Learn how to make a glowing Halloween ghost that looks so spooky. Holiday decorations always add a festive atmosphere, especially when they light up or glow.
This video is long, but you can set the speed higher in the settings if you are short on time and pause when needed. This is really a good tutorial just lengthly.
I’m not in to blood-and-guts Halloween decorations. Give me a cackling ugly witch or a glowing spooky ghost instead. 🙂
100 clear light set with white cord
glue gun with glue sticks
about 24″ – 30″ tall tomato cage
about 6″ diameter styrofoam ball
black felt or strong material for eyes and mouth
old white or cream table cloth or sheet about 6 feet diameter
wire bread ties or thin wire cut in 2″ pieces
Step by Step Instructions
Step 1: Set the tomato cage upside down with the pointy part sticking up.
Step 2: Wrap the string of clear lights around the cage starting with the plug at the bottom and ending at the top of the cage. While wrapping turn the lights toward the inside of the cage.
This is like stringing lights on a Christmas tree. You want to use all the lights and you want to cover the whole length. Tie it with bread ties or wire where you think it could start slipping.
Step 3: Stick the styrofoam ball on the 3 points and push down. Make sure the ball is securely on and won’t blow off.
Step 4: Drape the sheet or table cloth over the styrofoam ball evenly. It should touch or pool a little on the ground. With the glue gun ready, gather up one area of the sheet and glue the sheet to several places on the ball. This will keep a little wind from blowing it off.
Step 5: Free draw eyes and mouth for your ghost. You can create it’s expression any way you want or do like she did in the video. She made patterns out of cardboard and then cut them out of black felt. Any strong material would do. She cut kidney bean shapes about 2 – 3″ long and punched a hole for the eyes so the light will show through. For the mouth she cut an oval about 4″ long.
Step 6: With the glue gun ready again, glue the eyes and mouth on the sheet. Glue eyes on at different levels. It really looks cool that way. Glue the mouth on with the longer length going up and down.
You’re done! Plug it in. You’ll probably need to use an extension cord to reach an outlet.
Now that you see how easy this was, you can make a larger one. Looking on the internet, I saw tomato cages over 4 feet high. Just make sure you increase the size of the sheet or table cloth and amount of string lights. As you can see, this is a project that will last for years.