My daughter loves Halloween. This year she is fascinated with Ghosts. She even wants to be a kitty, her favorite thing, and a ghost. Since there is no costume out there like that, we’re going to have to see what we can come up with. In the mean time, we’ve been making ghosts to decorate our house with. Her favorite are these transparent ghosts we’ve made, and I’ll explain step by step how to make all three of them. Don’t worry; they are all really simple and quick.
For this project you are going to need some common items found around your home if you have kids.
Elmer’s Glue (or white school glue) – not the stick version
Popsicle sticks or fishing line/string
Black construction paper (or black marker)
Begin by laying the wax paper out in a place that you won’t have to move it for about an hour after you are done making this project.
Next, give the glue bottle to the kids and let them glob it on in puddles where ever they want on the wax paper.
After they have their globs of glue, show them how to smear the glue downwards to create an image that looks like a ghost and thin the glue out a bit (but not too thin or it will break when dry). They can use their fingers for this part.
Then, while the glue is still wet, place the Popsicle stick on the bottom of the ghost in the middle of the glue. Also, cut out pieces of black construction paper for the eyes and mouth and place them on the head portion of the ghost while the glue is still wet.
**Tip: A hole punch works good for making perfect round little circles. **
If you are using fishing line since its light weight you can also place it in the glue at the top of the head if you are not going to use Popsicle sticks.
Allow the glue to dry completely.
Once dry, if you did not use the Popsicle sticks, or fishing line, you will want to now use a straight pin and poke a hole in the head of your ghost.
Carefully remove your ghosts, with and without the Popsicle sticks, from the wax paper (thin areas may break).
Feed the string through the hole in the ghost’s head and tie.
Let your kids play with their ghosts on a stick, or hang them up for everyone to see.
NOTE: If you want you can use string to outline the shape of the ghost on the wax paper before putting glue down, and then just smear the glue around inside the string to fill the area and create the ghosts. My daughter preferred making her own without the string though.
I’m sure you have either tissue paper or Kleenex style tissues around your house. That, cotton balls, rubber bands or thread, and a black marker are all that you need for this next ghost.
Tissue (paper or Kleenex)
Small rubber bands or thread (I prefer thread)
Place a cotton ball in the center of a tissue and wrap the tissue around it. Twist the ball around and secure it in place using the thread or rubber band.
Draw eyes and a mouth on the “head” of your ghost.
Wax Paper Ghosts
My daughter liked the see through glue ghost so much she wanted to do more the next day. I didn’t want to deal with the mess of glue sitting out for that long again so I came up with another idea.
Cut out ghost shapes from a piece of wax paper.
Draw on the eyes and mouth with the black marker.
Now you’re ready to play with some more transparent ghosts!