Every year it’s a huge challenge to come up with new ideas for decorating at Halloween. We’ve all seen it all! Jack-o-lanterns of all shapes and sizes, ghosts hanging from trees, the witch that looks as if she ran into the side of a tree – what’s it going to be this year? Of course you’re somewhat limited as to the themes of Halloween décor: scary, eerie, spooky; ghosts, witches, Frankensteins. Well, some of these things never go out of style but you can always use different techniques and materials to make new versions of those old favorites.
Use balloons to make assorted Halloween characters for decorating your home. Blow up a small balloon then set it on a vase or jar so that the knot hangs down inside. This will keep the balloon steady as you decorate it. In a disposable bowl mix one part white glue to two parts water. Use this along with the material you choose to make the type of character you want.
T-shirt fabric is ideal for making the Halloween characters. You can also use strips of sheets. Since t-shirts can be found at thrift stores for next to nothing, and they come in a huge variety of colors, they’re perfect for this project.
Cut strips of the chosen material. Cut them so that they’re sort of wide and kind of long. There are no specific measurements for this craft. Dip a paintbrush in the glue mixture and spread it on an area of the balloon. Position one strip in the glue making sure the entire strip is in glue. Now use the paintbrush to paint over that cloth strip. Continue adding another and another strip, gluing it to the balloon, then brushing glue over it, and cris-crossing the fabric pieces until the balloon is covered. The very bottom of the balloon, where the knot is, should not be covered. Leave a space around the knot but cover the rest of the balloon.
After the glue is completely dry pop it from underneath. Remove the pieces of the balloon then trim around the edges of the t-shirt material to create the hemline of a ghost character. Trim so that the ghost can stand by himself. Glue on wiggly eyes and a felt circle as a mouth. If you want, you can set a strand of battery-operated lights underneath and watch the ghost glow!
Use different colors of sheets or t-shirt material to make a green Frankenstein, an orange jack-o-lantern or even a black spider. It’s a fun project that creates ghosts, goblins and ghouls that can be used year after year.