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Old 09-04-2006, 09:41 PM
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Talking Friendly Chenille Ghost

SUPPLIES:

4" diameter Styrofoam egg (for head)
4" x 9" Styrofoam cone (for body)
Floral pins, T-pins
8 yards white jumbo loopy chenille
32-gauge white tie wire
Two 9"-long black chenille stems
16 quart shallow wooden basket with wire handles
1 1/4 yards of 3/4" wide black French ribbon
Two 8-leaf stems of fabric autumn leaves
3/4 yd of 1 3/4" or 2" wide autumn print fabric ribbon
2/3 yd of 3/4" wide black satin ribbon
3/4 yd of 1 3/4" or 2" wide orange-green sheer ombre ribbon
Rubber spider

TOOLS:

low temperature glue gun
ruler
scissors

Note: be sure to use a low temperature glue gun and not a hot glue gun.

Head & Body

With small end of Styrofoam egg (head) pointing up, glue egg to top of Styrofoam cone (body), then secure with floral pins.

Cut four 1-yd pieces of white jumbo loopy chenille. Fold each piece into thirds with one end tucked inside the fold; glue folded sections of each piece together. Glue, then pin open end of each folded piece to body 4" from bottom, covering sides and front of body with chenille to form skirt.

Cut four 24" long pieces of loop chenille. Fold each piece in half. Starting with fold of each piece at center top of head, glue two pieces down center front of head and body until pieces meet top of skirt. Repeat with remaining two pieces, glue one piece to each side of first two pieces. Curl ends of loopy chenille to one side where they overlap skirt. Cut one 4" long piece of loopy chenille. Starting at one side of head and working across back to other side, glue 4" long piece of loopy chenille to top of head just in back of first four pieces. Tie a piece of white tie wire around neck to define and hold shape of head.

The Arms

Cut two 24" long pieces of loopy chenille. Fold each piece into thirds with one end tucked inside fold; glue folded sections of each piece together to make an arm. Glue, then pin an arm to each side of body just below head. Bend arms (photo).

The Eyes

Tightly coil one black chenille stem; shape it into an oval. Repeat with second black chenille stem. Glue coiled stems to front of head for eyes.

The Wall Hanging

Place basket on its side (this will be bottom of wall hanging) so that handles are at same height. Glue bottom of cone to inside center of basket; let loopy chenille skirt hang over basket (photo). Make a bow with black French ribbon. Glue bow to neck of ghost.

DECORATING THE BASKET:

Glue one stem of leaves to inside of basket behind ghost. Cut two 3-leaf sprigs from second stem of leaves. Glue sprigs to inside bottom of basket on each side of ghost. Glue remaining two leaves to left side of basket about 5" above handle.

Make a 4-loop bow with autumn print ribbon, securing loops with white tie wire. Add two tails of 3/4" wide black satin ribbon to print bow; knot ends of tails. Make a 4-loop bow with ombre ribbon, securing loops with white tie wire; attach ombre bow with wire to top of print bow at center. Glue completed bow to right side of basket on top of leaves.

Glue spider to leaves at top left side of basket.
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