With Halloween around the corner, it’s a great excuse to do some ghost crafts. I’ve been meaning to try out some ghosts for a few years, but just never got around to it. So this is my first attempt, and I was really pleased with the outcome. I have a feeling ghost crafts will be featuring in our Halloween celebrations for years to come!
Halloween Ghost Crafts
- White cheesecloth type fabric
- Fabric stiffener
- Support for the balloons (I used plastic wine glasses)
- PVA glue
- Black card or felt for eyes
- Cotton to hang
- Cut the cloth into roughly 60 cm squares
- Partially blow up balloons and use a support to keep them raised, I found these plastic wine glasses did just the job.
- Place some fabric stiffener in a bowl.
- Find the middle of the square and bunch the material together and dip this half of the material into the fabric stiffener and squeeze off the excess. The kids loved getting involved with this bit, but it’s worth making them wear aprons as it can get a bit messy!
- Smooth the material over the balloon to create your ghost shape.
- Allow to dry.
- Attach eyes. We used oval shaped pieces of black card and glued them on with PVA glue, but you could also use felt or black buttons. The girls also wanted to add bows to their ghosts.
- When the glue is dry, the balloons can be popped and gently removed from the fabric ghost.
- To hang, I used a double thread of white cotton threaded through the material with a needle.
I decided to hang our ghosts in the doorway of the play room, but you can obviously hang them where you like. Next year I might try to make a whole string of ghosts for the porch, I think they would look great swaying in the breeze!
I also decided to try out some smaller ghosts with the left over material. I used the same technique, but pinched some of James’ golf balls and supported them on cardboard tubes. I also dipped all the fabric in the fabric stiffener as I wanted them to sit on a shelf and support themselves.
They took a bit longer to dry, but I think it was worth it. After they were dry, I used small pieces of felt for eyes, stuck on with PVA glue.
I’m really pleased how these little guys turned out and I placed an LED tealight under each one to make ghostly mini lights.
I would love to know what you think? Have you been making any crafts for Halloween this year?