Got milk? Us Weekly guest Crafting Editor Tia Mowry shows how to transform the cartons into scary-easy haunted Halloween houses in the exclusive video above!
For this fun fall project, Mowry, 38, enlisted her trusty crafting assistant, 5-year-old son Cree. When the cohost of Food Network Star Kids presented the Halloween craft to her son (with husband Cory Hardrict), "he thought it was really cool that we were using milk cartons to make buildings," she tells Us. Watch the mother-and-son duo build a spooky village.
Cree's favorite part of the activity was using white chalk to create decorations such as windows and doors on the black boxes, while mom was glad she wouldn't have to trash his handiwork with the season's moldy pumpkins.
But the fun didn't stop once the crafting was over. "Cree loves cars," the former Sister, Sister star tells Us. "He can create a community of houses along a freeway to play with."
Last month, Mowry and her kindergartner enjoyed another seasonal project. Inspired by Cree's favorite autumn activity — playing in the leaves — the actress helped him gather fallen foliage to create homemade animal greeting cards. On the cards, which they planned to send to Cree's grandpa Pop-Pop, Cree transformed pressed leaves into stingrays and fish.
"We've gone to the aquarium and he's very much into fish and stingrays," Mowry explained to Us at the time. "I think it's really great to have him use his imagination in this way!"
Another way Cree channeled his love of sea life into his artwork: by creating a shark backpack with his mom last August. Cree "loved making the teeth" and pretending to be eaten, Mowry shared with Us of the back-to-school craft.
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