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Outdoor Halloween Decoration: Hanging Ghosts

Haunt your front yard with these easy-to-craft floating fabric ghosts. Hang them from a tree or light post to give Halloween guests a fright.

Kim Stoegbauer, The TomKat Studio

Materials Needed:

  • white paper lantern (without lighting kit)
  • white fabric
  • black felt or foam sheet
  • scissors
  • fabric glue or hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • shepherd's hooks for hanging (optional)
  • string or twine

Assemble Lantern and Drape Fabric

Gather supplies; be sure to get enough white fabric to cover the size lantern you're using so it drapes nicely (Image 1). Assemble paper lantern, then drape fabric over it. Cut a slit in the top of the fabric to allow the lantern's metal hanging hook to pop through. Tie a piece of string or twine to the hook for hanging ghost. Trim fabric as needed along the bottom to create ghost shape.

Add Felt Face

Cut three oval shapes from a piece of black felt or foam to use as the eyes and mouth (Image 1). Attach them with hot glue or fabric glue then hang your ghost from a low tree limb, light post or shepherd's hook (Image 2).

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