We made these papier-mâché ghosts last week and finally got around to putting on the faces. I know I could type paper mache, but it's not as fun.
To make these:
- We made a paste (flour, water and white glue) first and made forms to cover to get the ghost shape.
- For the forms we crumpled up balls of newspaper and set them on a drinking glass.
- Then we covered all that with cling wrap.
- Then we draped that with newspaper wet with the glue/flour/water mixture, making the ghost shape, and finished with a glued-up layer of paper towels and let them dry.
These take a long time to dry because the paper towels hold so much moisture. After 2 days, I took them off the forms, they were still damp but could stand-up, and baked them in the oven at 200° for a few hours. I love how the paper towels give the ghost texture and also flare out at the base. When they were dry, we painted them white (we probably could have left them as is) and then drew on the faces.