Messy Ghost Painting

With a very rainy morning and two toddlers to entertain, I decided that a project was just the thing we needed.  I searched one of my favorite blogs for Halloween ideas and came upon this fabulous puffy paint ghost. I had shaving cream in my art supply cabinet from summer art, and still have half a gallon of white glue, so this was a project that didn’t require any new supplies!
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To start off, I had both girls (in paint shirts) mix a bowl of shaving cream and glue together while I drew large outlines of ghost on a brown paper bag.  Then I put the outlines down and the girls finger painted them all over.
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There was not a clean hand in the house! After it was smeared everywhere, we added some googlie eyes and a construction paper mouth that I had cut out. Then we let them dry for a couple of hours.
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When they were dry, I cut them out along the lines that I had drawn earlier (although they weren’t very visible at this point) and we hung them up so they could spook the house!
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Nancy just loves to go over and touch her ghost because the “paint” dries fluffy and soft. I’m thinking we’ll have to do this again for snowmen soon!

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7 Responses to “Messy Ghost Painting”


  1. 2 Karen October 25, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Oh my and Nancy even had a bracelet on! In the kitchen too, you are a brave Mommy! Looks like they had WAY too much fun!!!

  2. 4 Kaye Kittrell October 26, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Simple, inexpensive and tactile fun! Just what little ones need! 🙂 – Kaye
    http://www.youtube.com/user/kittrellkaye

  3. 5 Karen October 26, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Okay no bracelet, must be the painting shirt over a shirt!

  4. 6 cneron October 26, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Such a great idea!-C

    What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. -Jane Goodall

    Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2012 21:17:47 +0000 To: courtney_misslin@hotmail.com

  5. 7 Rick October 28, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Hey, did you hear I found a gecko skeleton in the back yard? Full skeleton, tiny little ribs, head, tail, legs, all together. I printed out a sheet that said “I am the gecko ghost of Halloweens past BEWARE” and pasted the skeleton on it and taped it to the neighbors front door. Good times


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