My son, Will, and I were picking up his babyξsister from aξfriendξwhoξbabysatξwhile I helpedξin Will???s kindergarten class. My friend???s porch was decked out to the nines with Halloween decorations, one of which was a ghost windsock which William zealously declared we had to reproduceξfor ourselves. I guess my Halloween wreath and little ???Trick or Treat??? sign on our porch just isn???t cutting it forξhis five-year-old tastes.
So here we are, making a ghost decoration to hang on our porch to satisfy my little guy’s ghostly needs.
For this project you???ll need:
- An empty two-literξbottle
- A yard of fabric (I???m using up what I have in my stash, so our ghosts have stars and stripes)
- Scrap of black felt
- A glue gunξandξglue sticks
- An awl or other sharp object (I used the tip of my seam ripper)
- Measuring tape
Removeξthe wrapper fromξyour soda bottle and wash the bottleξout. Cut it in half.
Iron your fabric then fold it in half, then half again to makeξa square. Cut out a 28??? diameter circle. Since the fabric is folded in half, that means we’ll be measuring at 14″. Using your measuring tape, hold the end at the top corner of your folded fabrics (make sure you’ve got the right corner!) and hold a pencil at the 14″ mark in your other hand.
While holding your top hand firmly in placeξ(by the top corner), drag your pencil from one side of the fabric to the other drawing a line. Cut along the line through all the layersξ(I need to get a helper for action shots, haha).
With an awl or a small screwdriver, poke two small holes into the bottom of your soda bottle.
Use a small dob of hot glue at the very center of the bottom of your bottle and line upξwith the center of your circle of fabric. Make sure not to cover theξholes you???ve made. This is just to hold the fabric in place.
Thread your fishing line onto a needle. Make sure the needle is small enough to fit through the holes you???ve made. Put your needle down through one hole and back up through the other, making sure to go through the fabric as well. Tie a knot. This will be so you can hang your ghost.
Freehand some creepy ghost eyes and a mouth, cut them out, and glue them on.
At this point there are a lot of options. You can leave it as is. You can cut some vertical strips in the bottom of the fabric or a jaggedy edge. You can hand some ribbon or rickrack strips or string some beads and hang them from the bottom. Dye the tips. Let your creative juices run wild.
My son designed the face of this little ghost. Kids have the best imaginations.
If you make this or play along with any of my other patterns/tutorials and post them on Instagram, give me a shout out @lisasummerhays #stubbornlycrafty so I can come admire!
Thanks for hanging out today!