DIY Ghosts ... Three Ways

Since having kids, I really enjoy going all out on the holidays. From decorating to cooking, I try to get into the spirit. Not only is it fun for the little ones, but it’s also fun for me. Normally I would go out and buy decorations but this year I decided to challenge myself to bring out my crafty side. I know—what did I get myself into? To my surprise, it was actually easy…and fun. You just have to get a little creative!

To get my inspiration, I went to my three-year-old for advice. We decided to make little friendly ghosts! Like Casper but if I can be honest … even cuter. Here are 3 different DIY projects to get you in the spooky spirit:


Ghost #1: Fabric Ghost Yard Decorations:


  • 8 and 10-inch paper lanterns, one per ghost
  • 60 inch white fabric, 1.5 yard per ghost
  • Several sheets of black felt
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • White cord
  • Scissors


  • Assemble the paper lanterns
  • Tie generous amount of cord to each
  • Cut in black felt 3 ovals. 2 eyes and 1 mouth per ghost
  • Cut white fabric, easiest done while folded into 1.5 yard pieces
  • Fold each piece of white fabric in half and trim lower edge to create a curve upward from corner to edge
  • At top folded corner, cut a small piece off to create an opening at top fold so when you unfold there is an opening
  • Drape over paper lantern and feed cord through opening at fold
  • Position and hot glue eyes and mouth and you are done!

Ghost #2: Paper Ghost Garlands:


  • Several sheets of plain white letter sized paper
  • Pattern
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Black sharpie


  • Fold each sheet in half the long direction (hot dog) and then in half again
  • Trace each of the ghost patterns onto folded paper
  • Cut out pattern leaving the folded edges in tact
  • Repeat to create desired length of garland
  • With sharpie, add faces (kids can help with that!)
  • Tape each segment together and hang

Ghost #3: Window & Front Porch Ghosts:


  • White ¼ inch foam board (available at any art/craft supply store)
  • Big sheet of paper size of foam board (optional)
  • Exacto knife
  • 300 grit sand paper, small sheet
  • Pencil
  • Sharpie or black acrylic paint


  • On large sheet of paper, have child draw a basic ghost shape. You can demonstrate or look at pictures first.
  • Cut out and trace onto white foam board (alternatively, just draw directly on the foam board)
  • Using exacto knife, carefully cut out the shape
  • With sand paper, clean up the edges
  • With sharpie, draw face and fill in with sharpie or acrylic paint (I used paint!)
  • Attach to window looking outward
  • To make free standing, cut triangle shaped piece and hot glue to back to provide support


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