Here is another fun and easy little craft idea. You can do this in just a few minutes and then you have a cute little banner to string along the mantle or on a holiday table.
This is a really inexpensive craft and the little ghosts can also be used on a chandelier, a window, on a mirror or hang them outdoors from a tree.
Here is what they look like on our mantle:
So to get started you need:
- Squares of a white cotton fabric or disposable white napkins
- Sharpie marker
- Thin ribbon in black, white, orange or yellow
- Twine or fabric of your choice
- Something to stuff the head- tissues, toilet paper or I used coffee filters
If you want something that will last and you can reuse year after year, you might want to stop by a craft store and pick up either 1/2 yard or a yard of white cotton material. I paid about $4 for a yard of fabric and that was more then enough to make 7 ghosts.
You can also use white napkins but those obviously won’t hold up year after year. They will also be a bit smaller in size for your ghosts.
Next I laid out the material and found something to use as a template for a square. I used one of my daughter’s books that measures 8″x8″ and cut the squares. You might want to take your first cut and make sure that is a size you are happy with before you cut the rest of the fabric.
You will need sharp scissors for this but don’t worry if your fabric isn’t cut in perfect straight lines.
Next take something you can use to stuff the head. Kleenex would be perfect or I used coffee filters. A giant pack was $.88 at Walmart.
I used two coffee filters per head and folded up all 4 corners of the square to create a little purse. Next I just cut thin black and orange ribbon and tied that around to create the ghost. Don’t tie this too tightly because you will want to slip the twine under the ribbon to string it up.
Once my ghosts were all finished I just cut a piece of twine and fed the ghosts through the twine under the ribbon on the back side (so the ribbon bow will be in front).
I think you might be able to pin the ghosts to the ribbon with straight pins or hot glue might work- this just seemed like the easiest method to me. I just strung each ghost starting with one end and that seemed to work fine.
And the last step is to take a little fine point black marker and draw on the face. Viola! All done.
This looks really cute on a party table:
And this took me about 15 or maybe 20 minutes to do. I was actually going over sight words with the kiddos while making this little guy so it is a fast project.
You can see more fun craft ideas on my Pinterest board.