Want to make a Halloween decoration that will make your neighbors double take every time? How ‘bout one that even creeps you out from time to time?… I thought you might say that… Let’s get started on the haunted merry-go-round, with ghosts!
What you’ll need:
- White garbage bags
- Black permanent marker
- Fishing line
- Sowing needle
- 4 Pop cans
- Toilet paper/newspaper
- Scotch tape
- Rubber bands
- Black/White paint (optional)
Whoops, sorry, where was I… ah yes… next, bend the hanger into a slightly more circular shape. Don’t worry, the ghost won’t be offended if it looks crooked or oval or otherwise half as good as it could have been done.
Unfold the garbage bags and draw circles on them. Make the circle edges wavy and jagged, sort of like a star pattern. Wavy, because these will be your ghosts, and come on people, have you ever seen a ghost with a perfectly strait cut skirt? Let’s be realistic. The size of the circles will determine the sizes of your ghosts. Make them as large or small as you want. Cut each one out.
Remember those pop tops?… It.. Is.. Time!!…… Take one of these tops and cut a strip out of it along the bottom, about 1 inch deep by 3 inches long. Careful, they will be sharp! Cut three v-shaped notches on one long side, and one v-shaped notch on the other. This will be used later.
Next, cut similar strips off your pop can tops for every ghost you make, about 1 inch deep and 2 inches long. Cut one v-shaped notch on the long side of each one. These little pieces will be anchors for your ghosts.
In the end, you will have one 1×3 strip, and four 1×2 strips, all with notches. One can top will have two strips carved out of it.
You can then discard the can tops.
Next, cut strips of fishing line in varying lengths for each ghost – these will determine how low your ghosts hang off the hanger. Tie a sowing needle to one end, and to the other, one of the 1×2 inch aluminum strips you cut out. Use the v-shaped notch to anchor the fishing line.
Stick the needle through what will be the top of the head of a ghost (the garbage bag). Don’t worry, these ghosts don’t feel pain! Pull the string all the way through till the metal stops it.
Next, wad up some T.P. for each ghost. After all, they need to do their business too! A rubber band will trap the wad inside the ghost, making the head. So make the wad accordingly. After placing the rubber band on, trapping the wad, draw a scary face to freak out local cats 🙂
Tie the needle end of the line to the circular part of the hanger. Cut the needle off, repeat the process for each ghost… Wash, rinse, and repeat. (Oops, wrong instructions.)
Once all your creepy ghouls are attached, cut four new equal lengths of fishing line, approximately 2 feet long each. Using three of the lines, tie one end of each evenly spaced on the circular hanger. Tie the other end to the 1×3 inch aluminum strip, with the three grooves facing up, and one string in each groove.
Finally, tie the last strip of fishing line to the middle notch of that 1×3 aluminum strip. Tie the other end to a branch or whatever else you can find… like a power line. (Editor’s Note – Our lawyers advise us to say: DO NOT TIE TO POWER LINE(S)!)
Okay, okay, please just tie to a branch, or an eavestrough of your house.
Lastly, (for real this time), to make your craft move, tape the “topless” pop cans sideways on the circular hanger, each facing the same way to catch the wind. For best results, place tape over the bottoms of the cans to make them more aerodynamic.
If there’s wind, your craft will begin to move like a merry-go-round! A … haunted … merry-go-round.