Get ready for a Spooktacular Halloween!
A home isn’t haunted without plenty of Halloween ghosts and pumpkins! And these DIY ghosts and pumpkins are so inexpensive and easy to make that you can finish a pumpkin patch full of them in no time! Here’s what you’ll need to get started.
To make the ghosts-
Cut out 7×7 inch squares of the tissue paper. It takes 2 squares of tissue per ghost. Place a second square of tissue counterclockwise on top of the first piece as shown in the small picture. Tear off a small piece of fiberfill to form a 2 inch ball that will make the ghost’s head. Place the fiberfill ball in the center of the tissue and gather the 2 pieces of tissue around it.
Cut a piece of dental floss and wrap it around at the base of the fiberfill and that will form the head. Before you tie the floss-try to smooth the creases as much as possible in the area where you’ll be drawing the face. Tie a knot to secure it.
Time to add a merry or scary face to your ghosts! I like using a fine line Micron pen because the ink never runs or bleeds. But a small paintbrush and black acrylic paint would work fine if you prefer.
When you finish the face-fluff the tissue to make it look like your ghost is in flight! If you’d like to tuck your ghost into small stick trees as shown above you’re finished! If you’d like to have her (or him) flying as shown in the House Haunters birdhouse post, cut a piece of black wire the length you need and hot glue it into the fiberfill from underneath the ghost through the “neck”. Then you can tuck your ghosts into styrofoam bases or wreaths and catch them in ghostly flight!
To make the pumpkins-
I love using Sculpey clay as it’s easy to use and it never hardens until it’s baked. The basic instructions for these pumpkins would work with the clay of your choice-just follow the product instructions. Sculpey also comes in colors-so if you prefer to not paint, you could purchase orange clay. But it comes in smaller packages and it’s more expensive than the original clay.
You’ll also need a tool of some kind to make the impressions in the pumpkin. The sculpting tool above is one I’ve had for years which I bought at an art supply store. But if you don’t have one-I tried duplicating a similar shape from a popsicle stick as shown and it worked pretty well as a substitute. I used an exacto knife to cut the arc in the popsicle stick-so if you try it please be very careful!
Start making the pumpkins by tearing off pieces of the clay and rolling them into balls and ovals the shape and size you’d like your pumpkins to be. I like to work on parchment paper so the clay doesn’t stick or leave a film on your work surface. And you can bake your pumpkins on the parchment paper when you’re finished.
Here’s where the tool comes in handy. I start at the top of the pumpkin and rock the tool around the pumpkin to leave impressions. Repeat the same motion all the way around the pumpkin. Smooth the surface of the pumpkin with your fingers until you like how it looks and sit it on the wax paper. Press down slightly on the pumpkin to give it a flat bottom to sit on. That way it won’t roll around when it’s finished!
Cut a piece of your twig for a stem and push it into the top of the pumpkin. It will be fine at the low temp at which the clay bakes. You can also get creative and use wire and make curly vine tendrils or add leaves! When you’re ready to bake your pumpkins, place them on parchment paper on a baking sheet. Bake following the instructions on your clay package.
After they’re cooled they’re ready to paint. I use orange acrylic and sprinkle on clear or orange glitter while the paint is wet. You could always add it later with a little clear glue if you prefer. Or paint a pumpkin patch filled with jack o’ lanterns with scary and merry faces!
I also like the looks of the white pumpkins-they’re great to use in a scary black and white theme.