How to Make a Life-Size Halloween Ghost

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Life-Size Outdoor Ghost Decoration

Life-Size Outdoor Ghost Decoration

Turn craft-store materials into a life-sized (or at least afterlife-sized) ghost that appears to float several feet above the ground. Learn how to make your own.

Materials Needed:

  • 6-8 packages of cheesecloth
  • large foam ball
  • 2 small foam balls
  • paint roller extension pole
  • 2 yardsticks
  • hammer
  • 2 short large-headed nails
  • jug of Sta-Flo liquid starch
  • empty spray bottle
  • sheet of black felt
  • scissors
  • fabric glue
  • large sewing needle
  • spool of fishing line

Create Ghost's Framework

Layer a paint roller extension pole and two yardsticks to create a "skeleton" for your ghost (Image 1). Use a short large-headed nail to attach both yardsticks to the paint roller extension pole, one on top of the other (Image 2).

Secure Extension Pole

Find a non-windy outdoor spot to temporarily drive the paint roller extension pole into the ground to make draping the ghost easier.

Securing Your Life Size Halloween Ghost In The Yard

Securing Your Life Size Halloween Ghost In The Yard

Find a prominent--but still spooky--spot in the yard to place your life-size Halloween ghost.

Attach Ghost's Head

Push a large foam ball onto the top of the paint roller extension pole to create the ghost's head.

Attaching Foam Ball To Pole For Halloween Ghost's Head

Attaching Foam Ball To Pole For Halloween Ghost's Head

A foam ball can attach to a pole to form the head of a DIY Halloween ghost.

Attach Ghost's Hands

Attach a small foam ball to the end of each yardstick to act as the ghost's hands.

Attaching Foam Ball To Yardstick For DIY Halloween Ghost

Attaching Foam Ball To Yardstick For DIY Halloween Ghost

Simply attach foam balls to yardsticks to make hands for a DIY Halloween ghost.

Drape Cheesecloth

Begin draping large sheets of cheesecloth over the ghost framework (Image 1). Continue draping sheets of cheesecloth back and forth over the ghost until you've achieved the desired effect (Image 2).

Spray Starch

Use a spray bottle filled with liquid starch to saturate the ghost's head, hands and arms, leaving the body starch-free so trailing layers of gauze will blow in the breeze. Allow starch to dry (harden) completely before moving on.

Spray Your Halloween Ghost With Liquid Starch

Spray Your Halloween Ghost With Liquid Starch

Using a bottle of liquid spray starch, spray your ghost's head and hands so the gauze will stay put.

Create Eyes and Mouth

Cut two eyes and a mouth out of black felt (Image 1). Use fabric glue to attach felt eyes and mouth to the ghost's head (Image 2).

Remove Small Foam Balls

Gently remove the two small foam balls from under cheesecloth.

Covering Foam Ball With Gauze For Halloween Ghost

Covering Foam Ball With Gauze For Halloween Ghost

A DIY Halloween ghost has foam ball hands covered in spooky gauze.

Attach Fishing Line to Arms

Use a large sewing needle to thread a long length of fishing line through the fabric of each hand. Triple-knot the fishing line so the ghost can move freely in the breeze without the threat of blowing away.

Thread Fishing Line Through Arms Of Halloween Ghost

Thread Fishing Line Through Arms Of Halloween Ghost

Use fishing line to secure the arms of a spooky DIY Halloween ghost to a nearby tree or porch.

Attach Fishing Line to Head

Use a large sewing needle to thread a long length of fishing line through the top of the ghost's head. It's a good idea to drive the needle straight through the foam ball if possible. Triple knot this length of fishing line (Image 1). Finally, tie the ghost to hooks on a porch ceiling or sturdy tree branches in the yard for a spooky Halloween-themed display (Image 2).

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