Sunday, September 30, 2012

DIY Halloween Ghouls!

I recently went on a shopping trip for some Halloween decorations. I have never decorated for Halloween before so I have nothing!! Anyhoo, as I'm browsing what Wal-Mart has to offer in the creepy decor department, I realized that this stuff is SUPER expensive!! Just some hanging ghosts were like $8.00 a PIECE! Well I decided that I was going to make my own hanging ghouls. Screw you Wal-Mart. 

I got 6 ghouls out of this project. For me the investment was around $15, making each one cost around $2.50! And, it was quick and easy!

What you'll need:

  • Paper mache 3-D skull (I found mine at Michaels for $2.00 each).
  • White paint I used some I had laying around. It was Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic paint in Mongolia White. You could use spray paint too if you wanted but I wanted the skulls to have a patchy look so I did one coat of acrylic paint. (Or you can use whatever color you want!
  • Cheesecloth, I found a 6 yard package of it at Wal-Mart for $5.00 and I had some left over. I cut it into around 2 or 3 foot pieces. Long enough to get the look I desired. It all depends on how long you want the ghoul to be.
  • Spray Adhesive, I already had Loctite General Performance Lightweight Bonding spray. I got it at Lowes for around $3.00. (this stuff is amazing to have laying around the house, I find myself using it all the time. It's a must have in my craft room)
  • Clear String and brad for hanging if desired.

(Also you might want some cardboard to keep your work surface from getting sticky.)

When you've painted the skull and cut your cheesecloth, go to a well ventilated area and spray the top of the skull and the top part of the face with the spray adhesive. Them, cover the skull with the cheese cloth. You can reposition the cheese cloth to get the look you're going for. 

If you want to hang it, I poked a small hole in the top of the skull, tied some fishing line to a brad and poked it through. I may go back and glue it though, because I want to put these outside and want them to last in the wind. 

Viola! A $2.50 adorable Halloween decoration!


  1. Great Job! Hit the dollar store up, they always have great little Halloween items that can be enhanced too! Holly :-)

  2. Super idea!! Thanks for the tutorial....I actually made litlte "ghost mummies" with stuff to work with, and it definitely beats the price!!


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