Sunday, October 25, 2015

Halloween Haunts 2015



Welcome!  First of all, I would like to thank Marian of Seams to be Sew for our Halloween Blog Hop.  Many of us have really missed our great hops and it is a thrill to see so many "old friends" have signed up and have been sharing their incredible projects.  Halloween has always been a holiday that I love.  To me, it is a "kick-off" into the fall with Thanksgiving and Christmas right behind.  So.....Happy Fall Y'All!



While I do decorate with Halloween quilts around my house, my project to share with you today does not involve quilting.  Years ago my dad was in the hospital around Halloween and I made him something to decorate his room.  Since then I have done the project many times with the grandchildren.  So....here we go.....
These are the ones I made in the early 1990s

Grab a few drinking cups in two different sizes.  You will also need starch or white school glue, paper towels, a toothpick, a styrofoam ball (I used a 2 1/2 inch one), spray paint and items to decorate your witch or ghost.



Take your bigger cup and turn it upside down.  You are going to take four paper towels and soak them in undiluted starch or a school glue that is diluted about 1/2 and 1/2.  Drape the four towels over the paper cup - arranging them in a pleasant manner.


Take your small cup and place it on the top, gently pushing it down to mold the top to accept it.


Remove the top cup and allow the paper towels to dry completely.  They will become stiff.  I let mine sit overnight.

The next day apply a bit of glue to the inside lip of the small cup and place it on top of the dried first cup.  Continue to soak and drape four more paper towels over the top of the small cup - just like you did with the first cup.  Arranging the drapes in a pleasant manner.


Again.....allow to dry completely.

For the witch you will need to take the toothpick and insert a small portion of it into the styrofoam ball to form a nose.  Make it as long as you want.  Omit this step for the ghost.


Place a bit of glue on top of the small cup and attach the ball with the nose in the appropriate spot. Again.....drape four more soaked paper towels over the top of the ball, molding them around the toothpick and draping downwards.  You will now wrap a rubber band or some sort of string around the base of the ball to form a neck.


Thoroughly dry.

Now for the fun part.  Remove the rubber band.  Spray paint as desired.  I used black for the witch and white for the ghost, but I am sure a hot pink ghost would be perfect too.  ;-)  Decorate as desired.

Dressed for a night on the town.
Be sure to visit my fellow "hoppers" for today and sign in to the Rafflecopter on any blog for a chance to win a great gift from the Fat Quarter Shop.


As well, I have a small giveaway for the fall season.  It is a grouping of six fall fat quarters.  Please leave a comment below and I will select a winner at the end of the hop.



                                         Featured Haunts On Monday October 26
                                              Beads & Birds
                                              Needled Mom
                                              Fun Threads
                                              Pampered Petit
                                              Vrooman’s Quilts
                                               Grandmama's Stories

Happy Halloween!



A full list of all of the participants is included below.  You can still go back and check out their blogs and get some great ideas for Halloween decorating as well as enter their giveaways.  Also, be sure to stop at Marian's blog, Seams to Be Sew, to enter her pattern contest, collect today's pattern and vote on today's projects.


Featured Haunts On Wednesday October 21

95 comments:

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Thank you for sharing such a fun project. The orange feather tree also caught my eye - just darling. Lot's of cute projects in the backgrounds.

Lisa said...

Great craft to make a witch but your legs are still my favorite! Thank you for joining us again I have missed you!

Crafty Tokyo Mama said...

Great ghosts! And economical, too. Can't beat that!
I really like how you added text to your Jack.

Michele said...

Oh I really love this project and they turn out so cute. I'd love to use it for my Girl Scout troop but since they take time to dry that won't work. I might save it for a multi day camping trip though.

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Great project. Thanks for sharing, now I want to make some! They are so cute.

Anita said...

Great ghosts, but the legs are my favorite!

Betsy said...

Mary, I love all your quilts and your ghost is amazingly spooky!

Amanda Best said...

I love your cute ghosties! They look like a lot of fun to make. I really like the pumpkin quilt in the first picture, too.
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Thanks!

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

Love the ghost and the witch, and your other projects are great too!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Thanks for sharing this ,Mary...they were a real treat!!

Emily C said...

wow, you have a lot of Halloween themed items. I love your tutorial, so easy to make a ghost of my own!

Dorian said...

Oh those are really cute! Thanks for the tutorial on them.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

This is such a fun and easy project. I would have loved to have one of these on my desk when I still worked. I WONDERED what you would be creating when you posted your sneak peek!!

Dana Gaffney said...

Thanks for the tutorial they are wonderful, they're going on my to do list.

quilter said...

Very cute thanks for sharing!
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Ramona said...

Your decorations are adorable! I just love the witch with her hat and ribbons. This will be added to my "to do" list!

Rose Best said...

Very crafty and neat how made. Thanks for sharing

Karen said...

Adorable fun project. Thanks for sharing.

SewDoUQuilt said...

What a great project! Thanks for sharing. jarvenpa1ne at gmail dot com

Lisa Marie said...

Lots of cute projects! The pumpkin in the first photo is my favorite -- just darling!

~Niki~ said...

cute pumpkin project! I love his smile. thanks for having the giveaway, btw. :) Looks like everyone had a great time in the hop.

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

Thanks for sharing your little ghosts and all the other projects! Your Halloween pumpkin table topper is the cutest!!

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

What a cute little decoration for Halloween. I, too, just love your Jack o Lantern table topper!

Average Quilter said...

I'm not much of a decorator but those are the cutest and the pumpkin table topper is great.

Marian said...

I love your project, and it's sew cool.. Even tho their is no real sewing to it, I think it's awesome, and with paper towels of all things.. I'm impressed.

I'm glad your enjoying Halloween Haunts and I'm thrilled you participated with us. Thank you

MaryBeth Little said...

Love your project and the quilts you've used for decorations. I remember these made using cheesecloth back in the day.

Bonnie said...

Love the little witch & ghost. Granddaughters and I may have to make them soon. Thanks also for the great give away.

Allison CB said...

Great projects!

Jane's Quilting said...

They are so cute and look like a lot of fun to make with little ones..

KaHolly said...

Fun, fun, fun! Halloween looks like it takes center stage at your house!

Lana said...

Now that is "GOOOOL"!!! What a wonderful project...I can't wait to try this with my little GBs! I bet you have an entire bag of tricks you share with your grands...so much fun!

Linda said...

THANKS FOR SHARING !!!
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Rebecca said...

LOVE that pumpkin wall hanging you showed at the beginning.... so cute. thank you
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anna brown said...

Very nice pumpkin wall quilt looks easy and so pretty...happyness04431@yahoo.com

Dawn said...

What a cute project, thank you for sharing. dawnm1993(at)gmail(dot)com

Melody Lutz said...

What a great project....think my 10 year old niece and I will give this a try this weekend! THANKS!

Kwilt Krazy said...

Awe that is so cute! Thanks for sharing!

Julianne said...

What a fun project! Spooktacular!

Sally said...

What a fun project! Can't wait to do this with the grands! thanks for sharing

Createology said...

Thank you for hopping. I love your pumpkin quilt and the clever spelling in its teeth for Happy Fall Y'all. I am so happy I came back to see your ghost and witch. They are very clever and look easy enough to recreate with your tutorial. Happy Halloween Haunting...

sunny said...


what cute decorations! I especially love the ghosty. :-)

Maria said...

Thanks for the tutorial on the Witch and Ghost.. They are fabulous... Will pop over and visit others too.

desertskyquilts said...

I just love your witch and ghost, and it seems simple, and not terribly messy. How cute they both look. Thanks for sharing this tutorial. I know I'm going to share it with several friends!

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

Thanks for the instructions for such a fun project. The quilts you have picture are pretty cute too!

Melissa said...

What a cute craft! This is something my little girl and I could do together 😁

allthingzsewn said...

So different, They are a cute couple. Also like the feather tree. Never seen an orange one. Did you make that? I would like to make one, they are so expensive. The must be very extensive in labor. Your other quilts are sweet as well.

delaineelliott said...

Thank you for the tutorial on making the ghost - it is so cute!

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DebraKay Neiman said...

Love to see your tutorial - how much fun is this - A LOT! crystalbluern at tds dot net

Lori said...

wow your projects are wonderful. thanks for sharing how to make the ghost and witch. too cute and so simple.

teachpany said...

Cute! I've seen this done with cheesecloth, too. Glad that paper towels work, as well.

Vicki H said...

Thanks for the tutorial making the cute ghost and witch.

Mary Ann said...

Thank you so much for the cute project directions. I will definitely try that with my grandson! Such cute quilts in your pictures too. Happy Halloween!

Julie said...

Love the ghost :)

Bobbie said...

great project- will have to try this one! but what really caught my eye was that jack o lantern quilt! He is just too spooktacular!

Beth Brown said...

I'm going to have to try this - I love the kitty!!

Beth

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Sewgirl said...

Cute, cute, cute! Thanks for sharing the tutorial for your ghosts. Love your pumpkin with his lettered teeth.

Alcea Rosea 31 said...

Great idea, I love your ghosts and witches.

Annette Schultz said...

What a great tut you did up for us. Not sure which one I would do up first . I am thinking the ghost.
Thanks sew much for sharing with us today. and for hosting your own giveaway. institchesandseams@hotmail.ca

Sandy said...

I Love Your Pumpkin With Scrabble Letter Teeth and Witches Feet Quilts!

Quilting Tangent said...

Love the talking Jack O'Latern. Nice tutorial. Happy Halloween! 24Tangent@gmail.com

dcargill said...

What a fun project! I love that it allows for variety! The pumpkin with Scrabble teeth maybe the favorite I have seen this year.

Midlife Mom said...

What a cute project! maybe I can make one or two while I am on R&R this week! I love the Scrabble pieces on your pumpkin, you had mentioned that you used them and it's a super idea!!!!! I finished up two projects today while Mom was here. A Christmas quilt for Graysen and a horse wall hanging that I started last year while on a trip. Now I have a fall one to tackle, it's such a good feeling to get these things finished!

barbara woods said...

i am making a comment from another member of the blog hop, hugs Mary

MissPat said...

Thanks for the tute. They are so cute. But I really like the pumpkin at the start of the post.

Deal.licious Real Food Debby said...

Love the pumpkin "happy fall yall". What a great idea!!!

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Carol said...

I used to make those ghosts every year for Halloween and continued the tradition with the Monkey Boys, but that witch is new to me. Love it! Sweet pumpkin quilt, too!

Rhonda said...

What a fantastic project!! I think my granddaughter would love making these with me. Thanks for the tutorial & the give away!!

Sarah@123quilt said...

Cute project! I love that it's a project you've done with your family.

Teatime Creations said...

Love the ghosts. And the scrabble letters in the pumpkin is excellent. Happy Halloween.

Claire Sutherland said...

I love the witches feet wall hanging. X

Lace Faerie said...

The goats are darling, but I LOVE your patchwork Jack o'Lantern!

Sheila said...

They are adorable , it would be a real fun project to do with the grandchildren . Thanks for sharing .

wendy said...

Thanks for the cute project! I may have to try this in my classroom for next years decorations.

Quiltsmiles said...

Mary- what fun and unique creations. Your photography is excellent too with the way you took the time to stage each shot. Well Done! and have a wonderful Halloween!

rrjane011749 said...

These are too cute!

Kathy H said...

Thanks for showing how to make those cute figures.

Patty D from NC said...

Great pumpkin quilt. Love the instructions to make those ghosts and stuff.

Kathy E. said...

I'll bet your house is full of fun during the Halloween season! You are so clever and crafty. I know I'll be adding the ghostly cups to my list for this year. I'd like to give them to my teacher friends along with a baggie of cookies. So sweet!

Beth said...

Thanks for sharing a tutorial that uses "every day" items. The resulting project is awfully cute.

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

Lol... Mary I am chuckling because I remember your "teaser" photo with the plastic cups and bottle is starch and paper towels on a previous post and NOW I know what that was all about! So sweet, these adorable Halloween projects and I agree that the "witchy" legs are adorable! Thanks for a great post!

Angelia Lanouette said...

Thank you for sharing the tutorial...I would love to try it! I love your Happy Fall Ya'll pumpkin and witches feet wall hanging! Trick or Treat!

Calicojoan said...

Love each and every one of your projects. Those paper towel ghosts and witches are just too cute! What fun.

Crickets Corner said...

Thanks for joining the hop and sharing the tutorial on the ghost and witch.I may be making them tomorrow as they look so fun and easy. Love all your projects and the little pumpkin mini and pumpkin table topper are the cutest. Love his teeth. Rina

GranChris said...

The pumpkin quilt is wonderful.

Walter said...

Such cute ideas; I love Halloween. pjrquilter(at)msn(dot)com

Charlene McCain said...

Love your spooky companions! Thanks for the tutorial on how to make them.

Michele T said...

I love your creations... Especially the pumpkin!! Very cool!!

Unknown said...

Great projects. Nancy A: raqngerer@sbqcglobal.neqt

Katy M said...

What a great idea! x

SuperMomNoCape said...

What a fun Halloween craft! Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win!

OPQuilt said...

You don't need to enter me in the giveaway, but I wanted to tell you how cute the witch and ghost are! I imagine your grandchildren love coming over to your house to have such fun. Fabulous!

Elizabeth

Soma @ whimsandfancies.com said...

These are fabulous and fun too!! Now I want to make a couple. I wonder if I can make a cat. Great tutorial too. Thanks, Mary!

-Soma

Theresa said...

Love your pumpkin, so cute! Enjoyed seeing how you put together your little ghost.

Cloud 9 said...

I had made a similar ghost years ago with cheese cloth. They are fun. Your witch feet quilt is adorable.

corina said...

Cute ghosts! I really love the fall pumpkin patchwork. I've seen pictures of it but haven't found the pattern. Who is the designer? Too cute.