com. For Sharpie Extra Fine Point Paint Pens, visit sharpie.com.

Materials

  • 1-inch Styrofoam ball
  • Craft glue
  • Colored construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Toothpicks
  • Liquitex matte medium
  • Extra fine point paint pen, such as those made by Sharpie
  • White pipe cleaners (for skull)
  • Green pipe cleaners (for pumpkin)

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Use a 1-inch Styrofoam ball. If you're making a witch or skull, mold ball into an upside-down pear shape; otherwise, leave as is.

  2. Step 2

    Brush craft glue onto one side of a 3-by-1 1/2-inch strip of colored construction paper.

  3. Step 3

    Wrap the paper around the ball, and crimp the edges so that the fold lays flat along the top and bottom. Trim away the excess paper.

  4. Step 4

    Dip the tip of a double-pointed toothpick into glue and insert it into the bottom of the ball.

  5. Step 5

    Brush a light coat of the matte medium around the ball to seal the paper layer.

  6. Step 6

    Let dry for about 20 minutes before you begin to draw different faces on the ball.

  7. Step 7

    Draw on cat face and whiskers with a white extra fine point paint pen. Cut out 2 small triangles of black construction paper, and glue them to the top of the ball for ears.

  8. Step 8

    Draw on a skull face with a black extra fine point paint pen. Twist two 2-inch pieces of white pipe cleaner around the toothpick to make crossbones.

  9. Step 9

    Draw on jack-o'-lantern face with a black extra fine point paint pen. Twist a tiny curlicue of green pipe cleaner, and glue it on top to make a stem.

  10. Step 10

    Draw on bat fangs and eyes using red and white extra fine point paint pens. Cut out 2 small bat wings from black tissue paper, and glue them to the back of the ball.

  11. Step 11

    Draw on witch face with a black extra fine point permanent marker. Insert the tip of a toothpick into the center of the face to make the nose; paint the nose black with a paint pen. To make the bottom of the witch's hat, cut out a small doughnut shape from construction paper. For the conical body of the hat, cut out a half circle, and overlap the two pointed ends; affix them with craft glue. Attach the two hat pieces with glue.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, October 2006