Posts Tagged 'hallowmarine'

Green Your Halloween With These Fun DIY Crafts!

On Saturday, October 26, and Sunday, October 27, National Aquarium will be celebrating Hallowmarine!

In addition to fun activities like a scare-venger hunt (see what we did there?) and creepy-crawly animal encounters taking place throughout the Aquarium, our celebration will also include some eco-friendly DIY crafts!

Can’t wait until this weekend to make some fun Halloween crafts? Try some of our favorites at home!

T-shirt Tote

Supplies:

  • An old t-shirt
  • Scissors
  • Peel ‘n’ stick fabric adhesive
  • Paint
  • Glitter

Directions:

  1. Lay your t-shirt down on a flat surface. Using the seams as your guide, cut off the sleeves and neck of the t-shirt.
  2. Place a long strip of fabric adhesive along the bottom seam of the shirt’s back.
  3. Using your fingers, seal the front and back of the shirt.
  4. On the front of your sealed shirt, use the paint and glitter to create whatever spook-tacular design your heart desires! Our team went for the classic jack-o-lantern look!national aquarium hallowmarine DIY

Ghost Luminary

Supplies:

  • An old mason jar
  • Glue or decoupage
  • Paint brush
  • Tissue paper
  • Black permanent marker
  • Tea candle or LED candle

Directions: 

  1. First, it’s important to make sure that the glass of your mason jar is clear of any paper or plastic coverings.
  2. Either rip or cut small strips of tissue paper. Set aside.
  3. Using your paintbrush, apply a thin layer of glue or decoupage to your jar.national aquarium hallowmarine DIY
  4. Apply your strips of tissue paper until your jar is evenly covered.
  5. Set your covered jar aside to dry.
  6. Once completely dry, use your permanent markers to draw a ghost face!

Do you have a favorite eco-friendly Halloween craft? Share it with us in the comments! 

Thoughtful Thursdays: Green DIY Halloween Decor

In the spirit of this upcoming weekend full of Hallowmarine fun, we’re sharing some of our team’s favorite eco-friendly, decoration ideas! Not only are these decorations a great way to use recyclable materials, they are also more cost-effective than buying traditional decorations AND the steps are simple, making this a great project for families to do together!

Floating Ghost

Materials:

  • cheesecloth or old fabric cut into a 12″ x 12″ square
  • an old tree ornament (preferably a clear globe)
  • string
  • a glow stick (optional)**
  • a permanent marker

Directions:

1. Draw two large oval eyes on the ornament with permanent marker.

2. If using a glowstick, activate it and place it inside the ornament. We used a shorter, thicker glow stick like this one, but the thinner variety work as well!

3. Cover the lit ornament with your fabric, if you are using an old sheet, make sure it has a small hole cut in the center of the square to fasten the string to the ornament.

4. Attach string to the ornament’s top hook and hang your ghost! These make great outdoor ornaments for trees and look great on banisters or doorways.

**Stick your activated glow sticks in the freezer to keep them glowing longer! 

Box Mummies

Materials:

  • a cracker or cereal box**
  • old white fabric such as sheets or pillowcases
  • googly eyes or eyes drawn onto scrap paper
  • tape and/or hot glue

Directions:

1. Tear the fabric into strips approximately three inches wide

2. Wrap the strips around the box, securing with tape or tying them together (as seen above), until the entire box is completely covered!

3.  Attach the eyes to the top half of your box mummy!

**If you use an empty box, you’ll want to put something in the bottom as a weight so your mummies don’t tip over!

Milk Gallon Ghost

Materials:

  • Plastic milk jugs (washed out)
  • Scissors
  • Permanent Marker
  • A glowstick (optional)

Directions:

1. Make sure your gallon is washed out and completely dry

2. Cut off the top of the milk jug, making an approximate six inch hole

3. Draw a ghoulish face on the front facet of the milk jug, opposite sides of the handle

4. Activate the glow stick and drop it in!

Join us this weekend for more exciting crafting at our Hallowmarine events in DC and Baltimore!  

Watch Our Divers Carve Pumpkins Under Water!

We are really getting in the spirit of Halloween at the Aquarium!

To kick off our exciting weekend of Hallowmarine events at both our Baltimore and Washington, DC venues, the National Aquarium dive team carved pumpkins in our Atlantic Coral Reef exhibit. Not only is this a fun activity for our divers (they can get pretty competitive over who’s underwater carving is better), but the fish also really enjoy interacting with our divers while they carve!

Click here to watch today’s underwater pumpkin carving session! 

Not only is this a fun activity for our divers (they can get pretty competitive over who’s underwater carving is better), but the fish also really enjoy interacting with our divers while they carve!

This year, we gave our online community on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ the opportunity to watch a live stream of the underwater carving! If you missed it, you can watch the entire entire carving by clicking here!

Stay tuned this week for more exciting posts surrounding our second annual Hallowmarine! 


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