The beauty of a classic movie like The Nightmare Before Christmas is that it’s a good enough story to be adored by both kids and adults, and there are two particular times of year that you can enjoy it! We happen to adore the movie, so we like to celebrate it in crafty ways near both Christmas and Halloween. That’s why we’ve been on the search for themed DIY projects recently that are a little more on the spooky side!
Just in case you love The Nightmare Before Christmas as much as we do, if not more, and would also like to get your spooky themed crafting time in, here are 15 of the coolest and most Halloween-ish movie crafts we could find.
1. Jack and Sally donuts
If one of your favourite ways to get creative with your kids actually by making exciting novelty treats together in the kitchen? In that case, we have a feeling you’ll get a big kick out of the way Disney Family made these wonderful doughnuts shaped like characters from the movie! They show you how to make Jack, Sally, and Zero.
2. Paper plate Jack
Paper plate crafts are a classic that we’ll never get tired of. They’re just so simple and quick that our kids can do them without supervision, meaning they feel very independent and we can be happy that they’re getting creative time in while we cook or read! We were very pleased indeed to stumble upon this cute little tissue and construction paper Jack Skellington made on a paper plate base by Glued to My Crafts.
3. Painted Jack Skellington pumpkin
Do you still have a spare pumpkin lying around that didn’t get carved up when you made your Jack-O-Lanterns and you’ve been wondering how you and the kids might get creative with it in a different way? Then we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Isle of Halloween used paint to turn a pumpkin into Jack, complete with his signature stitched smile!
4. Jack and Zero door wreath
Have you always loved making Christmas wreaths for the holidays? In that case, we think you’ll really appreciate the way Shelterness created the same kind of idea but with a darker Halloween twist! We adore how they made all kinds of movie reference crafts and included them in with their spooky branches.
5. “Flying” Zero decor
If you’re going to put effort into making a themed piece of Halloween decor, would you rather make something very impressive indeed that you can reuse as decor for years to come? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Instrucrables made this adorable light up Zero that looks like he’s actually floating above the ground!
6. Oogie Boogie’s dice
If your kids are going to get creative with you, will they always choose the sparkliest option of the crafts, nine times out of ten? Well, if they like the Oogie Boogie scene even half as much as we do, then we have a feeling these large sized sparkling dice that look just like his will be right up their alley. Find the full details for making a set of your own on Blogs of Art.
7. Jack Skellington painted planters
We’ve always loved hand painting planters because it’s a fun way to get our kids in on our love for having greenery around the house and porch. It also get them practicing careful painting techniques, even on unconventional surfaces! We’re sure you can imagine, then, just how thrilled we were to come across these cute Jack Skellington planters on Disney Family.
8. Jack marshmallow pops
Just in case we really caught your attention when we started talking about getting creative with your kids in the kitchen but the donuts weren’t really a project that spoke to you, here’s something a little different for your consideration! Check out how Crumbs and Corkscrews put some marshmallows on lollipop sticks, dipped them in white chocolate, and used baking detail pens to add faces so the marshmallows turn into miniature Jacks!
9. Sally’s apothecary jars
Have you actually been scrolling through and thinking about how you might prefer to make something from the movie besides just the characters, but you’re not sure you want to use as much glitter as the dice calls for? Well, if you’ve ever enjoyed working with clay, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Instructables recreated the jars Sally keeps her supplies in!
10. Jack Skellington string orb garland
Is Jack undoubtedly your favourite character in the movie so you’re looking for a project that will let you make as many versions of him in one place as possible? Then we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Disney Family made this fantastic string art project that includes several Jacks, all of whom you can give different facial expressions to!
11. Hand embroidered Sally doll
Have you always adored working with softer supplies and materials because your best DIY skills actually lie in things like sewing and embroidery? In that case, you just might be the perfect person to give this stunning Sally doll that has been stitched together just like the character herself was a try! Get the full pattern on Instructables.
12. Crocheted Oogie Boogie
What if you loved the idea of making a doll or figurine but you’re more of a crochet enthusiast than a hand stitching expert? Then we’d suggest turning your attention to this fantastic amigurumi style pattern instead! Ahooka’migurumi teaches you how to make a miniature Oogie Boogie that we just can’t get enough of.
13. Painted Nightmare Before Christmas standing yard decor
Have you actually been scrolling through our list looking for a way to make your love for all things Nightmare Before Christmas themed known to the world around you? Well, if you are a hand painting enthusiast like we talked about but you just haven’t seen the project that’s held your attention yet, consider this fantastic standing painted yard decor by Christmas 365 instead!
14. Egg carton Nightmare Before Christmas characters
Just in case you’re an upcycling lover who has been wondering where all the repurposed options on this list are, your patience has finally paid off! Grab that empty egg carton out of the recycling box and check out how Live Your Art painted and customized a set of cut out cups to make each character.
15. Jack Skellington sock doll
Rather than upcycling something from your recycling bin in order to make a Jack Skellington themed craft, would you rather reuse a piece of clothing from the bin you’ve been meaning to turn into rags? In that case, we have a feeling you’ll get along a little better with something like this adorable Jack themed sock doll outlined step by step on Easy Me World!
Do you know a fellow DIY lover and crafting enthusiast who adores The Nightmare Before Christmas more than just about anything, especially around Halloween? Then share this post with them so they have all kinds of awesome DIY projects to try along their favourite theme!