I love crafts that are inexpensive, easy, and fast. This project is all three! I recently saw a very similar decoration in a craft store for $26.99!! Talk about saving money by DIY! Today I'll be sharing the basics of crafting a "Primitive Ghost" to use for your Halloween decor. You can customize the ghost any way you want to at the end, so it leaves alot of options for personalization.
- Fitted sheet (I used a cream color, off-white one for a more primitive, worn look)
- Stack of newspaper
- Packing tape
Step One: Prepare the sheet
Lay out your fitted sheet on the floor so that you can find the middle of the sheet easily. If you are making a large ghost and want to use the entire sheet, skip to Step Four. If you are making 2 smaller ghosts, go ahead to Step Two.
Step Two: Prepare the sheet, cont.
Step Three: Prepare the sheet, cont.
Step Four: Prepare the sheet, cont.
Cut the elastic pieces off of each corner of the sheet. Set these aside for later.
Step Five: Make the head
Take your newspapers and roll them up into a big ball. Do each newspaper sheet individually, wrapping one around the ball, then another, etc. Make a big ball of newspapers large enough for the size head that you want for your ghost.
Step Six: Make the head, cont.
Use the packing tape to secure the newspaper ball. I wrapped packing tape around pretty much the entire piece. This serves to purposes: the tape secures the newspaper, but it also helps shape the ball into a head shape. Use the tape to round out the newspaper into the head shape that you want.
Step Seven: Assemble the ghost
Place the rounded newspaper head in the center of the sheet section. Pull the sheet around the head to make a ghost shape.
Step Eight: Assemble the ghost, cont.
From here, let your creative juices take over. You can paint a face on the ghost if you choose- Or let your kids do it! You can add various lengths of cut up fabric to make the ghost fuller or colorful.
Tips for displaying the ghost:
You can hang or display the ghost in whatever manner you choose. Think indoor and outdoor use! I made two and am using them as front porch décor. I used structures already on the porch to prop up the ghosts.
Here are some other options:
- · Hang your ghost using small hooks. Attach a small piece of wire to the back of the ghost on the elastic ties to hang on the hook. This will look neat over a table or fireplace where you already have Halloween decorations.
- · Make a stand. This can be as elaborate or as simple as you want. Something as quick as a 2x4 (cut to the height you want) nailed into a flat piece of wood can serve as a quick stand to attach and drape the ghost on so that he appears free-standing.
Enjoy your inexpensive, easy primitive ghost!
So cute! I love the idea of using them on the end of the porch. What a fun way to greet Halloween guests. Thank you so much Melanie for volunteering to be my first Guest Blogger! I can't wait to return the favor with my Halloween feature on Bear Rabbit Bear next week.