Monday, September 16, 2013

Ghost Costume

So, Halloween is right around the corner.  How did that happen?  Needless to say, I've been pretty busy with Halloween costumes; both for my own littles as well as a few others.  This year, I wanted to share some of our special costumes and show you how I put them together!

This week, I'm starting off with this cutey.  I love it.  The sparkly tutu, the mischievous little ghost face; everything!

The tutu is from our shop.  You can find that HERE.  The onesie I did with a freezer paper stencil. If, by some small miracle, you have never tried freezer paper stenciling before; here's a quick run down (it's super easy, by the way!).  Want to buy the entire outfit?  You can do that HERE.

What I did first was find a template on-line for the face.  The one I used is actually a jack-o-lantern template, but I think she makes a pretty cute ghost, too.  Once you have your template, use an Exact-O Knife (or other blade of some sort) to cut out all the negative space (ie all the black parts).

Then, take your freezer paper and put it waxy side down.  Tape your cut out temple on the non-waxy side of your paper and cut it out.  It will look something like this:

Once your freezer paper is all cut out, you will place it (again, waxy side down!) where you want it on your fabric (or in my case, my onesie).  Gently iron it down, NO STEAM, and it will stick nicely to your fabric.

 When you are done ironing, it will look something like this:

Then, grab a foam sponge brush, a bit of craft paint and a light piece of cardboard to place under your fabric (so the paint doesn't bleed through).  You are going to lightly paint over your stencil.  Be sure you get all the edges really well, and be careful to paint evenly.  You don't want globs of paint anywhere; especially along the edges of the stencil! 

Once you're happy with your paint job, walk away.  Do not immediately pull up your stencil; let it set for a few minutes.  Some people like to wait until the paint is 100% dry.  I prefer to let it be mostly dry.  I feel like the stencil pulls up better (and easier) if the paint isn't completely set.

Once your stencil is off, let it finish drying completely and then you're done!  Super quick and super easy!  This little ghost took me less than an hour; with interruptions of 3 children.  And then you have a cute t-shirt or onesie or whatever else you want to make.

Happy Hauntings!!

The Patriotic Pam


The Art Bug said...

cute..thanks for sharing!

Diana - FreeStyleMama said...

Absolutely adorable!!

Dawn Madsen said...

Love, love, love this! I have a two year old little girl, I was thinking of dressing her up as a balerina because of course she loves tutus, but this is even better! Thanks for the great idea :)

Dawn from

The Causal Craftlete said...

I am making my daughter a tutu ghost costume this year for Halloween too! I just got the iron on in the mail today. This is super cute. Thanks for sharing! If I fail at making a tutu I just might have to order one from your shop...haha.


Jeanette@CraftyInCrosby said...

That is just adorable!! Unfortunately, my little girl is 26 this year and I don't think she would let me make this for her! But someday we will have grandkids and I'll have to make this for them!

Katherines Corner said...

sooooooo cute! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop xo

Kayla Janachovsky said...

Super cute!!

Pam McFarland said...

Very cute. Please consider linking this up at The Patriotic Pam this weekend. My readers would love to see this too.
Pam @ The Patriotic Pam

Melissa Llado said...

Oh my....this is just way too cute!!!

Kaysi @ Keeping it Simple said...

This is super cute! I'm featuring this on MMM this week

Glamorous Mommy said...

This is super adorable!! Thanks so much for sharing, can't wait to use this technique for my little one ;)


Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

Thanks so much for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday, I featured this on my blog tonight! Come stop by and grab a featured button :)

Pam McFarland said...

Loved this so much, I featured it on The Patriotic Pam this week. Come over and check it out.
Pam :)


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