Colorful Tissue Ghosts
What you will make:
Tissue ghosts are an easy, inexpensive way to decorate for Halloween.
In this project, you'll see how to make a colorful version of the traditional
tissue ghost by adding fading color accents. You can choose to make the
ghosts from tissue paper or facial tissue, and then use water colors or
markers to add color to the ghosts' trailing garments.
When made of tissue paper, these little ghosts are very lightweight
and can stand on their own. Place them just about anywhere around your
home or classroom to add an eerie Halloween feel.
This is a
great group or classroom craft project. With a little help from adults or teenage
leaders, even younger children can be successful.
Related craft: For more ideas on dyeing tissue paper,
see the Tissue Paper Painting
Here's what you need:
- White tissue paper or facial tissue
- Watercolors or markers
- Ribbon or yarn (black and orange)
- Permanent black marker
- For measuring tissue paper: ruler and pencil
- For watercolors: paintbrush, cup for water, and newspapers for
- Optional: Fishing line, tacks
Basic Craft Box plus
tissue, yarn, ribbon, watercolors, and permanent black marker. « «
This project is rated VERY EASY to do.
How to Make Colorful Tissue Ghosts
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Project Preparation
Read through the project and gather the materials needed for
creating the tissue ghosts. If you are doing this craft with a group,
tissue paper and ribbon to make the crafting go faster. Each ghost
requires two 8" to 9" pieces of tissue paper (or two facial tissues)
and a 10" length of ribbon.
When using watercolors, the tissue paper will take a little
while to dry. You may want to split the craft into two sessions to
allow the paint to dry.
- Step 2: Cut (optional)
If you are making the ghosts from tissue paper, cut two 8" to 9"
squares for each ghost from white tissue paper.
Tip: For an easy way to cut precise squares from
tissue paper, see Step 2 in the
Easy Paper Snowflakes craft project.
- Step 3: Paint Edges
Paint the edges of one tissue square for each ghost. To make it easier to apply paint
(or markers) to the tissue edges, fold each
square in half on the diagonal. Fold the resulting triangle in half
again, and then in half another time. All of the cut edges of the square
are together on one side of the final triangle. Paint (or color with
a marker) along the length of the side with cut edges.
When using watercolor on tissue paper, dampen the edges first
with clear water, using your paintbrush. This will allow the
watercolor to bleed as you paint the edge. Dampen a 1"-wide band
along the edge.
Carefully unfold the paper, gripping dry spots. Tissue paper is
very fragile and will tear easily. Handle it as little as possible,
and lay it on newspapers to dry. You may want to let it dry for
five minutes before unfolding it fully.
Tip: It is not necessary to dampen facial
tissue, as the paint will bleed naturally. In fact, you can just dip
the facial tissue in a puddle of watercolor instead of painting the
- Step 4: Make Ghosts
Each ghost requires two squares of tissue, one painted and one
plain, and a 10" length of ribbon or yarn. Wad up the plain tissue
square into a ball and place it in the center of the colored square.
Pull the corners up around the ball in the shape of a ghost. Tie
ribbon or yarn around the ghost's neck. Fluff out the
Draw a face on the ghost with a black permanent marker. Be
- Step 5: Display Ghosts
The tissue paper ghosts are very lightweight and can stand on
their own. Place them just about anywhere around your home or
classroom. You can also hang the ghosts anywhere you like, using fishing
line or tacks. Simply tie the fishing line around the ghost's neck.
That's it! Your tissue ghosts are done!
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