ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Eco-Friendly Halloween Ghost Craft for Cub Scout/Girl Scouts

Updated on October 11, 2010
This scaredy-ghost craft is easy and inexpensive to make and it is also eco-friendly.
This scaredy-ghost craft is easy and inexpensive to make and it is also eco-friendly.
Don't forget to recycle the cans you don't use!
Don't forget to recycle the cans you don't use!

I came up with the design for these Scaredy-Ghost Halloween magnets based on a similar Santa Claus craft I had seen for Christmas. This super-simple craft is so quick and easy to make, and is great low-impact project for the environment, since it reuses aluminum cans and used promotional refrigerator magnets! This craft is a nice take-it-home project for your class Halloween party. It is also a good craft to make at a fall cub scout jamboree or church youth class and can complement other activities you might plan, since it makes only a few minutes to make. Why not make a whole bunch of these using glow-in-the-dark paint and hang them from a tree in your yard on Halloween night? They will make an eerie noise in the wind and be the talk of the neighborhood!

We made this craft for my daughter's third grade Halloween party with 24 kids. It took only about 5-10 minutes to complete and was a big hit with both boys and girls. The craft was easy to start, finish, and clean up.

This craft requires that an adult do some preparation in a well-ventilated area.

Supplies Needed:

  • One clean aluminum beverage can (tab removed) per ghost
  • Wiggly craft eyes, different sizes
  • White spray paint (glow-in-the-dark preferred) (get two or three cans of spray paint for 24 ghosts)
  • Hot glue or white craft glue
  • Small paint brushes or q-tips
  • Black water-based acrylic craft paint
  • Flat refrigerator magnets (recycle your old promotional business magnets, or purchase a roll of magnets.)

Instructions

  1. At least 48 hours before you plan to make the craft, collect and crush your dry aluminum cola cans with your foot. Collect more cans than you need to prepare, because some of the cola cans will form sharp points at their creases. These sharp edges can pose a cutting hazard. Recycle the cans you don't use, of course!
  2. Lay the cans out on a tarp or on some trash bags and spray paint them white. After they have dried (usually after about an hour), turn them over and spray paint the unpainted sides. Allow them to completely dry. Make sure they don't require an extra coat of paint.

Finish the project

  1. Paint the inside of the can opening and around the edges of the mouth hole with black craft paint to form a screaming ghost mouth. See the example photo above.
  2. Hot glue the eyes next to the mouth. Note that the eye placement will alter the look of the craft. Be creative and use different sizes of wiggle eyes.
  3. Use a hot glue gun to attach a magnet to the back of the can.

Suggestions for Working With Large Groups

Use disposable medicine cups or 4-oz. Dixie cups to hold glue and paint at different tables. The amount of black paint required to make this craft is very, very small, so a little goes a long way.


More Eco-Friendly Craft Projects

Comments

Submit a Comment

  • profile image

    Mountainmedia 

    7 years ago

    Another good, although not free, source of craft ideas for Girl Scouts, Brownies, and Daisy Girl Scouts can be found at http://www.colortime.com

  • wannabwestern profile imageAUTHOR

    Carolyn Augustine 

    9 years ago from Iowa

    Thank you! Happy Halloween!

  • nightcats profile image

    June Campbell 

    9 years ago from North Vancouver

    I love your ghost and your hub explains how to make it extremely well.

working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)