DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Really BIG, Stuffed Newspaper Frankenstein Craft
© by Leanne Guenther
Sometimes, bigger is better. The girls had SO
much fun making these larger than life crafts. There's something
wonderful about creating a project that requires daddy's help to
Tasha (6) and Kaitlyn (2) both enjoyed this project!
BUT, I know not all of you have the paint or the
display space for such a HUGE craft. If this is you, try our SCALED
DOWN VERSION (less time, fewer materials, smaller end product).
You have to have the newspaper and some green paint. The rest is easily substituted (I've put OPTIONS
in red text throughout the instructions).
- green paint (we used washable
tempra paints -- about $1.00 Canadian worth of paint was used on the
- something to sew up the sides... either:
- hole punch and string/wool
- green construction paper
- use spare bits like craft foam, styrofoam
packing peanuts or cardboard to make up your own.
- use our template piece.
- I'm not sure what these are called (the little metal
things that come out the side of his head), but we used an aluminum pie
plate cut up for ours. You could also wrap
cardboard in aluminum foil or use our template piece.
- black paint or black marker
- Either use our template pieces (bottom of page) or
make your own eyes with:
- small paper plates or white paper cut in a circle
- blue or green construction paper or white paper cut in a circle and painted or colored blue or green
- styrofoam ball cut in half OR 2 egg carton cups OR small circle of black construction paper.
- Take eight full sheets of newspaper and lay them
on top of each other (it's best if the top and bottom sheets are just black and white as it's harder to paint over the colored newspaper).
- Staple all the way around 3 sides
- OPTION: instead of stapling, punch holes with the hole punch all the way
around. Use string or wool and sew up three of the sides.
- Open up your pouch, so there are four sheets of newspaper on either side. Stuff with crumpled up newspaper.
- Staple or sew the fourth side shut.
- Paint the pouch green
- You can see in the photo that I just poured paint
all over the paper and Tasha spread it around with the biggest
paintbrush we had. You could also use a
sponge or a rag to spread it around.
- Let dry (you can work on the eyes, while the body is drying).
- If you're hanging your monster from
the wall, you only have to do the front. If you're hanging it
from the ceiling, you may wish to paint the back at this point
Make your eyes however you want (you can use the
template pieces we provided). This may be a good time to set out a
variety of materials and let your kids choose how they want to make their
eyes (let them show off their creativity)
Here's how we made ours:
- cut a styrofoam ball in half (OPTION: you could use two egg carton cups instead or two circles of black construction paper).
- Paint them black (or color with black marker)
- cut two circles out of white paper and paint or color them blue or green (or cut them out of
blue or green construction paper)
- Assemble the eyes:
- Glue the black eyeballs to the yellow circles and the green circles to two small paper plates
(or pieces of white paper, cut in circles).
- Glue these eyes to the green body (it will likely be dry enough at this point).
- Paint or color on hair, a scar and a mouth (black paint or black marker).
- Cut ears out of construction paper (or
our template) and staple, tape or glue to the side of the head.
- Draw or glue on a nose (we used a styrofoam packing peanut for ours).
- Cut metal knobs out of a tin pie plate or aluminum foil
or use our template. Staple, tape
or glue to the side of the head.
- Close the template window after printing to return to this screen.
- Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in most browsers).
Template for eyes (print 2) (color)
Template for metal plugs (color)
Printable version of these instructions