Remember these guys that I briefly shared with you earlier this week?
Well, they were such fun to make that I wanted to dedicate a post to them. I was inspired by this pin, but when you clicked through, there were no instructions. But, I mean, it looks easy enough right? Well, it took me at least four times to finally nail the technique. The first few looked…inappropriate for a children’s library. So I thought that I’d share with you how I did it in case you wanted to give it a go.
First, I cut out a random-sized piece of white craft paper, and then cut a hole near the middle:
Then start spiraling out from that center hole:
Most of the ghosts were small enough to be easily managed, but several had me looking like this:
Those were my favorite.
At some point you’ll hit a point where you realize that you’ll need to stop in order to create a head:
Just trim off the awkward edge and round it out. At this point you can use a black marker to freehand a face. Since both sides are visible you’ll want to be sure that both sides look good (awesome Wonder Woman mug is optional, but it helps):
Et, voila! It’s what we called our ghost snails! Which is pretty much what they look like when not hanging from the ceiling:
Then it was just a matter of poking a hole through the head with a pushpin and threading fishing line through it. Then up on the ceiling they went:
They really add a fun moving element to this month’s decor. The books are on a separate fishing line, and so the ghosts and books twirl and swirl in unexpected ways. I was going to include the book covers here, but then I realized that this post would become quite epic. So be on the lookout for an upcoming post covering my Spooky Silly Books!