10.17.2011

ring around the rosy, halloween-style tutorial

boo!  the bewitching hours are upon us.  no, not the typical kind that visit my house every night before bath time...the halloween kind. 

i decided to put some effort into making decorations for the house specifically for halloween month.  i have a few that i plan to share with you all before the 31st.  tonight's is my thriftiest one. 
ring around the rosy ghosts
late one evening i found inspiration somewhere in blogland but have not been able to find it since that night.  couldn't even find it when i needed the instructions.  sorry followers, i cannot direct you to the spot but i will not let you down.  i managed to take pics of each step.  yay me. 

for this project you will need:
dowel rods--i used 3/4" from joanns, 1 per ghost
newspaper
duct tape
white trash bags--3 per ghost
black permanent marker

i had all of this on hand except the dowels.  i bought 5 of them at 99 cents a piece.  under $5 for this project!!  okay, onto the steps...

step 1:
wad newspaper into a ball and secure with  a few wraps of duct tape.  i think i used about 5 full sheets form a newspaper for each head.  then attach the ball to a dowel rod with a few more wraps of duct tape.  i sort of shoved the rod into the ball before taping like a mad woman. 

step 2:
pull a trash bag over the head.  i decided to use the bottom corner of the bag as the pointy part of its head. 

step 3:
make a hole in the middle of the bottom of another trash bag.  then slip this bag onto the rod and over the first bag until you reach the head.


step 4:
fold the 3rd trash bag diagonally once.  then gather it in the middle, like so...

this bag will be tied at the neck of the of the ghost.  it serves two purposes: to keep the 2nd bag where it belongs and to become the arms of the ghost. 

step 5:
use the marker to draw a face on the ghost head.  i chose to just draw eyes.


step 6:
after finishing all of your ghosts, take them outside to your desired location.  i chose to put them around a tree in our front yard.  shove the dowel into the ground at an angle so your ghost is leaning backward a bit.  space them so that the arms can reach each other.  tie the arms together so it looks like the ghost are holding hands.  enjoy your cheap craftiness.  all the neighborhood kiddies will!



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