By Noreen Doll.
Haunted Money Hugs is a fun way for Grandparents to give their grandkids a little holiday cash.
If you live far away from your grandkids, Haunted Money Hugs will fit easily in a card size envelope, along with a Halloween card.
Or use it for a gift for a teacher, Mom, friend, or secret pal.
Kids would love receiving a dollar bill this way as a Halloween party favor.
What a great, fun way to recycle your milk jugs!
Cereal Box Cardboard
Paper for Pattern
How to Make Haunted Money Hugs.
Fold the dollar bill first so you can check it against the ghost for size and placement of arms and eyes.
1. Cut out 1 side of a clean milk jug.
Trace around the milk jug side on a piece of paper so you will have an idea of how to fit the ghost on the pattern.
My ghost is about 5 inches high, and 3 1/2 inches wide across the bottom.
2. Ghosts can be made into interesting shapes, and all you need to remember is to leave a place on the lower 2/3 of the ghost large enough to hold a folded dollar bill.
Draw your ghost pattern on the paper. Cut it out.
3. To make a sturdy pattern, trace the paper pattern onto cardboard.
Trace the cardboard pattern onto the milk jug side with a Sharpie.
Don’t worry about making mistakes with the Sharpie. It is easily removed with alcohol on a paper towel.
Cut out the ghost. You can just use regular craft scissors to cut the plastic.
4. Draw 2 curved lines about 1/2 an inch apart, on the ghost where his arms will be.
5. Use a craft knife or utility knife to cut the slits for the arms. (Adults only for this part as the craft knife is very sharp.)
The slits need to be just slightly longer than the width of the dollar bill.
Be careful to leave about 1/2 inch between the ends of the lines and the ghost’s sides uncut.
Draw a curved line for the ghost’s hand about midway along its arm.
6. Place the folded dollar bill how you want it in the slits. I like to have George’s eyes peeking out over the top of the ghost’s arms.
Draw 2 ghostly eyes with the Sharpie above it.
Be sure an adult supervises kids when cutting is done.
You could also use white craft foam or card stock to make the ghost.