Halloween Ghostly Centerpiece

Super Simple with Terri O

This Halloween craft project will take back to kindergarten. You remember dipping fabric into watery glue and making people don’t you? Well you have come full circle with this one. It is so simple yet so very, very clever. Make them big or small or both! Level: way easy

Supplies:

Cheese cloth

Scissors

Fabric stiffener ( I used Stiffy by Plaid)

Small container

Splat mat (I highly recommend you get one of these! They are great for many reasons )

Black felt for eyes and mouth

Small terra cotta pot

Styrofoam (1 to fit snuggly inside the pot and 1 large for the head and 2 small for the arms.)

Wood dowels

Plastic wrap

Super Simple with Terri O

Directions:

  1. Make a form for your ghost. This is how I made mine but you can come up with your own idea too. Insert the large Styrofoam ball into the pot. Insert the dowel into the Styrofoam and add the head to the top.
  2. Insert dowels into the Styrofoam for the arms. Wrap plastic wrap around the Styrofoam so that the cheesecloth won’t stick.
  3. Cut a piece of cheesecloth making sure it is big enough to drape over the form.
  4. Set the pot on the mat in a place where you can leave it over night.
  5. Saturate the cloth with Stiffy and drape over your form. Mold it and shape it the way you like it. Let dry.
  6. Once dry, pull out the form and cut round eyes and a mouth. Glue it to your ghost.

Two Contempo Wall Art Craft Projects

Add instant pop to a plain wall with this simple project. If you change your decor with the seasons or for holidays, creating different sets of these “tiles” is an inexpensive way to change the feel of a room. The flower placement lends a natural contrast and another dimension of color.

Terri O Super SimpleCraft Materials Needed:

  • Styrofoam™ Brand Foam – 1″ x 12″ x 36″ sheet, three
  • Scrapbook paper:  12″ x 12″, nine sheets
  • Ribbon, 1″ x 12 yds.
  • Ruler
  • Sharp pencil
  • Serrated knife and old candle; or, dental floss
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Sawtooth picture hangers, nine
  • Straight pins (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Using ruler and pencil, score foam sheet to create three, 12″ x 12″ squares. Wax serrated knife with an old candle. Holding foam sheet firmly on a flat surface, extend one end and cut across score line, using knife like a saw. Or, try dental floss: stand the sheet on its edge, and hold a 20″ length of dental floss along the scored line, positioning one hand at the bottom of the board and the other at the top; draw the dental floss down through the foam sheet along the scored line. Repeat with remaining two foam sheets.
  2. Spread white craft glue on foam square, center 12″ x 12″ paper, and adhere to foam. Repeat, covering all of the foam squares.
  3. Pin or glue ribbon around edges.
  4. Glue sawtooth picture hanger to back. For additional hold, insert and glue two straight pins through holes in sawtooth picture hanger.
  5. Let dry before hanging.

Typical Project Completion Time: 1-2 hours

 

Terri Ouellette

Concert shirts? Vacation shirts? Upcycle ’em!

Click the link below for the how to video from my Sonoran Living segment:

DECORATE YOUR WALL WITH OLD T-SHIRTS

Stamping 101 – How to make your own stamps

Jumbo Stamp Art

Make your own stamps.

If you have a design you just love why not use it as inspiration? Use some pretty fabric. You can make some stamps out of foam and create matching canvas pictures to hang on the wall. For the kids, you can turn a Styrofoam meat tray into a very cool stamp!

CLICK HERE to see how it’s done!