This past weekend, we celebrated Craft-In with a book launch and craft-along party at our local Barnes and Noble. Were you there? It was so much fun! Suzie Millions, the designer behind Craft-In, and author of The Complete Book of Retro Crafts (Lark, 2008) hosted the event, and brought along 40 darling ghoul girl kits — a variation on her Paper Doll Party booklet from Craft-In.

Want to make your own ghouly gal? Suzie was kind enough to share her template so you can do just that!  And now, some pictures from the event…

Kathleen McCafferty, Craft-In editor, and Suzie Millions, Craft-In graphic designer & booklet author, shown with Short Street Cupcakes by Jodi Rhoden who also has a booklet in Craft-In! Sweet circle of Craft-In goodness!

The beautiful gals from the kits!

Equally glamorous, Suzie & friends.

Get crafty with Suzie!

Suzie guides everyone along

Craft-In artist Julie Armbruster and husband Dave

Craft-In fans Mary & Isabel

Etsy artist Robin Plemmons, Kathleen, and Craft-In artist Katy Yellen

I’ve uploaded a lot more pics on our Flickr page. What a fun bunch! Now, let’s let get to the Ghoul Gal Project.

You will need: Paper stock, access to a color printer, a gluestick, green pipecleaner, tulle (8 X 36 inches), feather, press on gems, a cocktail umbrella, pom pom, toothpick, and press on googly eyes.

Double click on this pdf for Ghouly Girls and print them out on good paper stock. If you want another body option, here’s a different pattern you can use.

Cut the pieces out, including the notch down the middle of each template body piece. For the main figure, cut a bit beyond the notch to create a good fit and help her stand firmly.

Insert the stand into the figure via the cut-out notches, attach the face with glue, and glue a feather to the back of her head. Gather the tulle around her body and use a pipe cleaner to hold it in place. Bend the ends of the pipecleaner forward to create arms, and curl the ends for hands.

Decorate her dress and tell her how pretty she looks. Ghouly gals like that.

Finally, secure the umbrella in her hand. Stick googly eyes on a pom pom, spear it with a toothpick and put it in her other hand. Can you say ghoul girl fun? Go put it somewhere where everyone will see it. Then, hum the Craft-In song. You’ve done it! Call all your friends and invite them to make their own.

Now, for one lucky Craft-In fan, leave a comment on this post by Friday, October 29th, and if your name is randomly drawn, I’ll send you your very own copy of Craft-In AND a free Ghouly Gal kit from our event. I’d like to know what you’re going to do (or be!) for Halloween, though any comment is cool. The winner will be notified on November 3rd. Official rules are here. Comment away!

UPDATE: Congratulations to Susannah Storch for winning our giveaway!


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22 Responses

    Amyskin says:

    Halloween is my favorite holiday – my husband takes our 6 kids trick or treating; while I get to stay home and pass out treats! I don’t usually dress up, though. Hoping I win the book this time!

    Christine says:

    I would love to make a Ghoul Girl in honor of my sister Danielle for Dia de los Muertos thus year. Danielle was a vibrant spirit whop passed away from AIDS a few years ago, and each year I try to do something in her honor on her favorite holiday- Hallowe’en. She had so much style and joy, and a Ghoul Girl seems very apropos this year. My new studio table awaits many hours of crafts so your book would be well appreciated ! Thanks and enjoy the season!

    Ashley says:

    I’m a redhead, so this year I’ve made a Beaker from the Muppets costume from foam and felt. It’s going to be so fun!

    Teri C says:

    Oh these were so cute. I wish this event had happened at my local store :) I would love a copy. These are great ideas I will have to pass them along to my students. Thank you!

    My family and I were there and we had a lot of fun! We even sat next to Robin Plemmons for a few minutes and I was too nervous to say anything about how cool she is! Anyway, I plan on going as a Sim from the computer game by making one of the green diamonds they have over their head when they are happy!

    Jeanne says:

    What a generous offer. Thank you for the chance!

    juliecache says:

    the events looks so fun!

    Poppy says:

    Looks so fun. I could see my girlfriends getting together a making a gaggle of ghoul gals! I’ll be spending Halloween passing out treats to our hundreds of trick-or-treaters, taking my kiddos around the neighborhood, and trying to avoid a sugar overdose.

    Colleen says:

    my family has a harry potter theme going – I will be a witch… not sure which one!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

    Skylarking_on_deck says:

    Yay! Craft-In looks really cool. I am going to be a Hoarder—I will festoon myself with trash and plastic bags and maybe lots of stuffed cats. How attractive is that? :-)

    Kelly Irene says:

    Looks like fun! I’m going to dress up my 1 year old daughter like a ballerina (I still need to finish her slippers!). We’re going to stay in and hand out candy together since she’s not quite ready to go walking down the street asking for candy!

    marissamakes says:

    What a fun event and great collection of booklets! This will be our first Halloween in our new house, so my husband and I are really looking forward to welcoming the neighborhood’s tiny trick-or-treaters. We’ve already made a couple of friendly his + hers scarecrows for the yard and are planning to dress up our front door with funny-faced balloon spiders.

    Good Witch—North says:

    What a great package. Like a kit. Each little brochure is unique, like a box of crafty bonbons.

    Laurie Ray says:

    I would Love to win this book ! No other way to get it at the moment with funds the way they are. As far as what I am going to be for Halloween… not sure but my little grandson is going to be a Fireman he is only 20months old. That reminds me we better get to work on his costume! lol Thank you for the chance to win such an awesome book!

    Tina says:

    This year I’m going as Mathilda from Leon the Professional. Which is kind of obscure and outdated but, well, it matches my hair!

    Susannah says:

    I love the ghouly girls, and I am so excited for the Craft-In book. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!

    Lisa says:

    I have the whole weekend planned. Friday the kids have a costume party & me & DH are going to sneak in a movie. Saturday is the Haunted Trail & movie in Clifton (our town) and Sunday is trick or treating. My kids are going as military guys (girls love guys in uniform) and I’m goiing as Sookie from True Blood.

    Cherisse911 says:

    This looks like an awesome book! Perfect for sharing with a group of friends….that is the best way to craft anyway :)

    MarciaW says:

    This would be great fun to use for crafting. Please enter me into the drawing. alternate email mlwright29 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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