It’s almost that time of year again, SPOOKY SEASON! While I am partial to Christmas, Halloween and this time from early September to October 31st is a close second favorite season of mine. Today I’m showing y’all how to make ghost decorations from all dollar tree supplies.
This is such an easy and cheap way to make some halloween decorations to go around your house. The best part is I found everything I needed at Dollar Tree and it cost me about $5 total. Let’s get into it.
Supplies Needed For Making Hanging Ghosts
Here are the things you will need from Dollar Tree when learning how to make ghosts:
- Yard Stake (I got this for the chain, string, twine or string lights would work)
- Ornaments (and the string they came with or any string will work)
- White Tissue Paper
- Black Sharpie (I didn’t get mine at dollar tree, but you can definitely get a black pen from there)
AND THAT’S IT! Are you ready for a SUPER EASY TUTORIAL?
How To Make A Ghost Garland
Here are the steps I took to make a diy ghost garland decoration with items from my local Dollar Tree. If you can’t find these items, I have listed alternatives in the supply list above.
Step 1-Remove The Chain From The Lawn Post
First step in how to make a ghost garland is to remove the chain from the lawn post. That’s it, first step done. Super hard and time consuming I know, but hey, you got through it.
You can do whatever you want with the actual post. My kids are imaginative, super creative, and also super savage. This meant they decided to call them swords and spears and fight with them.
Yes I had to break up many fights before the evening was through.
Step 2-Fold And Cut The Tissue Paper
Take the tissue paper, fold it in half and in half again as shown above. If you haven’t already guessed, this is going to be your ghost’s body. You can make it larger or smaller, but I found folding the tissue paper in fourths was a good size for me.
Once the tissue paper is folded to your liking, take the scissors and cut a small hole in the middle of the tissue paper.
Step 3-Make The Ghost Garland
Next, take out the ornaments. I was originally going to cut a hole in the ornaments and then add a tea light, but that looked really horrible. If you want a lit garland, I would do this to string lights.
Remove the gold hanging part from the top, this is where we are going to secure the tissue paper. You can also use the mod podge if you like.
Place folded tissue paper on the top of the ornament. Add the gold top hanger thingy back on top to secure the tissue paper onto the ornament, making the ghost body.
I then scrunched the tissue paper to the ornament on the underside, opposite to the gold hanger thingy. This shapes the ghost body and makes it spooky.
Step 4-Draw The Ghost’s Face
Now it’s time to give our ghosties a face! Have fun with it, make them spooky, silly, classic, whatever you like! I went with the classic boo face and hand drew the eyes and mouth on the front of the ghost with a sharpie marker.
Voila! How Cute is our little ghosty friend?? After finishing the first one, I made 4 more ghost decorations to add to my ghost garland.
Step 5-Add The Ghosts To The Chain And Admire!
Here are our Homemade Ghost Friends! How stinking cute did they turn out! AND SUPER EASY!
Then, as I was styling this, I got too excited and had to style the mantle for Halloween as well!
And light some candles! Adds to the spooky vibe!
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Other Halloween Craft Ideas!
I got together with a couple of my creative friends and we decided to do a mini round up of some of our favorite Halloween Inspired craft projects!
My friend Molly at The Good Golly Gal made this gorgeous and super intricate Sugar Skull that she named Sally. Go say HI to Molly and Sally!
Mandi from Making It With Mandi went thrifting (a girl after my own heart) and upcycled this home decor into a cute Halloween Decoration!
Final Thoughts On How To Make Ghosts
My final thoughts on making diy ghost decorations for Halloween are that these are too cute not to make! It’s so easy and literally everything came from dollar tree so it is super cheap also. But, you don’t have to use the materials I did to achieve the same kind of vibe.
I have seen so many different tutorials on how to make ghosts with cheesecloth, yarn, paper, regular cloth, and a milk jug? I plan to make big ones for my front porch out of tomato cages. I’ll make those light up though, don’t worry.
So tell me…would you try something like this??