Halloween is coming fast and this time of year is just so busy, isn’t it? I’m always looking for fast and easy ways to add some holiday fun to my home – ones that I can whip up quickly and inexpensively! So, this week I’m taking part in another round of Craft Lightning. All week long my crafty friends have been sharing their quick and easy Halloween craft ideas and wow, there are some fantastic ideas out there! When you get to the bottom of this post, you’ll see an image you can click on to take you to the rest of the tutorials in this series.
I’ve always loved any type of displays under glass. Perhaps it goes back to my love of science and history and all the museums I’ve spent time in or maybe it’s just because I just love glass jars! (Does that sound weird?) In any case, I had some of these really big jars sitting around and have been wanting to use them for something fun and so I decided to make Halloween Ghosts Under Glass. I got these jars from a local restaurant. Of course you could use jars you find at dollar stores, Walmart, Target or other such stores but these are a nice big size and they were free! Ask your local restaurants and you might be able to score some too – they’re used for things like pickles, olives, and salad dressings.
Besides the jar, you’ll need: some Styrofoam balls, a twig, some cheesecloth, a Styrofoam disk or some floral foam (check the floral department – it’s often cheaper than the craft department), some moss, and a few things you’re likely to have on hand like a black marker, scissors, and glue (I used Aleene’s Fast GrabTacky Glue).
I found that I was able to balance the twig and ghosts really well inside the jar so I didn’t need to glue the foam into the lid. You might find you’ll need a touch of glue to hold it in place. If you don’t want it to be permanent, you could also use some double sided tape (try the kind made by Command Adhesive so that they’re easily removed when ready). I did put a dab of glue on the end of the twig before I stuck it into the foam though to make it more secure.
You can either attach the foam ball to the twig and then form the ghost over it or make the ghost first and attach it the twig after. Again, I added a dab of glue onto the end of the twig before inserting it into the foam ball.
Making the ghosts is as easy as cutting a piece of cheesecloth and placing it over the foam ball. I found I preferred a double thickness of the cloth to make it still look gauzy and sheer but without having the foam show through. I used a strip of cheesecloth to tie around the ghost’s “neck” as it blended in better with the rest of the ghost than using twine or yarn would have – plus it saves on supplies!
Oh the glare – it made me crazy! I photographed in multiple places, multiple times of days, on several different days to try to get you the best images I could. I think you get the idea though!
Now it’s time to put it all in the jar. You can glue the moss to the foam disk before placing it in the jar but I just stuffed some in there to cover it up. That’s it! You’re ready to display your ghosts under glass! I’ve decided that I’m going to add another twig because it’s hard to see much of it and I really like the looks of a “tree” showing. I’ve also decided it needs a bat hanging down – just for that one last touch!
Now be sure to click on the image below and check out my fellow quick and easy Halloween crafters!