Thursday, September 29, 2011

Ghost in a Jar

For weeks now our boys have been begging to "Halloweenify" the house, but we're making them wait until October 1st, which is this weekend. To help get the festivities started we wanted to find a fun Halloween craft. After seeing some of the cute projects where people turn jars into ghosts, we wondered if we could put a ghost in a jar! We knew the kids would get a kick out of that! We gave it some thought, and this is what we came up with!

What You Need:
  • clean jar with lid
  • gauze pad
  • small toy or object to shape your ghost
  • school glue
  • water
  • plastic wrap
  • construction paper
  • fabric, ribbon (optional)
First, wrap your small toy in plastic wrap. This will help you remove your ghost later.

Pour some glue into a small bowl and dilute it with water a bit (there are no exact measurements for this - just eyeball it).

Stand up your wrapped toy on a small dish. Then dip a single layer of gauze into the diluted glue. It will absorb a lot, so wring it out a bit. Then drape it over your toy, manipulating it to get the shape you want.
Let your ghost dry for a few hours or overnight...or if you are impatient like us, use the hairdryer!
When it is dry or almost dry, remove the stiff gauze from the plastic-wrapped toy. it will be flexible, which will help you put it in the jar later. Then using your construction paper, cut out some spooky faces and glue them to your ghost. Now insert your ghost into the jar and put on the lid. We then covered out lids with fabric and ribbon to make them more festive.

They are cute as-is, but look really neat with lights shining behind them!

Just don't take the lid off - they might escape! ;)
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  1. Love them! Might try a variant of my own.

  2. These are to cute! Looking forward to making them with my daughter.

  3. You have saved me! I have something for my daughter & I to do when she gets home from school. It's always hard when it's raining & she's just not ready to come inside. So between making cookies & ghosts our afternoon will be full!

  4. Thank-you so much for the fabulous idea!

  5. Great craft you guys! Just posted about it over on CraftGossip :) Keep it up mamas!

  6. haha...that is cute :)
    I may have to make some soon :)

  7. This is so cute, I love it! I am going to have to make some today!

  8. What a cute idea, they are adorable! I'll definitely make some and link back to you.

  9. These are SO cute!! I'm going to share this on my crafty facebook page : ) I just made new buttons on my blog for projects that I share on facebook. Go grab one if you like!
    Jaimee @