I will be the first to admit that not only am I absolutely awful at doing arts and crafts with my kids (I have a rare inability to draw a recognizable stick figure), but I hate it too (the mess! the drama! the stickiness!).
However, I am a big sucker for the fall holidays. I love Halloween. I love Thanksgiving. I love that you (not me, but you) can draw a turkey with nothing more clever than two hands. I’m also a big fan of reusing stuff that we buy, because it teaches my kids values and responsibility and junk like that. (Also, it’s cheaper.)
So I have taken it upon myself to have my kids help me make decorations.
For our spiders below (which are soon to decorate our doorway), we took an egg carton, cut it up and painted the body and faces, added some pipe cleaner for antenna–which I kept calling antlers, much to Oliver’s dismay–and legs. I used a meat thermometer to punch the holes into the cardboard to put the pipe cleaners through, as well as to make holes to tie some twine to.
Oliver was able to do most of the work himself–he put the pipe cleaner in and drew the face on his (the green one). Hazel didn’t particularly want to try, so she just chose the colors for the things that she wanted, and I helped her put it together.