It’s that time of year again, mamas! Time to pull out those costumes, dish out the treats and deck your homes with creepy ghouls and cobwebs. It’s Halloween! As one of our favourite holidays, second only to Christmas, we thought it would be great to get our kiddos involved with some fun DIY crafts. We turn to our crafting expert, Julie from ActivityBox for this fun and easy project to make.
Decorating our house for Halloween is something my daughter and I love to do together. We enjoy making decorations as well as buying a few new ones each year. We definitely stick to fun DIY’s that are quick and easy to make. This year I was looking for a friendly looking ghost, and finally, I found the perfect one… the Ghost Tassels (which can easily be strung together to make bunting)! And as a bonus you probably have all of these supplies on hand at home already. If you’re missing some items, you can check out your local Jusco Living Plaza which was where I picked up my white wool from at $12 a bundle… what a bargain! Without further ado, let’s get crafting!
You will need white wool or string, a pair of scissors, a pencil, a ruler, a piece of firm cardboard about 15cm x 12cm and a black permanent marker. You can use black paint if you don’t have a black marker. For the cardboard cut a piece from a cardboard box or cereal box.
Use the ruler and pencil to draw a 10cm x 12cm rectangle on your cardboard and cut out. Wrap the wool around the card 20 times and cut it in line with the bottom of the card.
Tip: You can secure the wool with a piece of clear tape to make it easier for kids.
Make sure it’s snug, but not too tight that the card starts to bend. To make fatter ghosts, wrap the wool around the card 30 times. To make different lengths of ghosts, adjust the size of your card height wise.
Now cut a piece of wool 30cm long. Lot’s of great measurement and math practice here for the kiddos! Slip it carefully under the wrapped wool. Tie a double knot in the middle of the wool. Each knot needs to be very tight so you’ll have to help your kiddo here.
Carefully remove the wrapped wool from the card. You’ll have to do this by pushing it along bit by bit alternating from top to bottom. This will test your kiddos patience and fine motor skills! Put down your wool so that the loose string is at the top of the oval shape of wool.
Cut another piece of wool. This time, 20cm long to make the head of our ghost. Tie a tight, double knot around the top 1/4 of the wool. Now our wool is starting to take shape… we have the head! Using the tail of this piece, wrapped it around a few times to create the neck. Tie it in a double knot and trim any loose ends.
Now for the easy and fun part that your kids (especially your toddlers!) will love to do with you! Simply cut through all the loops.
On the opposite of your ‘neck’ knot, draw on two eyes and a mouth using a permanent marker and viola… or better yet, boo! Aren’t they just the cutest?
Tip: String a whole bunch together for an adorable ghost tasseled bunting!