Everybody loves dressing up for Halloween, even fairies. Here's a pint-size disguise (wink, wink) straight from Pixie Hollow -- a tiny tinker ghost to add to your holiday décor.
- Template for Tinker Bell Halloween Ghost
- Aluminum foil
- Cardboard tissue tube
- Thin disposable plastic work gloves
- Plaster cloth (sold in craft stores)
- Container of water (for dipping the plaster cloth)
- White acrylic craft paint and paintbrush or foam brush
- Two 1.75-inch thin cardboard squares
- Lime green duct tape or green paint
- Low-temperature glue gun
- Craft knife
- Wooden dowel (3/8-inch diameter)
- 2 white faux gems/pearls, white beads, or mini white pompoms
- 2 wooden craft sticks
- Pinch style wooden clothespin
- Black marker
- Decorative lime green scrapbook paper
- 2 pipe cleaners
- Glue stick
1. Cover your work surface with newspaper. Then create a form for the ghost by placing a ball of aluminum foil atop a cardboard tissue tube.
2. Cut two or three 12-inch lengths from the plaster cloth. Working with one piece at a time, dip the cloth in water and gently squeeze out the excess water. Drape the wet cloth over the form and shape the folds as you like. Apply one or two more layers in the same way. Allow the ghost to cure (it usually sets up in a matter of minutes). Then paint the plaster cloth (inside and out) and set it aside to dry.
3. Meanwhile, create Tinker Bell's slippers. Start by covering one side of each thin cardboard square with green duct tape, wrapping the edges of the tape around the cardboard as shown. Or, you can just paint the cardboard green.
4. Fold the sides of the cardboard toward the center so that the corners overlap at the toe, then hot glue them in place. Next, overlap the corners at the heel and hot glue them in place.
5. Use the craft knife to cut two 3-inch lengths from the wooden dowel to use for Tinker Bell's legs. Glue the bottoms of the legs into the slippers. Then trim the fronts and backs of the slippers to create rounded toes and heels. Attach a white gem, bead, or pompom to the toe of each slipper.
6. Join the legs at the top by hot gluing one craft stick across the fronts and another across the back, making sure the soles of the slippers are even.
7. Attach a pinch style clothespin to the center of the craft stick braces. Set the frame aside for now.
8. Print the template and use the pieces as patterns for cutting the shapes from decorative scrapbook paper. Glue the two upper wing sets together with the printed sides of the paper facing out and a pipe cleaner length sandwiched between them.
9. Do the same with the two lower wing sets. Glue the wings to the upper back of the ghost, overlapping the two sets as shown.
10. Use a pencil to lightly outline two small oval eyes on the ghost's face. Then fill in the outlines with black marker.
11. Remove the tube and foil from inside the ghost, and insert the frame in their place. Nestle the ends of the craft sticks between the plaster cloth folds in such a way that the ghost is balanced enough to stand upright on its own (this may take a bit of trial and error). Once the frame is in the right place, hot glue it to the inner ghost in a couple spots. Now your Halloween sprite is ready to display!