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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

{Halloween} Making a Ghost

Halloween is kind of a big deal in our house, so I'm dedicating this week to showing you the decor we whipped up to celebrate.

I can't claim this craft project since my aunt used to make ghosts out of her old bed sheets.

(Bonus points if you can spot the 'Redrum' twins! Guess who just upgraded her picnik account?!)

I purged all non-essential bed sheets this summer, so I bought the cheapest white cotton fabric available for my ghosts. These are made from muslin for less than a $1/yard!

Here are the steps to this cheap, 5-minute craft:

making a ghost collage

1. Lay out your fabric
2. Wad newspaper into a ball and wrap in plastic grocery bag -- I added the plastic step for a little extra protection in case of rain
3. Place the bag in the center of the fabric and wrap it around. Tie it off at the base of the 'head'
4. Use a permanent marker to draw your face -- We opted for friendlier ghosts

We placed a safety pin on the top of their heads so they could hang straight down (as opposed to around the neck, which looked as bad as it sounds), and hung them from the tree with floral tape (because that's all we have):

They look really cute, and the lightweight muslin blows easily in the breeze.

ghost collage

Added the 'Enter at Your Own Risk' banner from the Dollar Store for more Halloween obnoxiousness.

Pretty fun for a buck, right?!

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  1. cute! I love the scary ghost texture and the twins in your photos! haha.

  2. Brings back memories. My Granny used to make those with us to hang in our yard, along with napkin covered lollipops with ghost eyes to give out to trick or treators! Great picture!

  3. So fun! That first picture is crazy with the creepy twins!! I bet your neighbors are getting jealous.

  4. The ghosts are cute. But the twins? So creepy! :)

  5. I love your little ghosts. I love the effect on your pictures, and ya, the twins are a little creepy...hopped over from Polly want a crafter.
    Amy @ The Happy Scraps

  6. I have always wanted to make one of these ghosts!

    They are so cute!

  7. LOVE these!! Hoping to make some with my girls today! Thank you SOOO MUCH for the safety pin trick since I wasn't sure how exactly to handle thing hanging part ;)


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