Last night we had a successful Halloween Party after we transformed my sister’s home into a Haunted House! The main key was not only creativity, but lighting was crucial for optimal spookiness!
Between the black lights, strobes, and colored bulbs, you can’t go wrong. We sectioned off areas for one colored bulb to shine, and set the strobes on main attractions. Don’t forget your ghosts and ghouls, cover everything with spiderwebs, and voila Haunted House success.
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.
Here’s our DIY Version, and it is all about trial and error (and your chicken wire pinching skills!)
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).
Create one large circle and turn upright.
With wire cutters, cut about a 4″ piece of the long extra wire.
Cut several pieces of this 4″ wire, and begin to tie the large tube of chicken wire together.
Begin to create “pleats” at the top of the upright cylinder, while interweaving the long wire at the top.
You will begin to create the skirt of the dress, and you will cinch the pleats together with the string.
Cinch the waist as tight as possible, and bend in the pleats to make a circular waist.
Twist the excess wire to hold the waist in place, and cut the remainder with wire cutters.
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.
With one roll of screen mesh, create another cylinder at the top of the skirt.
Cut off the excess, and fold your piece of screen mesh in half.
With the excess wire, lace up the back to create a freestanding cylinder.
Pick up your skirt and place over the screen mesh cylinder.
Reach through the hole and pull up the screen mesh to create the bodice.
Move the bodice around, and pull up high enough to create the torso with the least amount of pleats possible.
You can secure the bodice with extra pieces of wire, or fishing line.
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.
Add a flower, but before you add the material, spray paint the entire dress white with a can of white spray paint.
Let the paint dry, and spray the dress with a can of Glow in the Dark spray paint (found at Michael’s).
Lightly spray the skirt with the Glow in the Dark Spray paint as well.
Let dry, add the skirt, and poof! your ghost bride is ready to haunt your lawn!!!