These easy DIY monster crafts are easy crafts for preschoolers, but fun Halloween kid crafts ideas that all ages will love, too! These also make cute friendly monsters to go with friendly monsters books or cool mitten monsters or homemade ugly dolls for a monster making activity!
No-Sew DIY Monster Crafts for Kids
I love this glove monster craft because the monsters are not scary and you can give them lots of personal personality with fun accessories.
These monster DIY crafts are great for all ages and make easy no-sew projects (great for little ones or preschool crafts or toddler Halloween crafts) and also fun to do with a large or small group (even for homeschool co-op or Halloween crafts school classroom!) and can work with a wide range of themes like Halloween crafts for kid and even a monster birthday theme!
And, these are good for recycled glove crafts or old sock crafts for those gloves and socks that have lost their mates! (So, instead of throwing them away, save them for your no sew monster dolls!)
Fun Easy Crafts For Kids: Ugly Dolls Craft
These monster arts and crafts ideas are fun to go with the Ugly Dolls movie. (This is such an easy craft project that you don’t even need a DIY ugly doll pattern!)
They’re also fun for anytime you’re doing a monster theme, reading about monsters, you need Halloween crafts simple ideas, or even if you want to make your own worry monster crafts, too!
Before we get to this easy kids’ craft, here’s a little more about the monster movie in case you’re not familiar…
In case you haven’t heard of it, UglyDolls is an animated movie about — wait for it — UGLY DOLLS and it’s perfect to pair with our monsters craft!
The dolls live in Uglyville, where being strange, weird, and different is celebrated.
(How awesome, right?!)
From the movie synopsis:
After traveling to the other side of a mountain, Moxy and her UglyDoll friends discover Perfection — a town where more conventional dolls receive training before entering the real world to find the love of a child.
Soon, the UglyDolls learn what it means to be different — ultimately realizing that they don’t have to be perfect to be amazing.
OUR FRIENDLY MONSTER ACTIVITY KIT IS PERFECT TO PAIR WITH OUR MONSTER CRAFT!
20 pages of printables for kids to make your own monster activity book or to make a monster activity center!
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Monster Stories for Kids
If you don’t want to pair this kids’ craft with the UglyDolls movie or for monster Halloween crafts / Monster Mash crafts, you might have fun first reading children’s books with monsters while learning how to make a monster arts and crafts!
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Now, let’s get to the DIY monster crafts (Halloween crafts at home or school).
How To Make A Monster Craft
Of all the DIY craft ideas, I love monster crafts from this the most!
This monsters craft is one of my absolute favorites that we’ve done because not only are the monsters soooo cute, but it’s easy enough for all ages and stages for monster crafts for toddlers or monster crafts preschool and up!
(And, even if you can’t sew you can still make these!)
You can make your monsters / ugly dolls look just like the ones in the movie, but we decided to create own very own versions of monsters.
We used old toe socks and gloves that we had around the house (to make these as recycled crafts), but you can easily make a visit to the thrift store and find both of these for cheap (or just pick up a pack of them).
If you’re wondering, “What can I do with holey socks?” use them for these Halloween crafts with kids or monster party ideas.
CRAFT TIP: Use the longer toe socks (and not the ankle ones). The top (long) part of the sock will be the doll’s body. (So ankle socks won’t work that well.)
Although I love how our black ugly doll monster turned out (he’s my fav), I really loved using socks and gloves with designs to make these cute crafts for kids.
I think those gave personality to each one!
So, don’t be afraid to use socks or gloves with crazy designs, too! (They make such cute sock animals!)
Also, don’t underestimate these as Halloween crafts for teens or Halloween crafts ideas for adults. We said that these are good monster craft ideas for preschoolers, but I had just as much fun making these as my daughter!
CRAFT TIP: If you’re doing these with a large group or need Halloween kid crafts for a party, make a monster craft kit where you put everything needed for one monster into sealable plastic bags. Then, pass out the bags and each child will have all the craft supplies they need in one place! They’ll make Halloween quick crafts that way!
- Fuzzy gloves or fuzzy toe socks (colors of choice or to match the dolls in the movie)--we used both
- Brightly colored buttons of different sizes and colors
- Felt (colors of choice)
- Ribbons, twine, or other items to decorate your dolls
- Craft filling
- Hot glue or fabric fusion adhesive
1. Stuff the sock/glove.
Open the glove or toe sock and stuff with the craft filling.
Be sure to push the filling all the way into each finger or toe area so that it's full.
Continue filling the glove or sock.
You want each glove or sock to be completely full of filling--basically as much as you can fit in them.
(The filling will break down as they are played with.)
2. "Sew" the opening.
Fold the opening of the glove or sock inward and, using fabric glue, glue the opening shut.
(You fold it inward first so that you don't have a huge "edge" sticking up for the head or bottom—if you're using socks).
3. Add eyes.
First, before you glue the eyes you need to flip your gloves or socks the right way.
For gloves, the fingers will be pointing down (because they are the doll's arms and legs).
For the toe socks, I recommend pointing the toes up because they make really fun ears or pigtails.
(However, your toe sock ugly doll can have the toes at the bottom for feet and the straight part at the top. It's up to you!)
Now, choose which buttons to add for eyes.
If you are using two eyes, I suggest choosing buttons of different sizes.
It really gives them a fun "ugly doll" look.
Now, glue the eyes into place—wherever you want them on your doll!
Just remember to leave room for a mouth if you want your doll to have one.
4. Make the mouth.
Cut a mouth out of the felt.
We made some of our mouths into smile shapes and then turned them upside down for a more monster-y face for the others.
We just free-handed our mouths by cutting them into different shapes and we even left some as straight mouths (and they looked cute, too!).
5. Add decorative items (optional).
Finish out your ugly dolls by adding bows, bowties or anything else you think is fun.
We added bows to some of the sock "toes" and it made it look like our ugly dolls had cute little pigtails.
Don’t forget to grab the monster activity pack!