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Garbage Bag Ghosts

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These cute little ghosts can be quickly and easily made with just a few household items.
 
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Step 1: Supplies

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1 white kitchen garbage bag / bin liner
4-5 white plastic shopping bags
scissors
black permanent marker
chopstick or other long, sharp tool  (a large nail will do)
(optional) string or twine

You will be able to make two ghosts from each garbage bag.

Step 2: Cut apart the garbage bag

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1) Cut off the top edge, removing the channel that holds the drawstring.

2) Cut two more strips from the edge of the bag.  Cut these strips in half so you have four total.

3) Cut the bag open along the side seams, then cut the bag in half along the bottom fold.

You should have two large squares now.

Step 3: Cut apart the shopping bags

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If your shopping bags have printing on one side, cut the bags apart to separate the printing from the blank bag.

Step 4: Make the ghost's head

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1) Take the printed parts of two or three of the grocery bags and wad them into a ball.  Take the other halves of the bags (the blank sides) and wrap them around the ball so that the printing is concealed as much as possible.  (Some color will probably show through.)

2)  While still holding this wad of shopping bags, drape one half of the garbage bag over the ball, gathering the excess underneath.

3)  Use one of the strips cut from the garbage bag to tie the neck of the ghost just below the ball.

Step 5: Tatter the ghost's body

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Start cutting the bag into strips from the edge towards the neck.  Stop your cuts a couple of inches from the neck so they don't get too narrow and fragile.  Your cuts will be wider at the bottom and may get quite narrow at the top.  (See the second image for a cutting guide.)  Perfection isn't needed here.  Just try to space them nicely.

If you feel like your strips are getting too narrow at the top while being too wide at the bottom, you can trim the sides of the strips and discard the extra.
pclarke28 months ago
Just spent the evening making lots of these with my kids, quick very easy and puts a big smile on their faces.

Plenty more to make tomorrow ready for the big creepy party were having.

Thanks
Screamo3 years ago
Also, get 2 pieces of kleenex and tie it over alollipop :)
Pamela (author)  Screamo2 years ago
That's a good idea for treat bags or Trick or Treaters.
gUmMy_BeAr2 years ago
i am soooo going to hang these up everywhere
Pamela (author)  gUmMy_BeAr2 years ago
I made a few more and hung them from the trees in the front yard, but I think I we need more!
I just love these! on Friday i made two and put them on my door! Great Job!
Pamela (author)  craftycat7212 years ago
Thank you!
Cute ghosts and good idea. They are really effective when there are a LOT of them hung on the path through our little forest. I've made these from old white sheets torn into squares, but your plastic version would probably light up better at night.
Pamela (author)  CuriousTangles2 years ago
I don't know if they'd light up better, but since the plastic is lighter than fabric, they flutter really well in the breeze. I'd love to see a ton of these little ghosts hung along a forest path. That must look awesome.
those are very cool and so simple.
leeski3 years ago
This is perfect. I was walking around my neighborhood this morning and noticed similar one. This will be a fun projects with the kids today! Thanks. Lee
Pamela (author)  leeski3 years ago
I hope you and your kids have fun making some!
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