Can you believe it’s a week until Halloween? Of course as with all season/festivities I love to celebrate and decorate for them. However, apart from the odd find at Homesense, I’ve found it difficult to find nice quality decorations that are super plasticky or gimmicky. So, enter my love for air drying clay and here is a DIY on how to make your own ghoulish ghost garland to decorate with!
What you will need:
Air drying clay
Rolling pin or clean glass jar
Baking paper (or similar to protect your work surface)
Ghost cookie cutter
Black sharpie/acrylic/watercolour paint
- First take a ball of clay and roll out to a thickness of a £1 coin. Use your cutter to cut out your ghost shape. Repeat this 10 times.
2. Place on baking paper and use the pencil to poke a hole through the top of each ghost. Use your finger slightly dampened to smooth around the edges of the ghosts to achieve a more polished look.
3. Leave to dry. You can see in this photo the colour difference between the wet and dry areas – mine took about 3 days to fully dry but would be quicker if you placed near a radiator etc.
4. Once they are fully dried flip them over and make sure that the bottoms are dry too.
5. Practise what kind of spooky face you are going to draw/paint onto your ghosts.
6. Give them all a face!
7. Use some PVA glue with a paintbrush and apply a thick layer all over the top of the ghosts. If you used paint to make their faces then make sure that is dry first.
8. Wait to dry and then it has come time to attach them all together. For mine I measured and cut how long I wanted the twine to be first, and then threaded the first ghost all the way to the end of the string, tied a knot at the top and then threaded the next one.
9. Display your ghoulish ghosts – if you dare!