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.
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.|
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.
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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.