Inexpensive DIY Halloween decoration
Spooky Floating Cheesecloth Ghost 👻
Tall glass; Spray starch; Cheesecloth; Round object; Scissors
Take your round object (i.e mini pumpkin) and position it on top of the opening of a glass. It should balance there without too many issues, but if it’s giving you trouble, you could always tape it to the bottle for added stability.
Now that your ghost form is ready, it’s time to make a ghost! Start by cutting a piece of cheesecloth in half.
Take one piece of the cheesecloth and fold it in half, then drape it over the form. Make any adjustments you might want to get the perfect ghostly figure.
If you want your ghost to be able to stand freely when it’s done, make sure to puddle some of the cheesecloth at the bottom to give it something to “stand” on. If you’ll be hanging your ghost, it’s not necessary.
Once the cheesecloth is arranged to your liking, take your spray starch and give the cheesecloth a good soaking. Once the starch has dried, check to see if the cheesecloth is properly stiff. If it’s not quite there, spray another coat of starch.
Once your ghost is properly stiff, remove the cheesecloth from the form, and add a pair of eyes and a mouth, if desired. Black paper, black felt, or a black marker are all perfectly good choices for ghost faces. That’s the fun part of this project – you can make any kind of ghost you want!
💀 Skeleton Dish
Plastic skeleton w/ joints; Glass taper candle holder; Glass tealight holder
Take the skeleton apart, and lay it out in a pattern you like on top of the dish. Glue all that down with a strong adhesive (i.e E6000). Use a toothpick to get into some of the crevices to make sure everything would stick.
Put a line of glue around the top of the taper holder and glue the dish to it. You can look down into the dish to help line it up.
This needs to get really dry and you don’t want this falling apart on you. Let it dry for 48 hours.
Then give the whole thing a coat of cheap white spray paint to prime it. Let that dry, then blast it with a coat of silver spray paint. Let that dry fully.
With black acrylic, paint over the entire surface, working in a small area at a time. Be sure to get into the cracks and spots where anything touches something else. Then just take a paper towel or old rag and wipe it off before moving to the next section. Don’t skip this step as it gives it more dimension and realism. Do this over the entire thing, and let it dry.
Now it’s ready to use to hold little trinkets like these spider rings, or you could fill it with dry black beans like and put in a tealight candle.
Spellbinding Halloween Witch Hat Topiaries 🔮
Floracraft Foam (2) 3″ discs, (2) 6″ discs, (2) 17″ cones; 1 Sheet of black poster board; 2 7/16 x 36″ dowels (cut down to around 19″ each); Black & white contrasting fabric (1/2 yard each); Black fuzzy fabric (1/2 yard); Ribbon for base; 2 Flowers; Roll of black tulle; Hot glue & gun; Black acrylic paint; Black aluminum floral wire (4.6 m); Scissors
Paint the round foam discs with black acrylic paint. The foam will soak up the foam, so apply the paint liberally. For best results, let the paint thoroughly dry overnight.
Slice 4 inches off the top of both foam cones.
Cut two 12 inch pieces of floral wire and insert them into the top of the cones.
With a sharp knife shave out the center of the bottom of the cone so it is concave. This will allow the brim lay more naturally.
Lay the cone on the fabric, roll and trim the fabric to fit around the cone. Trim excess fabric, but leave the top end of the cone fabric longer than the wire. Glue the fabric to the cone. Tuck and fold the fabric over the wire and glue together.
Cut out two large circles on the poster board. Then cut out two larger circles out of the black fuzzy fabric. Make sure the fabric circles are larger than the poster board. Hot glue the fabric to the poster board by folding the edges over the board and pressing down.
Glue the smaller disc to the center of the larger disc. Poke a hole through both discs, insert and glue the dowel into the base. Cut a hole in the center of the hat brim. Place the brim on the dowel and slide it down to the center of the dowel. Make a hole in the center of the cone and place on a dowel. Push down hard, inserting the dowel around 3-4 inches inside the cone. Slide the brim back up and glue it to the bottom of the cone.
Embellish the Hats:
Cut decorative ribbon and glue it around both foam layers on the bottom bases. Gather tulle and glue in small sections around the hat brim.
Dab glue inside the center of the flower and add glitter. Let it dry. Glue the flower on the hat. Repeat with the other hat and that’s it! These hats came out super cute! What a unique decoration, so different than the ordinary Halloween decor you find in stores this time of year.