Quick & Easy Ghosts

These cute ghosts are very quick and easy to make. In fact, my four-year-old helped me make some of them. We hung ours from the trees in our front yard, but you can hang them anywhere or even insert a stick into the bottom and stick them into whatever and have them “standing.”

Hanging Ghost

~ Sorry, I don’t have step-by-step pictures of this. I made these a few days ago and only took “after” pictures.

What you will need:

  • Styrofoam ball of desired size and number (one ball per ghost)
  • Cheesecloth
  • Black permanent marker or fabric paint
  • Needle and thread

What to do:

  1. You will need to cut the cheesecloth into sections. You want each to be long enough to extend well past both sides of the ball and leave room for tying (the ball will be in the middle of the section).
  2. Unfold each section until it is folded only once (leaving a double layer). Cut in half length-wise so that you have 2 double layer strips.
  3. Place the ball in the center of one strip. Tie the long ends in one simple knot. Turn the cloth and ball 1/4 turn and repeat with the other strip.
  4. Using the marker or paint, create a face for your ghost.
  5. Using the needle and thread through the very top of the ghost, create a hanging loop. Tie it off and cut the loose ends of thread. It’s ready to hang!

Tips & Variations:

  • For the bigger ghosts, I spray painted the balls with glow in the dark spray paint.
  • I like to use Sharpie markers so that it bleeds a little on the cheesecloth, leaving feathered edges on the eyes and mouth. I think this looks a little more spooky than the clean edges left by paint.
  • Instead of creating a hanging loop on top, insert a small dowel or similar object into the bottom before tying the knots (tie the knots around the dowel). You will be able to stick the ghost into a planter, vase, or otherwise enable it to “stand” rather than hang.
  • I used wire clothes hangers and bent them to hang the ghosts in our trees.
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