Good morning and welcome to the first ever HomeAcre Harvest Hop!
An invitation to share all of your Harvest and Halloween related posts: recipes, decorating ideas, DIY tutorials, all things Harvest-y and Halloween-y.
Please Note: If you don’t have any holiday related posts, share with us what is going on at your homestead: chickens, canning, gardening tips, projects, etc.
These posts are always welcome!
Your hosts are:
- Ann from Summers Acres
- Kathi from Oak Hill Homestead
- Lisa Lynn from The Self Sufficient HomeAcre
- Mary from Homegrown on the Hill
- Nancy from Prudent Living ~ On the Home Front
- Sandra from Clear Water Farm Journal
- and me!
Growing up, my mom always worked hard to make each holiday special and Halloween was no exception. The house would be decorated a few weeks in advance, and every Halloween night, just before trick or treating we’d sit down to a meal of chili and cornbread.
Many of the decorations she had made herself; one of my favorites was these simple flying? floating? ghosts (do ghosts fly or float?) made from a styrofoam ball.
A few years ago, I modified her version with my own take. This is an easy project that can be put together in an afternoon, and is one that your littles, with some help, or an elementary age child could easily create.
For this project you will need:
- Round styrofoam balls
- Fabric of some sort for the “shroud” I’ve used cheesecloth, but my mother used scraps cut from old white sheets. White would be the most obvious color choice but muslin or tea stained might make a cute “country” ghost.
- White Pipe cleaners. Optional, if you want arms for your ghost.
- Black felt
- Decorative ribbon
- Thread and stick pins
- Craft Glue
Putting it all together:
- If you are using the pipe cleaners for arms, twist and bend one end to form the shape of hands and arms. Poke the other end into the styrofoam ball. Repeat for the other arm. You may want to use craft glue before sticking into the styrofoam to make sure they are secure. Arms are optional. My mother’s ghosts were a simple form without any.
- Cover the styrofoam ball and arms with the fabric of your choice. You can even create layers if you wish. Wrap a length of thread around the base of the styrofoam ball and around the pipe cleaners, forming the neck and securing the fabric. Tie tightly and clip threads.
- Fashion the eyes and mouth from shapes cut out of felt. I free handed mine. Attach to the head with craft glue.
- To finish: Tie a length of decorative ribbon around the neck of the ghost. Secure a long length of thread to the back of the head with a stick pin. To do this, tie a double knot on one end and poke the pin through the knot. You may want to dredge the pin through the craft glue before sticking into the strofoam to make it secure.
The ideal place to hang your spooky ghosts would be a front or back porch where they can catch the wind. Alternatively they can hang in the front hall or from the arms of a chandelier like mine shown above.
Now onto the hop. My favorite posts from last week were:
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Now it is your turn! Link up all your Harvest and Halloween themed posts! Family friendly posts only please and a link back to the host is always much appreciated. Favorite posts will be shared on Pinterest and Facebook. Follow our HomeAcre Harvest pinterest board for all sorts of ideas ~ you can find it here.
If you don’t have any holiday related posts, please share with us what is going on at your homestead: chickens, canning, gardening tips, projects, etc. These posts are always welcome!