For Huey, Dewey, and Louie, Halloween is three times the fun. With matching ghost costumes, these famous triplet ducklings are truly identical. Even their uncle Donald and great-uncle Scrooge McDuck can't tell them apart. Made from stiffened cotton, these web footed apparitions make a real stand-up decoration.
- Aluminum foil
- 3 large drinking glasses or empty jars
- Three 12-inch squares of lightweight white cotton cloth
- Tape measure
- Fabric stiffener (sold at craft supply and fabric stores)
- Googly eyes
- Glue dots
- Black permanent marker
- Ducky Ghosts template
- Orange adhesive-back felt
- Pipe cleaners (orange and white)
- 6 metal washers (for weights)
1. Create a form for each of the three ghosts, by balling up a piece of aluminum foil and placing it atop an inverted drinking glass or empty jar. Coat a 12-inch square of white cotton cloth with fabric stiffener, following the manufacturer's directions. Drape the saturated cloth over the form, letting the fabric drape around it much like a tablecloth. Let the cloth dry overnight or until it is stiff enough to hold its shape.
2. Use glue dots to stick a pair of googly eyes to the face of each ghost. Then draw on high curved eyebrows resembling those of Huey, Duey, and Louie.
|3. For each ghost, fashion a pair of duck legs. Begin by printing out the template and using it to cut duck feet out of orange adhesive-back felt (four for each duck). Then, twist together two orange pipe cleaners, leaving an inch at both ends untwisted, as shown.|
|4. Attach a foot to each pair of pipe cleaner ends by pressing the splayed lengths down onto the felt's adhesive. Press a washer onto the foot for weight, and top the assembly with another felt foot, placed sticky side down.|
|5. Next, attach a pipe cleaner frame to the top of the legs to provide support for the ghost's body. To do this, tightly twist the centers of two white pipe cleaners around the center of the legs. Then twist two of the ends together to form a circle.|
|6. Bend the remaining two pipe cleaner ends up to sandwich the top of the first circle and twist them together as well to form a second circle.|
7. Fit the ghost down onto the frame. Then stand the ghost up, bending and positioning the legs to balance it.