There’s a little wall in our lounge between the window and the patio doors that seems to be just perfect for bunting. We hang the Happy Birthday banner between the two curtain rails for at least a month after anyone’s birthday, and when that came down after Kitty’s birthday in September she and I made some autumn leaf triangles with some sticky backed plastic and a the proceeds of a good afternoon’s scavenging.
But they were the genesis of a good idea, rather than the perfect final iteration so I’ve been thinking for something a little seasonal with which to replace them. And now we have it.
I’m not massively into Halloween per se, I think I like Bonfire Night more; just as much excuse for cake, and lots more fireworks; but I do like any opportunity to do a little themed crafting with the girls. This one is inspired by Lucy, whose round up of her Halloween last year included a photo of a ghost picture made with her family’s footprints.
But Kitty was never going to want to stop at just one footprint, and so the idea for bunting was born; and here’s how.
You will need:
- coloured paper, the darker the better – black, orange or purple would seem seasonal, we used blue and pink because I let Kitty choose.
- white poster paint
- a paper plate
- a paintbrush
- a selection of googly eyes
- glitter glue (or just ordinary glue)
- washi tape (or sellotape)
- black felt tip
- paper ribbon
How to make ghostlie bunting:
- Find a bit of floor that you can wash, or heavily protect – I laid our old oilcloth tablecloth over the kitchen floor and happily we escaped without tiny white footprints all over the house. Strip children of all clothes you treasure.
- Pour white poster paint into the paper plate and spread it around with the brush to create a basic sort of stamp pad.
- Persuade small child to step into the painty plate and then onto the paper.
- Carefully lift up the foot away from the paper and repeat until you run out of paper. Try to leave a good space between footprints, but it isn’t essential.
- Persuade small child that her even smaller sister really does want a go, and therefore some paper must be left for really tiny ghosts. Baby footprints worked quite well painting Elma’s foot with the brush and then printing it onto the paper while she sat on her bottom next to me – she thought it was hilarious.
- Leave the prints to dry while you scoop both children straight upstairs and into the bath.
- Cut out around each foot print leaving a 1/4 inch of so of paper border (Mama’s job).
- Stick googly eyes onto the heel of each foot print with glitter glue (Kitty’s job).
- Draw a mouth under the eyes (Kitty’s job). The heel is the head of the ghost and your toes are the ghosts’ toes.
- Measure out a length of paper ribbon to fit wherever you want to decorate (Mama’s job).
- Lay out the ghosts to make a pretty pattern, then attach each one to the ribbon with washi tape (Mama and Kitty together).
- Hang up and enjoy!
(The pom poms were supposed to be pumpkins – another idea still in germination!)