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Monday, October 06, 2008

Easy Halloween Craft Idea – Trash Bag Ghosts

The crisp fall weather that’s finally hit Seattle doesn’t just mean that the fall holidays are right around the corner – it also a great excuse to stay inside on the weekends and work on crafts!

This weekend was a quickie for Halloween: Trash bag ghosts! Here are some simple tips for getting your ghostly crew up and running.

Materials Needed:
  1. Kitchen sized trash bag (I was able to make 10 ghosts with just one)
  2. Scissors
  3. Needle and thread
  4. Black sharpie marker
  5. Something to stuff heads with (In an effort to recycle, I used balled up paper from an old catalog, but cotton balls or even paper towels would also work)
  6. OPTIONAL: Lollipops
  7. OPTIONAL: Rubber bands

  1. Cut white trash bag into squares (mine were about 12” sq)

  2. Ball up old paper or cotton balls and place on center of square

  3. Pinch the trash bag around the head to form a neck and secure with rubber band or thread (I used thread, which was a little tricky to tie by myself - rubber bands may be easier)

  4. Use a permanent marker to draw the ghost’s ghoulish face

  5. Thread a needle

  6. Pull needle and thread through the top of the poor little ghost’s head

  7. Tie a small knot to secure the thread and cut the thread to your desired hanging length

  8. Rinse and repeat :)

I made 10 of these little guys and then hung them outside the house. For about $1.25 worth of supplies, they make quite an impact!

And as another option, you can replace the paper/cotton ball head with a lollipops and skip steps 5-8. These might make cute additions for the kid's lunches or gather them up in a spooky vase for a ghoulish boquet!


At 5:10 PM, Blogger Rhonda said...

What a great idea!

At 7:19 AM, Blogger emicat said...

Love it! I've got to bust out my Halloween decorations this week - fun fun fun :)


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