Halloween Countdown Mummy

Who doesn't love a holiday countdown? Ticking off the days just seems to increase the excitement. And as a bonus for any parent, the kids get to keep track without ever having to ask "How much longer?"

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Create Arms

For the arms, cut two pieces of wire approximately 4 inches longer than the cardboard arms. Then wrap the arms with muslin and stuff as you did with the legs. After you've got the hands covered in muslin and stuffed, insert one end of the wire. This will help the arms keep their shape, plus you'll be able to pose them. Finish second arm.

Make the Head

Poke an approximately 7-inch piece of wire about halfway through one end of your Styrofoam ball (the mummy's head) in order to attach it to the picture frame. Leave about 5-6 inches of wire sticking out of the bottom. Wrap your Styrofoam ball with muslin but don't stuff. If some of the muslin is sticking up a bit, just fold it over and add a little hot glue to hold it.

Secure the Frame, Arms and Legs

With the insert of the frame removed, wrap muslin around picture frame. Make sure that you only create a thin layer on the inside of the frame so the insert will fit back in. Put the insert (now spray painted with chalkboard paint) back into the frame. It should be a really tight fit, but if necessary, you can use the frame's tabs to secure the insert in place.

Now assemble your mummy's extremities using hot glue to secure the arms and legs to the frame and insert. Finally, wire the arms together with the head in a T-shape.

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