Feather boas are frilly and colorful, fluffy and cheap. You’ll find them at many dollar-theme stores for a buck, and that makes them a really good deal, when it comes to decorating for Halloween. One feather boa can make a whole family of ghosts, goblins or ghouls. These most unusual monsters will change the look of Halloween this year, for sure!
Of course, you’ll need a white boa – or even a silver one – to make a Halloween ghost, but other monsters can be made from most any color of boa. A Styrofoam cone makes it easy to create the ghost of your choice. Small cones for small ghosts, of course, and large cones for big ghosts. There is no limits as to how short or tall the ghost can be. You can make small ones that sit on a mantle or huge ones that stand out on the deck or porch. You’ll find Styrofoam cones in a huge variety of sizes online or at your local craft store.
To make any ghost, glue the end of the boa to the bottom of the cone, then begin wrapping it around and around. Here and there, put a dot of hot glue to hold the boa in place. When you get to the point of the cone, cut the boa, then glue the end down. Attach peel-n-stick wiggly eyes to finish the ghost. At this point, the ghost is done, but there are some embellishments you can add to create a different look for him. Wrap a piece of black ribbon around the “neck” and tie a bow in front to give him a bow tie. Or, glue on a tiny tophat.
Using the same method, you can make any number of ghouls this Halloween. Use various colors of boas to make assorted monsters. Instead of cones, try wrapping the boa around Styrofoam balls and cubes to make other characters. Use various techniques for creating eyes. For instance, if you glue the wiggly eyes onto pipe cleaners, you can push them into the Styrofoam, and have them come out at the top of the cone, ball or cube. You can even have them come out on the sides or give a monster multiple eyes. With these eyes you can make a huge assortment of alien Halloween monsters.
The embellishments you use can make all the difference. A beige boa wrapped around a cone might not look anything like a scarecrow, but after you add a tiny bandana, a little straw hat, and similar craft supplies, the boa takes on the appearance you want.
One of the great things about using Styrofoam shapes for this project is that you can easily attach a dowel and stand them outside in the yard, if you want. Little girls’ feather boas are not expensive at all so they’re perfect for creating new Halloween decorations. Get one, get busy, and see for yourself!