Boo! Halloween is here! Follow my instructions on How To
Make Ghosts, then you can have a haunted house inside, or
outside just in time for All Hollows Eve. I have been creating
these ghosts to haunt my property for over 15 years. They have
made their way into my son’s classroom, we have brought them to
parties where they were given away as favors. Once, one blew
away on a windy day and my neighbor kept it to decorate his antenna
on his car.
You can hang them, or use wooden plant stakes; slipping the ghost
over the stake so it can be free standing. I have used fishing line to
hang the ghosts suspended from tree to tree, so they fly free and look
really spooky especially at night!
Take a look at the photos I have posted along with these directions to
get a good idea of how to assemble the ghosts.
To make these spooky friends you will need:
1. Glad Quick Tie Garbage Bags // for smaller ghosts use a lesser gallon
size bag. These bags have four flaps that make a great bottom to the
project, producing a handkerchief effect that floats in the breeze.
2. A black Sharpie marker
3. News paper
4. white pipe cleaners
5. Glue gun
Steps on how to assemble ghost
1. Open up bag, lay on flat surface. Find a corner and draw
a face. Eyebrows are the seismograph of emotion on a face; to
really create ghosts that have expression, change the eyebrows
and mouth to give each a personality of their own.
2. Ball up a wad of newspaper, try to keep the last layer of
paper one that has more writing than advertising, so that it will
have an all over lighter shade.
3. Place the balled up wad of paper into a plain bag, one without
a face. Tucking it into one corner of the bag.
4. Next, you take the bag with the balled up newspaper inside and
place underneath the bag with the face on it…so that now you have
5. Cut a pipe cleaner into 3rds, use one piece to tie directly under
the ghost’s head. Making sure it is tight and secure…now you have
6. Cut a pipe cleaner in half. Use this pipe cleaner to poke into
the back of the ghosts head near the top. (the pipe cleaner has metal
in it, it will poke through the bag with a little bit of manipulation.)
Leave at least an inch of plastic so the bag will not tear after the ghost
is hung. You will now have a twist tie to hang your ghost anywhere!
7. With the glue gun, spot glue over the holes where the pipe cleaner
poked through to make the ghost rain proof.
8. Hang your ghost!
One Halloween I made ghosts and tied them together so it looked like
they were holding hands, then I hung them on my fir tree (see photo)
Then there was the year that I had the ghosts staked, so that they stood
up from the ground, I had them holding hands the whole length of my
garden. This is a very inexpensive way to decorate for Halloween and…
come November 1st the final resting place for the ghosts will be the trash
can. A quick burial, and nothing for you to pack away in a bin! Have a safe,
and happy Halloween!