Saturday, October 1, 2011

How to Make a Ghost....or something like a ghost.

The goal of this tutorial is to teach you how to make a ghost for your Halloween home decor using children's footprints. An added bonus is the memories you make with the little ones and the reactions that they will have.

Here we go...

1. Paint any size canvas black. (Unless you have several hoodlums running around, stay with a smaller size canvas, otherwise those tiny footprints will look slightly out of place.)

 2. Find 2 really handsome little boys. (I suppose cute little girls would suffice too, but I have easier access to the other.)

3. Beg and plead and negotiate with the little jokers to let you paint their feet.

4. Unlike what you repeatedly tell them during any given church service, meal at a restaurant, sporting event, etc, tell the child to take off their shoes and socks. (It has been scientifically proven that this is the fastest, no-fail step in this tutorial.)

5. Apply white paint to the bottom of the kid's foot. Be sure to get in those nooks and crannies between and under the toes.

6. Laugh with the child as he (or she) laughs about how cold the paint is and how it tickles. (This is BY FAR my favorite step.)

7. Apply the painted foot to the canvas with some pressure. **Remember: the toes are going to be the bottom of the ghost. So if you have wording on the canvas prior to the footprint, be sure you don't do it upside down. I speak from ALMOST experience, and a moment of pure dumbness.**

8. Slowly and carefully pull foot off the canvas and admire the footprint.

9. Wash child's foot of QUICKLY before it hits the carpet. (Some more experienced people, aka: a parent, would never have done this project on carpeted to floor to begin with. Insert excuse of pure dumbness from previous step.)

10. Repeat steps 4-9 for any other neighborhood children that are running through your house.

11. Let dry. COMPLETELY.

12. Somewhere in the heel vacinity of the footprint, paint 2 small black dots for the eyes and a large black dot for the mouth. If you've not added any words yet, now's the time.

13. Repeat step 11.

14. Apply sealer (if you'd like and have any) and riboon (if you like and have any).

15. Display for the Halloween season and keep and treasure as your kiddos grow.

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