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Halloween Decorations


Junior and His Mummy

Wind some thrills and chills around these fun Halloween decorations featuring Junior and his Mummy. They're sure to provide a RIP-roaring time for the whole family.

Use clothespins and cheesecloth to create these funny Junior and his Mummy Halloween decorations.
Mummy! Mummy! Is it time for the party yet?

What You'll Need

  • Small and large clothespin dolls
  • Tacky glue
  • Muslin: two 4x3-inch pieces and two 31/4x21/2-inch pieces (optional)
  • Ruler
  • Sewing machine and white thread (optional)
  • Polyester fiberfill (optional)
  • Low-temp glue gun (optional)
  • Glue sticks (optional)
  • White acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • 3 yards cheesecloth
  • Scissors
  • 2 comical plastic eyes, 12.5mm each
  • 1 yard black satin ribbon, 1/16-inch wide
  • Miniature fall leaves
  • Miniature pumpkin
  • Miniature pumpkin treat bag
  • Flocked bat

Instructions

  1. Assemble clothespin dolls. For fabric arms, fold 31/4x21/2-inch muslin pieces to measure 31/4x11/4 inches. Sew along short end and length with 1/4-inch seam allowance. Turn arms and stuff firmly with fiberfill, leaving 1/4 inch at opening. Working with one arm at a time, apply low-temp glue to shoulder of doll. Press raw edges of arm into wood. Arm should be secure and stand straight out from side of body. Repeat for all arms. Let glue set.

    Use a glue gun to attach fabric arms to the clothespins as you create Junior and his Mummy Halloween decorations.
    Mummy and Junior must have arms.

  2. Paint entire doll with white paint. Apply second coat of white if needed. Let dry.
  3. Cut cheesecloth into 1-inch-wide strips. Starting with large mummy, apply a line of tacky glue along bottom edge of body. Place a strip of cheesecloth on top of glue. Press cloth into wood. Trim excess cloth from bottom. Starting at back of body, place a small amount of glue on one leg. Attach one end of strip to glue and wrap around leg, ending at top of leg. Secure end of strip with glue. Repeat for other leg. Continue wrapping strips of cheesecloth around body and arms. Start and end at back, slightly overlapping strips. At head, apply crossing lines of glue. Place strips across head. While wrapping, allow some pieces to hang about 2 to 4 inches from mummy at body, arm, and head. Twist cloth gently. Repeat to wrap Junior.

    With their bodies formed, use glue and strips of cheesecloth to transform Junior and his Mummy into mummy Halloween decorations.
    Nothing says love like a snug cheesecloth wrapping,
    so wind those mummies tight.

  4. Remove shanks from eyes. Glue eyes to mummies. Make a simple bow with black ribbon and glue to large mummy. Glue leaves and pumpkin to large mummy hand. Glue pumpkin treat bag to Junior's arm. Glue flocked bat to Junior's body at front.

    Use pliers to remove shanks from plastic eyes before putting them on the Junior and his Mummy Halloween decorations.
    Work carefully as you remove the shanks from the eyes.
    You want your mummies to have good vision.

Sure, Halloween can be scary, but it's also full of friendly characters like these mummies. On the next page you'll meet -- and learn to make -- another friendly face: Henrietta Witch.

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