Paper Clay Ghost Trio

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Conjure spooky fun with a trio of Halloween visitors perfect for a table centerpiece. Wrap foam cones in air-dry clay; add faces with paint or marker.

Completion time – 2 hours

Designer – Kathleen George


  • Balls, 1-1/2", three
  • Cones: two 9"; one 6"
Other Materials
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Clear acrylic spray sealer
  • Lightweight, air-dry paper clay, 3.17 oz. packages


  • Serrated knife
  • Candle stub or paraffin
  • Fine-line black permanent marker (optional)
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Liner paintbrush
  • Disposable palette
  • Water basin
  • Paper towels
  • Smooth rolling pin
  • Sharp scissors
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Soft cloth
  • Craft knife with new blade
  • Large self-sealing plastic bag
  • Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Thick, white craft glue


  • 1. Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin. Cut thin
    slice from one side of each foam ball; cut tip from each foam
    cone to create flat "neck" area. Use glue gun to glue balls to
    cones. If desired, cut 3/4"-thick slice from bottom of one 9"
    cone to create variety of sizes.
  • 2. With very clean hands, combine two packages of air-dry clay
    together until smooth and pliable. Roll clay very thin using rolling pin;
    roll out from center and rotate often similar to making pie crust.
  • 3. Enlarge and cut out patterns
  • 4. Place 9" body pattern on clay and cut out using sharp craft
    knife. Place remaining clay in plastic bag to prevent drying.
  • 5. Wrap clay around large foam ghost, overlapping slightly at
    back as indicated on pattern. Gently shape clay into easy
    folds around bottom and rounded tip at top of head. Clay will
    shrink slightly as it dries, so leave clay loose around body
    and at bottom. Tilt tip of head slightly to give ghost
    character; refer to photo as guide. Gently lift ghost and use
    sharp scissors to trim excess clay from bottom edge. Smooth
    back seam with fingers.
  • 6. Repeat Steps 4 and 5 for second large ghost and small ghost,
    using appropriate body patterns and remaining packages of clay as needed.
  • 7. Cut six arms from clay. Attach arms to sides of bodies with
    a dot of water; smooth tops with fingertips. Refer to photo to
    position arms. When pleased with arrangement, roll small bits of plastic
    wrap into rolls to supports arms as they dry. Let dry completely.
  • 8. Gently sand surface of ghosts; remove dust with soft cloth.
    Refer to patterns to paint or draw faces on each ghost.
    Let dry completely.
  • 9. Spray ghosts with clear sealer to protect surface; let dry.