DIY Ghost Votives

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I have completely fallen in love with air clay!  I don’t know why I haven’t tried it sooner, but it is so much fun and so easy to work with.  It is just like working with cookie dough, but more pliable and less mess.  If you have worked with clay, this is a fun alternative to the clean up and mess of working with any type of stoneware, terracotta or porcelain.  The possibilities are also endless!

So, low and behold I dreampt up this project of making ghost votives.  It just seems like for any holiday my kids can’t have enough light up things in our household.  So, why not little ghosts?  Nothing too creepy.  My five year old doesn’t want anything too creepy, especially after having been in the Halloween store & taking a wrong turn down an aisle. All of these electronic skeletons and creepy marionettes started to all go off at once.  Even I was creeped out. We both ran to the next isle over to see some happy things.  Anyways, here are some happy ghosts that are just perfect for Halloween.

Things You Will Need:

  • Air Clay (I used Premier.)
  • Plastic Knife or Kitchen Knife will work
  • Skewer
  • Paper Towels
  • Tape
  • Sand Paper
  • White Acrylic Paint
  • Paint Brush

Step 1:  Shape paper towels into a rounded form for the ghost.  Tape the paper towels to hold the shape.

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Step 2:  Roll out about 1/2 to 3/4 of a package of air clay depending on how large you made your paper form.  You will want to roll the air clay to 1/4″ thickness.  Any thinner, and you might end up with holes or too much cracking.

Step 3:  Take the knife and carefully cut around the edges.  I made curved edges that went in and came back out all along the base of the ghost.

Step 3:  Using a skewer or the end of a paint brush, make the eyes and the mouth of the ghost by poking holes through the clay.

Step 4:  Smooth out any areas that require it..

Step 5:  Let the air clay dry for about 48 to 72 hours. Leave it on your form while drying.

Step 6:  Lightly sand areas if you feel your ghost needs it, and then paint them with white acrylic paint.  Seal with a matte spray paint or sealer (this is optional).

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 So, fun and easy!  I love the how these are light weight yet durable.

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 They won’t break easily if little hands get a hold of them either. As you can see, I used battery powered small votive candles inside them. I love the way they make the ghosts eyes & mouth glow.Artzy Creations-DIY-Ghost-Votives-Easy-To-Make-5a

I hope you enjoyed the BOO-tastict craft!  I just couldn’t resist. 🙂

Enjoy!

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