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Ghoulish Stick Figures

by Amanda Formaro

If you are looking for last minute Halloween crafts, you've come to the right place! These adorable little monsters have personality of their own. Made from simple items such as ice cream sticks and tempura paint, they're sure to be a hit with your kids.

TWO HEADED SNAKE

ice cream stick with wide ends
black tempura paint
gold glitter glue
2" piece of thin red ribbon
scissors
tacky or hot glue
4 wiggle eyes

Paint ice cream stick black and let dry. Cut 2" piece of ribbon into two 1" pieces. At one end of each piece, cut a tiny triangle out to form a forked tongue. Glue the ribbons to underside of each end of the ice cream stick, be sure that the forked end is sticking out. Using gold glitter glue, carefully apply 3-4 striped down snake's body. Glue a pair of wiggle eyes onto each end of the ice cream stick. centipede and two-headed snake

CENTIPEDE

ice cream stick
orange tempura paint
6 12"-long orange chenille sticks
red glitter glue
2 wiggle eyes
tacky glue


Paint ice cream stick and allow to dry. Wrap chenille sticks around body to form legs; bend legs into position. Glue on two wiggle eyes onto head. Fill in gaps on top of ice cream stick between legs with red glitter glue.

GHOSTLY TREE

ghost tree

ice cream stick
green tempura paint
6 or 7 brown chenille sticks in different lengths
2 12"-long brown chenille sticks
black marker
1 white Kleenex tissue

Paint ice cream stick green and allow to dry. Wrap 2 of the chenille stick around the bottom of the ice cream stick to create roots or feet for the tree to stand on. With remaining chenille sticks, create branches by wrapping around ice cream stick and then bending in different directions. Fold Kleenex at the seam. Holding seam in your fingers, cut along the seam, about 2 inches down from seam. You should end up with a piece as long as the original Kleenex, but only about 2 inches high that can be unfolded into a 4 inch strip. From this strip, cut into sections about 1 inch long each. From these small pieces, create tiny ghosts by twisting into a ghost shape. Using the chenille branches, carefully wrap the end of the branch around the ghost necks until there is a ghost on each branch. Move branches around so there are some in the front, back and on the sides to make your tree more dimensional. With black marker, carefully dot on eyes and a mouth for each ghost, draw an oval on the tree truck for the hollow effect, and draw a few lines up and down the trunk for bark.


HANDY HERMAN

handy herman

ice cream stick
red tempura paint
2 wiggle eyes
black marker
5" piece of red & white polka dot ribbon
6 12"-long red chenille sticks
Kleenex tissue
scissors
tacky or hot glue

Paint ice cream stick red and allow to dry. Wrap chenille sticks around center and lower portion of ice cream stick. Bend sticks to create 4 arms and 4 legs. Fashion a small bow out of red & white polka dot ribbon. Trim ends to make bow about 1-1 1/2" in length. Glue onto ice cream stick where neck should be. Glue wiggle eyes onto head. Cut a small square (about 1 1/2"-2") out of Kleenex tissue. Fringe one side of the Kleenex by carefully cutting small slits with scissors. Bunch opposite end of the Kleenex together and glue to the back of the head. Using black marker, draw on mouth and nose.


GHOST
(pictured at the top)

ice cream stick
white tempura paint
black marker
one Kleenex tissue
1 white chenille stick

Paint ice cream stick white and allow to dry. With black marker, draw on eyes and mouth. Poke ice cream stick through bottom third of Kleenex. Using white chenille stick, wrap short end of Kleenex (back of ghost) around the ice cream stick to secure it in place. Fringe the front of the Kleenex tissue by carefully cutting slits up from the bottom.

About the Author:
Amanda Formaro is the crafty, entrepreneurial mother of four children. She and her husband live in sunny Nevada with a houseful of kids, dogs and cats. While Amanda’s professional background was originally in finance, she chose to stay home to raise her family after her third child was born. Amanda enjoys tole painting, crafting with her kids, walking her dogs and working on her website, FamilyCorner. com Magazine


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