Published on October 7th, 2013 | by Kristen Swain2
The Ghoul-ist Halloween Decor
Get it, GHOUL-IST? tee hee. I’m silly. I know it, but these monsters are sure to bring some delight to your Halloween decor. I have seen versions of a Halloween set up like these. But most of those are a single decor piece, sealed together with a bottom board. I love that these guys are separate, you can break up the set and put them all about the house, or you can keep them together, but be careful, you never know what kind of trouble these guys might get up to!
The gang’s all here. A girly ghost, a funny Frankie, an amused mummy, wicked witch and pleasant pumpkin. The Ghoul-ist Halloween Decor!
I have to tell you, these took some time to make. Just because each one is a different monster, with their own unique features.
To start out, I cut my 2×4’s and sanded them down. I have five pieces, but they are cut to 8″, 10″, 12″, 12″ and 14″.
Once I had them sanded, I painted each with acrylic paint, multiple times to get a solid color.
Then I created the noses from Basswood — a thin wood I get from the craft store. It can be cut to shape with a razor knife.
I made two round noses- one for the ghost and one for the mummy. Then I made a half round nose, for Frank. For the witch, I made a curvy nose that I freehanded.
Once the mummy was fully painted, I wrapped him in cheesecloth- you can find it at a craft store or kitchen store.
I wrapped the whole block, then came back and put on the nose after I painted it. Once it was dry, I hot glued it on the block, and added more cheesecloth on top, gluing around the nose to pop it out a little. Then I added the eyes.
Once all the noses were cut out , I sanded then painted them, and hot glued them to their blocks.
I then used a combination of acrylic paint and a sharpie marker to add on the faces. Where there are wiggle eyes, I first traced them, then added the marker to the eye parts so that they would be outlined. I hot glued the wiggle eyes on last.
For the mummy, I gave him a bow tie from the cheesecloth, and added one to the ghost as well. Frankie has two bolts that are simply beads painted black and hot glued on to the sides of the block. The witch has raffia hair I painted with black paint ( just put the cut pieces into a baggie and scrunch the paint around to cover each piece, remove and allow to dry). The witch also has a hat that I hot glued on and formed around her head, at the top where I pinched the fabric together I added a spider decoration. The pumpkin has a real twig top, then I cut some fabric, pinched the one end in with hot glue and added to the top, I also added a raffia bow and button.
Now you can see each one on their own.
kris ( awroooooooo!)