DIY Chicken Wire Ghost

We have all seen this infamous Chicken Wire Ghost on Pinterest, but we did not find an easy DIY tutorial.  Seems like these Chicken Wire masters are keeping their secret safe in the coop.  We created a little spin off on the Chicken Wire Dress, and made a Chicken Wire & Mesh Ghost Bride.
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Here’s our DIY Version, and it is all about trial and error (and your chicken wire pinching skills!)

  1. With one roll of Chicken Wire, unravel and unroll completely and decide on one end to be the bottom (keep the long wire that held the roll together and keep nearby).
  2. Create one large circle and turn upright.
  3. With wire cutters, cut about a 4″ piece of the long extra wire.
  4. Cut several pieces of this 4″ wire, and begin to tie the large tube of chicken wire together.
  5. Begin to create “pleats” at the top of the upright cylinder, while interweaving the long wire at the top.
  6. You will begin to create the skirt of the dress, and you will cinch the pleats together with the string.
  7. Cinch the waist as tight as possible, and bend in the pleats to make a circular waist.
  8. Twist the excess wire to hold the waist in place, and cut the remainder with wire cutters.
  9. You will then begin to mold the chicken wire, pushing and pulling at the skirt to create a circle and pleats, while pinching pleats down the skirt.
  10. With one roll of screen mesh, create another cylinder at the top of the skirt.
  11. Cut off the excess, and fold your piece of screen mesh in half.
  12. With the excess wire, lace up the back to create a freestanding cylinder.
  13. Pick up your skirt and place over the screen mesh cylinder.
  14. Reach through the hole and pull up the screen mesh to create the bodice.
  15. Move the bodice around, and pull up high enough to create the torso with the least amount of pleats possible.
  16. You can secure the bodice with extra pieces of wire, or fishing line.
  17. We added a flower to her waist, and found a left over scrap white material to add to the train of the skirt, and tied at waist.
  18. Add a flower, but before you add the material, spray paint the entire dress white with a can of white spray paint.
  19. Let the paint dry, and spray the dress with a can of Glow in the Dark spray paint (found at Michael’s).
  20. Lightly spray the skirt with the Glow in the Dark Spray paint as well.
  21. Let dry, add the skirt, and poof! your ghost bride is ready to haunt your lawn!!!
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Guilty Pleasure Sunday: Herbed Feta Buttermilk Biscuits

Oh Pinterest, how I cannot forsake your delicious recipe finds.  These Herbed Feta Buttermilk Biscuits may not be diet worthy, but they are oh so delish, and perfect for the upcoming Holidays!

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INGREDIENTS

2 cups (10 ounces) all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon herbes de Provence
1-1/2 sticks (6 ounces) cold unsalted butter, diced
1/2 cup cold buttermilk, shaken
1 cold extra-large egg
7 ounces feta, crumbled
1 egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon water

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 425ºF, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and herbes de Provence in a large mixing bowl. Add the cubed butter, and cut in with a pastry blender until it resembles coarse cornmeal, and there are no pieces of butter larger than a pea.
  3. Whisk together the buttermilk and egg in a small bowl, and pour over the butter-flour mixture. Gently fold in until just absorbed; fold in the feta until it resembles a shaggy dough.
  4. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead 6-8 times, or just until cohesive. Pat out into a rough rectangle, about 1/2-inch thick. Cut into 8 equal rectangles for large biscuits, or 16 triangles for smaller ones.
  5. Brush with egg wash (the water-egg mixture), and bake for 17-20 minutes, or until the tops are lightly golden.
  6. Allow to cool slightly on a cooling rack.

Makes 8 large or 16 medium biscuits.

Notes:

  • Melted butter will likely pool around the biscuits when baking. Be sure to remove the biscuits to a wire cooling rack immediately after taking them out of the oven, so that they don’t absorb it and get soggy.
  • For the freshest biscuits, only bake off those that you’ll eat within 24 hours; the rest can be frozen raw (stop just before adding the egg wash) and baked off from frozen at a later time. Simply cook for 2-3 minutes longer.

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