My friend, Nadine, is having a little Halloween Birthday Party for her son and we were talking about some of the games she is going to be playing. While we were talking we came up with the idea of her wanting to do Pin the Tail on the Wolverine game! So, I put together this little Printable Pack for her and thought I would share it with all of you as well!
Growing up I remember my Mom making ghosts that hung around our house from the ceiling. She used cheesecloth, drip and drape, and balloons. This year I wanted to make some for our home and share with you just how easy it is!
What you will need:
First cover your work surface with a trash bag or drop cloth. I chose my kitchen table because in order to do this you need somewhere to hang the ghosts while they dry and I was using my kitchen light fixture above the table.
Blow your balloons up to the size you want the head of the ghost to be. Then attach a 1-2 foot long string to the knot in the balloon. This string is so you can tie it up once you have your cheesecloth over the balloon. I wanted my ghosts to look like they were flying so I also attached 2 more strings to the knot that were about 3-4 feet long to pull back sections of the cheesecloth later in the process.
Next, I cut my cheesecloth into a square the size I wanted my ghost to be. You can lay the cheesecloth over the balloon to make sure you have the right length. When I had my squares ready I cut the finished edge off of the cheesecloth and shredded all of the edges.
Don’t be neat here the more ripped it is the better the effect!
I wanted to try a double layer on some of my ghosts so I cut 2 layers for those ghosts. I did make one of the layers shorter to give it more depth.
Once I had my cheesecloth ready I added approximately a cup of the fabric stiffener to a bowl with about 1/3 cup water. I mixed it together with my hands and took the first piece of cheesecloth and drenched it in the liquid. This part is kind of gross but just keep mushing the cheesecloth until it is all covered with the fabric stiffener. Then squeeze out the excess fabric stiffener and you will be left with a tight little ball. I carefully opened and stretched the cheesecloth out and draped it over the balloon with the cheesecloth laying over the knot. Then I pulled the knot of the balloon through the cheesecloth.
Once I had my layers over the balloons we tied the shorter string to a hanger and hung it on our chandelier. You really need to stretch the ends out and down at this point, it likes to stick and bunch together. Once we had the ends hanging completely down we took the longer strings and pulled back parts of the wet cheesecloth and tied the strings to chairs to give the effect that the ghosts were in motion.
We let them dry overnight to be sure they were really stiff. In the morning we popped our balloons and pulled the balloons and the strings out of the ghosts so that all we were left with was the cheesecloth form.
Then we hung them from our ceiling. I tried using fishing line at first but it was so thick it could be seen. I replaced the fishing line with invisible thread and loved it. Its impossible to see! I tacked them up and we had our ghosts!
Since we are doing a Harry Potter themed Halloween in our house I wanted to change my ghosts into Dementors! It took all of 5 minutes to do! I laid my ghosts on a drop cloth outside and sprayed them with a black spray paint. In fact I didn’t even cover up all of the white. Leaving some of the white showing made them spookier and gave them texture. I rehung them and Voila!
You can see our other Harry Potter decor and printables here.
Pam used the same technique to do these spider sacks.
One last project I wanted to debut that we did in our house this week was the ghost feet I have seen all over Pinterest. I love this idea! A cute Halloween decoration that’s also memorable! I know my boys will love seeing how much their feet have grown each year.
To make this I simply found a board at our local DI thrift store for $1, drilled holes in the corners, and spray painted it black. I had each of my boys step their footprint with white paint on their feet and then painted little eyes and mouths with black paint. I bought the ribbon 50% off for a whopping 85 cents. This cost me less that $2 to make! You don’t have to spend a lot to get cute and memorable decorations!
For my potions kit, I went to several thrift stores to find cool glass bottles. The only problem was they looked new and shiny! I tried 3 different methods of distressing them, and liked all 3 effects. I am excited to try this in my bathroom which has a rustic beach feel.
The first way I tried was painting the jars with acrylic paint. I used 3 different colors to give the bottles different looks. I added about a dimes worth of paint, and then added water to dilute the paint down. For some of the bottles I added a lot of water, because I wanted the effect to be subtle like the bottle on the right. The other two bottles I added less water to the paint, because I wanted it to be more noticeable, like the two bottles on the left.
After adding the water I simply painted the outside of the whole bottle.
Then I took a paper towel and blotted it off to get the effect I wanted.
If you mess up simply apply more paint and blot it again. When I got the bottle the way I wanted, I put my finger inside to carry it (that way I didn’t mess up the sides) and put it into my oven directly onto the rack. Close the oven and turn it to bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes. When it comes out the paint is nice and set. Although, I would not get it wet as a precaution. Be sure to put the bottle into a cold oven and then give it time to cool. If you subject the glass to temperature changes too quickly it can break.
Different colors really made a difference!
This was definitely for more of a dirty grungy feel. I simply mixed a little bit of dirt with equal amounts of Mod Podge Matte Finish and water. Then I painted the dirt on and let it dry. I did the inside and the outside for this method. When the glue dries it leaves the dirt on the jar and leaves a slightly milky color on the glass.
This was by far my favorite method for distressing glass! I loved the look of it. It was easy to do a very subtle look with sandpaper but you could really get an old aged look too. The more you sand the more distressed it looks!
A few things I learned about sanding glass:
- Make sure you sand all different directions! That way it looks random.
- It starts off hard to make a scratch in the glass and you wont feel like you are making a lot of progress but the more you sand the bigger the difference starts to show.
- Some glass is easier to sand than others.
This one I did for a very subtle look:
While this one I really sanded down:
It was really fun to play around with the methods and it really didn’t take very long. While Thrift stores were great places to find bottles I raided my pantry and came up with some of the best bottle shapes!
I am going to make me some bath jars using these vintage labels from shutterstock!
Or maybe I will use something more simple like this from the idea room.
There are so many possibilities with aged glass!
I really haven’t felt the groove the last few years when its come to decorating for Halloween. Things just weren’t pulling together. This year I was determined to get a good vibe for Halloween. I did my mantle (yes I call decorating the top of my cheap little entertainment center my mantle) and loved it! It reminded me of Harry Potter and that’s when the light bulb went on! It would be so fun each year to turn our house into Hogwarts!
I am a Potter head. There I said it. I LOVE the Harry Potter books!
I didn’t get the design inspiration until I was pretty much done decorating and so I just added a few Harry Potter things this year and next year I will really get it going! First off I wanted to design some house posters!
I put them in mismatching frames on my big collage wall and love them!
I also finally did something I have wanted to do for years. Want a little preview…cause I want to give one!
Check out my full Potions Kits here.