Wispy Ghosts • DIY Halloween Decoration

Tutorial from ashbeedesign.com

A great Halloween decoration. This tutorial creates wonderful wispy ghosts that can easily be used in centerpieces, on door stoops, on hearths, wherever you want to add a touch of Halloween.

Tutorial:
Supplies:

  • Cheese Cloth 1 package for every 5 ghosts
  • Plaster of Paris- We made 20 ghosts and used about 10 lbs dry.
  • Assorted Paper tubes - Paper towel, wrapping paper or make your own from old manilla file folders
  • Round objects for head molds - ping pong balls, X-Mas balls, craft balls, burned out light bulbs, etc.
  • masking tape
  • saran wrap
  • Play dough or other clay for support during construction
  • Black Paper - good quality so it won't fade
  • Glue gun and glue
  • LED flickering tea lights



Process:
• Make support armatures for the ghosts.
• Make five different sized armatures each about 1" shorter than the last.  Size really depends on how and where you want to display them.
• Ashbee design team reused each armature 4 times and made them strong enough to with stand that.
• Cut each paper tube to the desired height. Ours were 4",5",6",7" 8".

Using masking tape, tape all of the parts of the armature together.

• Use play dough or any type of clay like material you have to weight down the bottom.

Pre-cut the cheese cloth. After some experimenting we found 3 layers of cheese cloth was about perfect for the degree of transparency we wanted.
• Ashbee team cut the cheese cloth to length and the re-folded it to be three layers thick.
• Leave enough cheese cloth to arrange around the "feet" and create a good standing surface.
Let the guys dry over night.
Give your ghost some personality by playing with eye shape or mouths.

Definitely spooky!


Before & After - Rusted Filing Drawers

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Take an old piece of furniture like this and give it the metal treatment. In no time at all you can transform it from drab to fab.

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You will need:

Plain furniture
Sandpaper – medium grade
Porters Liquid Iron & Instant Rust - 500ml
Small roller
Paint brush
Handles

Head over to Tara Dennis for instructions.


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Perfect Roasted Potatoes Recipe

Recipe lightly adapted from Jamie Oliver

Ingredients:

  • 4 russet potatoes, peeled and sliced into 1 inch pieces (approximate)
  • Enough olive oil to lightly grease baking tray
  • 3 springs of rosemary
  • 4 unpeeled but lightly smashed garlic cloves*
  • More olive oil to toss the potatoes with
  • 1 tbsp salt or to taste
  • 1 tsp coarse sea salt (optional)

Method:
1.  Place the potato slices in some lightly salted water and bring to a boil.  Parboil potatoes for about 5 minutes.
2.  Remove and drain.  Place potatoes in a colander and toss well to make sure the slices rub against each other.  Leave the colander with the potatoes on top of the pot and allow to steam dry.  Pre-heat the oven at 180 C/ 365 F.
3.  Add the olive oil and rosemary leaves to the baking tray for tossing of the potatoes.  Add the salt.  Add the potato slices and toss well to combine.  Add garlic cloves.
4.  Roast in oven for about 40 minutes or until tops look crispy and brown.  Serve as side dish.  Sprinkle more sea salt on the top before serving. You can remove the garlic cloves before serving.

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