Fall is my favorite season! Pumpkins, crisp air, tasty produce, apple cider, football – the list goes on and on. It can also be a great season to make eco-friendly crafts. There are all kinds of things you can do with nature itself – I have many fond memories of crafting with leaves as a child, for example. Just the other day, my daughter Isabelle showed me a great idea that used something old to make a whimsical Halloween decoration.

She found the fun craft idea in the American Girl magazine that she had borrowed from her school library. The material used was an old mismatched sock. I love that it gave a purpose to the otherwise garbage bound sock, and that she found the idea in a borrowed magazine – one that gets lots of use by other girls (instead of one that she bought and would eventually toss). Actually, it is the September/October 2009 copy, so it has gotten a lot of use!

How to: take a mismatched sock and fill it with uncooked rice. Securely wrap a rubber band around the sock to keep all the rice from falling out. Trim the excess sock above the rubber band. Let the decorating begin! The article showed shapes cut out of felt, and glued on with fabric glue, but Isabelle chose to use markers to draw on the face, and paper to glue on for the ears. Try our Clementine Art Natural Markers! Get creative and find things around your house to use. You could even help your little one sew on old buttons for the eyes. Make a ghost, pumpkin or cat – or anything you can think of!

Giveaway: One lucky winner will win a set of Clementine Art Natural Markers to make their own crafts with! Check out our site and tell us what product you think is fun for fall. Post a comment about it on our blog by October 28th and be entered in the giveaway. You can receive extra entries by following Hazelnut Kids on facebook and Twitter, and subscribing to the Hazelnut Kids newsletter. (sign-up is on the bottom left of home page) You can also tweet about our giveaway or share a link with your facebook friends for additional entries. Just remember to tell us with additional comments. Random drawing will be held on October 29th.

Good luck & Happy Halloween!

Bridgett – Manager, Hazelnut Kids

This giveaway is closed. Congratulations, Sarah! And thank you friends for your comments. Be sure to check out our newest giveaway, a Family Pastimes cooperative game.


  1. trixx
    Posted October 27, 2010 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

    I subscribe to the Hazelnut Kids newsletter.

  2. trixx
    Posted October 27, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    The Imagination Box Company paintable Schoolhouse looks like a lot of fun for the Fall!

  3. Posted October 26, 2010 at 12:41 am | Permalink

    I also just tweeted about the giveaway! (see my twitter home @herbmuse) AND I posted an additional FB reference to your giveaway on my Lilith’s Apothecary business page. See it here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Philadelphia-PA/Liliths-Apothecary/70839826066?ref=ts

    Thanks! Sarah

  4. Posted October 26, 2010 at 12:32 am | Permalink

    Love the wonderful wooden kitchen sets…my daughter would be so delighted! I have recently come across clementine art supplies in a few locations and I LOVE the mission of this company. I just found your company by putting “natural toys for children” in a google search and hitting the “I’m feeling lucky” tab…led me right to your store!

    I’m going to follow you now on FB (Sarah Powell) and Twitter (herbmuse) and sign up for your newsletter 🙂 I also made a post on my FB wall about the giveaway: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1337791314


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