Sunday, October 2, 2011
HALLOWEEN MUMMY TUTORIAL
Mummies at the Library! That's right. In honor of Halloween I wanted to bring some fun decorating into the library. I had to tie in books with the decorations so I decided on the theme "Wrap up with a good book". Our library usually doesn't decorate for Halloween but I thought I'd give it a go, hopefully we won't get any complaints.
This was my inspiration...........I think it is out of this month's Country Living magazine.
A co-worker brought it to me and said "Isn't this cool?" I thought, I can make that!
I used mostly things that I had on hand. We did have on hand wood poles and bases that had been used in a previous display. I found these cool styrofoam skulls at Wal-mart. I had some large sheets of (purple) foam and cut them in the shape of a body using a matte knife, but you could even use a large sheet of cardboard or thin plywood.
To add some dimension to the bodies I taped plastic Kroger bags and newspaper to form arms, legs and abdomen areas.
I had some butcher paper that I cut into 3 to 4 inch strips and wrapped around the body forms. You could use crepe paper or old sheets. I couldn't find my hot glue gun so I used plenty of clear packing tape.
I then covered the entire area with cheesecloth soaked in starch. I made sure to leave room to add a book later under the hands. I let it dry for the afternoon on the deck.
When it was dry I added some spider webbing, a few spiders and a book. Presto - a mummy!
The mummies' new home - Woodstock Public Library for the month of October. They've got a good book to read and look happy, don't they?