Halloween Ghost Crafts

Halloween Ghost Crafts

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 was 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 pin

Halloween Ghost Crafts

What You Will Need:

  • White cheesecloth type fabric
  • Scissors
  • Fabric stiffener
  • Balloons
  • Support for the balloons (I used plastic wine glasses)
  • PVA glue
  • Black card or felt for eyes
  • Cotton to hang

How You Make Them:

  1. Cut the cloth into roughly 60 cm squares.
  2. Partially blow up balloons and use a support to keep them raised, I found these plastic wine glasses did just the job.
  3. Place some fabric stiffener in a bowl.
  4. 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!
  5. Smooth the material over the balloon to create your ghost shape.
  6. Allow to dry.
  7. 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.
  8. When the glue is dry, the balloons can be popped and gently removed from the fabric ghost.
  9. To hang, I used a double thread of white cotton threaded through the material with a needle.
    Ghost Crafts

    All ready, and hanging around for Halloween!

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?

If you need some more ideas for Halloween crafts, check out out Pinterest board for some inspiration.

Kerry x

 

 

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14 Comments

  1. Oct 26, 2016 / 9:07 pm

    I love these! So cool and they look pretty easy to make too x #KCACOLS

    • Kerry
      Author
      Oct 28, 2016 / 2:52 pm

      Thank you, they were really easy. Simple yet effective x

  2. Oct 27, 2016 / 8:00 pm

    Oh what a fabulous idea!Really effective but not too scary for younger children. X #kcacols

    • Kerry
      Author
      Oct 28, 2016 / 2:52 pm

      Yes, my kids loved them x

  3. Oct 27, 2016 / 10:08 pm

    Oooh these are cute! Thanks for a great tutorial, sounds like an easy Halloween craft! #KCACOLS

    • Kerry
      Author
      Oct 28, 2016 / 2:53 pm

      Thank you, yes it is super simple, and the kids loved it x

  4. Oct 28, 2016 / 7:29 am

    These are incredible, I never would have thought to use fabric stiffener! Fantastic! Next year I will be making the little ones with the lights for sure 😀 Thanks for sharing a great idea xx #kcacols

    • Kerry
      Author
      Oct 28, 2016 / 2:54 pm

      Next year I’m planning to make loads of little ones to do a row of fairy light ghosts.

  5. Oct 28, 2016 / 12:33 pm

    These look amazing, I’m so impressed! I’ve never used fabric stiffener but will keep an eye out for it if this is the sort of thing you can make with it! x #KCACOLS

    • Kerry
      Author
      Oct 28, 2016 / 2:55 pm

      I got it from Amazon, but I’m sure you could buy it in craft or fabric shops x

  6. Oct 28, 2016 / 7:39 pm

    These are brilliant! I love the end result especially the smaller ones with the tealights in.side them! So easy to make too
    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday

    • Kerry
      Author
      Oct 28, 2016 / 7:46 pm

      Thank you, I was really proud of them x

  7. Oct 29, 2016 / 8:51 pm

    Haha these are amazing! I am seeing so many amazing Halloween craft ideas and feel so bad as I have done nothing creative with my little man as I have never really celebrated it..except for watching hocus pocus..I think this is something he would love so will be definitely giving it a whirl. Thank you for sharing with #KCACOLS x

    • Kerry
      Author
      Oct 30, 2016 / 4:35 pm

      Thank you, they are super easy, so a good one to try x

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