Hello guys and ghouls! (I’m sorry, I had to add the cheesy greeting.)
During this time of the year, my creativity (and cheesiness, clearly) reaches its peak. Has it got something to do with my two favourite holidays, Halloween and Christmas? Yes! I just LOVE the last three months of the year, when the child in me comes out. I have been wanting to post a DIY for a long while and, when I came across the idea of a Halloween ghost garland on Marzia’s blog (who, by the way, liked my Instagram photo) the other day, I knew that this would be it. It is quick, easy and super cheap (i.e. perfect for a student in the middle of her university examinations).
Read on if you want to learn how to make your very own Ghostly Garland!
- Polystyrene Balls, small
- Fabric, squares
- Elastic bands, clear
- *Black Marker
* Be careful of using a marker on specific types of fabric, as it may spread. Eyeliner works well.
I started making the garland by cutting squares of a white, sheer fabric that I had lying around. You can use any type of flowy fabric (I saw someone make the ghosts out of hessian fabric and they looked incredible!) in any colour. To make the ghost’s head, use small polystyrene balls. I bought a pack of them from CNA for R25. Cover the polystyrene balls with a square of fabric and use a clear elastic band to tie the fabric as tight as possible underneath the ghost’s head. Most people recommend using a black marker to draw the ghosts face onto the ball. However, on the type of fabric I was using, the ink spread and I ended up with a disfigured ghost (which may seem appropriate for Halloween, but we all know the goal is cute-scary, not scary-scary, okay?). Rather than use a black marker, I grabbed a pot of black eyeliner (don’t laugh!) and drew the face on with that. Attach all of your ghosts to a piece of string by wrapping the string twice around each ghost.
That’s it! For once, I didn’t rewrite the Bible. Short and sweet.