This little fabric ghost tradition began last year, and N has been begging me to revive it for weeks. We haven’t had any white fabric in the house, I didn’t have the energy to make a fabric run, and then low-and-behold I found a quarter yard of fabric in a closet sweep a few days ago! Yay for “free” fabric. It’s more craft than art, but you’ll see in a minute how this can be open-ended and exploratory for curious, creative little minds.
We started with approximately 15″ squares of thin cotton fabric, a little thinner than muslin.
Really, almost any thin white fabric will work. We filled the middle with about six cotton balls. Actually, it started out at “five,” but when N took over she increased the number by one or two, until the last ghost had about nine cotton balls in the head. This is good for counting, too!
I cut cotton string into lengths of 12″ – 30″ and then tied them around the “heads.” We then glued on googly eyes with white glue.
Now for the fun part! N wanted to draw a mouth on one of the ghosts so we found a Sharpie marker. Drawing the mouth turned into drawing hair, ears, and decorating the entire body. So fun!
She even drew inside the ghost. There are no limits, are there? We made four ghosts altogether, and she named this one the “dad.”
The others (mom, baby, and sister) were plain…what does this mean, I wonder?
We hung them in the tree to scare our neighbors for Halloween. A clear monofilament might have eliminated the noose quality of the string, but you work with what you’ve got! Boo!