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…
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.
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!