This post is sponsored by Plaid Enterprises.
BOO! These bean art ghosts are all ready for Halloween. And they’ve got a pretty cool trick … they can glow in the dark! We love crafting with beans and this project is a great one for kids of all ages because of how simple the technique is. Some of our more detailed bean mosaics can be a little tricky for younger kids, but these glow-in-the-dark ghosts are a breeze to put together.
We used white cannellini beans as the base of the ghost and then applied our extra special Mod Podge to make them glow-in-the-dark! These little ghost friends are the perfect way to decorate your home for Halloween – just prop them up on a shelf, or attach a little loop of string on the back to hang them on the wall. Or why not spread some Halloween cheer and write a spooky message on the back? Leave the ghost in a friend’s mailbox and they’ll be in for a fun surprise! Keep keeping for all our tips and tricks below.
what you need:
- Mod Podge Glow-in-the-Dark or FolkArt Glow-in-the-Dark Acrylic Colors (neutral)
- Mod Podge Brush
- FolkArt Acrylic Craft Paint (white and black)
- Craft knife and/or scissors
- Dried beans (white)
Draw a ghost shape onto a piece of corrugated cardboard and cut out using sharp scissors or a craft knife. Cut out as many ghosts as you like! Paint them white all over, let dry, and then paint on eyes and a mouth in black paint. Let dry.
Apply glue or regular Mod Podge onto the eyes and mouth and apply beans onto them. You don’t want to use Glow-in-the-Dark Mod Podge for this step, since we don’t want the eyes or mouth to glow. Once the beans are securely in place, give them a coat of black paint as well.
Time to apply white beans all over the rest of the ghost! Working in sections, apply Glow-in-the-Dark Mod Podge and then place the beans on top.
Repeat this process until the entire ghosts are covered! Let dry completely.
Once the beans are dried in place, apply Glow-in-the-Dark Mod Podge over the white beans. We did two coats (let the first coat dry before applying the second) for a super glowy look! Once dry, use black paint to cover any Mod Podge that may have gotten onto the eyes and mouth.