Ghoulish Stick Figures

February 12th, 2013 posted by Amanda Formaro


If you are looking for last minute Halloween crafts, you’ve come to the right place! These adorable little monsters have personality of their own. Made from simple items such as ice cream sticks and tempura paint, they’re sure to be a hit with your kids.


ice cream stick with wide ends

black tempura paint

gold glitter glue

2″ piece of thin red ribbon


tacky or hot glue

4 wiggle eyes 

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we’d love to see it! Just send your photos and comments to the editor and it may get published on our Facebook fan page ! Paint ice cream stick black and let dry. Cut 2″ piece of ribbon into two 1″ pieces. At one end of each piece, cut a tiny triangle out to form a forked tongue. Glue the ribbons to underside of each end of the ice cream stick, be sure that the forked end is sticking out. Using gold glitter glue, carefully apply 3-4 striped down snake’s body. Glue a pair of wiggle eyes onto each end of the ice cream stick.

centipede and two headed snake

CENTIPEDE ice cream stick orange tempura paint 6 12″-long orange chenille sticks red glitter glue 2 wiggle eyes tacky glue Paint ice cream stick and allow to dry. Wrap chenille sticks around body to form legs; bend legs into position. Glue on two wiggle eyes onto head. Fill in gaps on top of ice cream stick between legs with red glitter glue.


ice cream stick

green tempura paint

6 or 7 brown chenille sticks in different lengths

2 12″-long brown chenille sticks

black marker

1 white Kleenex tissue

ghost tree

Paint ice cream stick green and allow to dry. Wrap 2 of the chenille stick around the bottom of the ice cream stick to create roots or feet for the tree to stand on. With remaining chenille sticks, create branches by wrapping around ice cream stick and then bending in different directions. Fold Kleenex at the seam. Holding seam in your fingers, cut along the seam, about 2 inches down from seam. You should end up with a piece as long as the original Kleenex, but only about 2 inches high that can be unfolded into a 4 inch strip. From this strip, cut into sections about 1 inch long each. From these small pieces, create tiny ghosts by twisting into a ghost shape. Using the chenille branches, carefully wrap the end of the branch around the ghost necks until there is a ghost on each branch. Move branches around so there are some in the front, back and on the sides to make your tree more dimensional. With black marker, carefully dot on eyes and a mouth for each ghost, draw an oval on the tree truck for the hollow effect, and draw a few lines up and down the trunk for bark.

red melvin

close up

HANDY HERMAN ice cream stick red tempura paint 2 wiggle eyes black marker 5″ piece of red & white polka dot ribbon 6 12″-long red chenille sticks Kleenex tissue scissors tacky or hot glue Paint ice cream stick red and allow to dry. Wrap chenille sticks around center and lower portion of ice cream stick. Bend sticks to create 4 arms and 4 legs. Fashion a small bow out of red & white polka dot ribbon. Trim ends to make bow about 1-1 1/2″ in length. Glue onto ice cream stick where neck should be. Glue wiggle eyes onto head. Cut a small square (about 1 1/2″-2″) out of Kleenex tissue. Fringe one side of the Kleenex by carefully cutting small slits with scissors. Bunch opposite end of the Kleenex together and glue to the back of the head. Using black marker, draw on mouth and nose.


(pictured at the top) ice cream stick white tempura paint black marker one Kleenex tissue 1 white chenille stick Paint ice cream stick white and allow to dry. With black marker, draw on eyes and mouth. Poke ice cream stick through bottom third of Kleenex. Using white chenille stick, wrap short end of Kleenex (back of ghost) around the ice cream stick to secure it in place. Fringe the front of the Kleenex tissue by carefully cutting slits up from the bottom. Note: For spider craft in picture at the top, click here

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Amanda Formaro (345 Posts)

Amanda Formaro is a freelance writer, editor, craft designer, and recipe developer. She loves multi-tasking and has been writing and working on the Internet since 1997. You can find her at You’ll find her craft projects at and her recipes on

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