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Halloween crafts for kids: Homemade Friendly Ghosts

While at home this year during the summer I did a lot of research on different HOMEMADE HALLOWEEN DECORATIONS. One of my Mom’s friends told me about a neighborhood tradition in which everyone makes ghosts and hangs them out on the trees along the street before Halloween.  We don’t have any trees to hang ghosts on in downtown Milan but it sounded like a great table decoration to get the kids into the spirit of the season. Come see how easy it is to make these Friendly Halloween Ghosts!

You will need:
Fabric stiffener (I used a store bought variety but here is a recipe to make it at home)
Plastic bottles
Plastic wrap
Google eyes

Let’s get started:

Step 1: Build your molds. We used upside down wine glasses and water bottles to make different sized ghosts.

Step 2: Cover your work surface with plastic wrap. THIS IS A MESSY PROJECT! Which is why kids love it!

Step 3: Cut out lengths of the gauze that are long enough to go from one side to the other of the mold.

Step 4: Fold the gauze and dip into the fabric stiffener-time to get to work.

Step 5: Carefully add the wet gauze in layers to the mold.

Step 6: Position the bottom of the gauze on the work surface so that it looks like the bottom of a flowing ghost:)

Step 7: Let dry at least overnight.

Step 8: Take out the molds.

Step 9: Glue on google eyes!

Your ghosts are done. Decorate the house and see what a fun response that visiting kids have to these silly GAUZEY GHOSTS! I wanted to add a black craft foam mouth but my kids thought the ghosts looked too scary. Maybe yours are a little bit more courageous.

Stay tuned for my next post on how to make HOMEMADE SPOOKY SPIDERS to add to your ghost.

Note: This post was inspired by my Mom’s best friend Chantal. She gave me a step by step instruction on how to create these ghosts. THANKS!

1 Comment

  • Annett
    February 24, 2013 at 9:34 pm

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