Sunday, September 30, 2012

15 Tricks To Treat Your Halloween, Embracing Messy

Pin It Hello everyone! I'm Kelsey and I'm so excited that Katie asked me to guest post as part of her Halloween series. I blog at Embracing Messy and I love sharing my projects with my readers. Fall is my favorite time of year so that makes this post even more fun! Today, I'm going to share with you how I made my Cheesecloth Ghosts.

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Supplies:
Cheesecloth
Liquid Starch, Fabric Stiffener, or any other concoction you know of that will stiffen the cheesecloth.
A small bowl
Something to drape your cloth over (I used small craft paint bottles, but really it depends on how large you'd like your ghosts to be)
Black acrylic paint

Step 1: Cut out a piece of cheesecloth large enough to drape over the object you're using as your "form." My pieces weren't very big because I was going for some smaller ghosts.

Step 2: Dip cloth in stiffener/starch (whichever you're using) and squeeze out any excess liquid. Then drape over form. Here, adjust the cheesecloth so that it's draping how you'd like it to be when it's stiff. (Sorry there aren't any pictures of this step! My hands were covered in fabric stiffener, so it was a bit difficult to snap a picture!)
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After I draped it over the paint bottle, I pinched the top a bit so my little ghost wouldn't have a flat top. 

Step 3: Allow to dry for several hours. Once dry, remove from form. You should be able to mold it a bit if it's not perfect. Paint on a face, and you're finished! Easy!
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My ghosts were little, but you can make them any size! Some suggestions for larger ghosts:
1. You could use a two-liter bottle OR milk jug as your form. 
2. Mine are made to sit on a flat surface. You could put some fishing line in them and hang them. After all, ghosts do float. :) 
3. When storing these guys, it helps to pack them with some plastic bags stuffed up inside of them so that they don't get crushed too easily. 

Thanks SO much for having me, Katie! And thank you all for taking the time to read. I hope you'll stop by Embracing Messy and say hello! 

Aren't those just SO cute?! I will definitely be making myself some of these. So easy and fun! Make sure to stop over and say hello to Kelsey some time!

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1 comment:

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

These are just adorable! I can't wait to try them!