Don't you just love scary movies? No....I'm not talking about those Freddy or Jason movies- I definitely can't watch those, nor do I want too :( But, the classics....like the old black and white The Mummy or b&w The Wolf Man? My personal favorite: The Ghost and Mr. Chicken! If you have never seen this movie you must watch it. Don Knotts plays the main character: Mr. Chicken, and it is just hilarious. Caution: just like any scary movie some children might be sleeping in your bed for months after watching it-there are some scary elements. My 7yr old will not watch it until she is at least 12 :) To get ready for the fast approaching October, I have designed a line of trinket boxes that are sure to put a smile on your face and a scare in your bones. We will have a total of 5 Classic Creature Features trinket boxes.
The first one up is (big surprise here): The Ghost and Mr. Chicken. I won't spoil it for you but this is my take on the "Ghost".
Paint the box white and the top black. I painted piano/organ keys, musical notes, flashlight, ghost and spider web on the box. The words "Atta boy, Luther!" are also painted on. I distressed the box using an oil base stain (I like the oil base because it doesn't dry fast and I can wipe it off easily, but watered down brown paint works well too). Mod podge a very tiny copy of the movie poster on the back after the distressing has dried. Mod podge the whole box.
Cut the patterns out for the mansion and bats, don't forget the windows. Trace them onto black cardstock (only cut the windows out on the front mansion piece). I also used gray cardstock and a tiny piece of yellow cardstock for the top window. A glue stick works best for this part: glue gray and yellow cardstock pieces onto the mansion windows. Now layer the back mansion piece on. Trim if necessary. For the bats: paint white floral wire black and twirl around pencil. Glue bat onto wire using a small square of black cardstock on the back. Ditto for the small bat.
Organ keys, flashlight, filler dots, notes and the "Atta boy, Luther!". To make the movie poster, cut it out and glue it onto an orange piece of cardstock. "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken" printed on an old book page. If the page is too small to run through the printer, just tape it onto a regular size sheet of copy paper. Print out a tiny copy of the movie poster: just google "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken" for a photo of the poster. I like to save it as a file to my computer, insert it as a picture and then resize it with Microsoft Word. There may be an easier way, I just haven't found it.
Cob webs and poster.
Notice the triangle is holding the mansion upright. Cut a triangle out of cardstock, bend one side and glue that onto the mansion. Now, glue the mansion onto the lid.
Pattern here. The ghost was made using white felt. I stitched the ghost using the buttonhole stitch, you could also use the whip stitch. Small black beads were used for the eyes. You can add a bow or make a bow tie from a piece of felt. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!
Have a wonderful classic monster scary night,