Soon it will be haunted again and scary figures wander through streets and gardens. Halloween is just around the corner and you are probably wondering how to decorate your home and garden to give your creepy party even more spice. As always, there is no limit to creativity, of course, and you can let off steam with decorations and costumes at the horror festival. Today we show you how easy and cheap you can make Halloween ghosts and create an extra scary effect.
Tinkering ghosts is a lot of fun for adults and children
Make ghosts with gauze cloths
One of the most effective and simple crafting techniques for creepy or cute DIY ghosts is with gauze towels or bandages. Alternatively, you can also use other fabrics such as lace, net remnants, cheesecloths and even fabric remnants, kitchen paper and towels. As if by magic, with the help of only a few materials, incredibly original ghosts are created, which give every Halloween party or table decoration that certain something and become instant eye-catchers.
With the right light, the whole thing looks even more mysterious
For such DIY ghosts you need:
- Gauze bandages or cloths or compresses (depending on the desired ghost size)
- Wallpaper paste or spray adhesive
- Styrofoam balls (optional)
- Wire and wire cutters
- pet bottle
- duct tape
- Construction paper, pen or moving eyes
- Nylon ribbon or cord (for floating ghosts)
Extra tip: Alternatively, you can also use stiff fabric, starch, cornstarch, water and flour in a 4: 1 ratio and even gypsum.
And this is how it is done:
Use scissors to cut the bottom of the bottle evenly.
Use pliers to bend the wire as shown in the picture below. If desired, you can leave the two ends longer and populate them with styrofoam balls.
Inflate the balloon, close it with a knot and fix it to the bottle neck with adhesive tape.
Lay layers of gauze cloth on top of the ghost construction. Spray each one with spray adhesive or soak them in the wallpaper paste beforehand and wring them out well. Use as many layers of gauze as you want and always make sure that they extend nicely to the work surface and even cover them a bit. This way your ghosts will stand firmly afterwards even without the construction. Allow to dry overnight after the last layer.
Pierce the balloon with a needle and carefully pull out the bottle construction. Draw or glue eyes and mouth if desired on the face of your ghost and hang or place it where you want it.
If desired, you can keep styrofoam balls and wire during construction
A cute ghost family is created so easily and quickly
Make piñata ghosts
Not only Halloween ghosts are very popular with children, but also the so-called piñatas. These come from Central America and are colorful figures filled with fruits and sweets. Made of cardboard, crepe paper or paper mache, piñatas are beaten empty at children's parties with hands or sticks and the delicacies that fall out of them are eagerly collected. For the Halloween Children's Festival, it is therefore perfectly fitting to make ghosts in piñata form and fill them with candies and candy bars.
Here we show you a possible variant with balloons. You can also use a cardboard box or even a paper lantern for this.
For the piñata ghosts you need:
- Corn starch or Mod Podge napkin glue
- Newspaper strips
- a bowl
- white acrylic paint
- black clay or felt paper for the mouth and eyes
- paper glue
- Thread or cord to hang
The piñatas are great as Halloween decorations and a tasty surprise at the same time
Here's how it's done:
Inflate the balloon and tie it to a knot. Dissolve the cornstarch in water or take the napkin glue in hand. Start coating each strip of newsprint one after the other and sticking it to the balloon, similar to the one decoupage, Let it dry out and then stain it in white. Cut the balloon neck with the scissors and carefully remove the remnants of the balloon.
Fill the inside with the treats you want. It's best to choose those that are light. Then stick a piece of paper with the tape on the opening. Decorate the lower part of the Piñata ghost with three layers of tissue paper as shown in the picture below. Cut out your mouth and eyes from the clay or felt paper and stick them on the ghost face. You can then use the cord to hang the ghosts anywhere in the house or garden. Finished!
Step by step instructions in pictures
Make last minute fairy lights
It couldn't be easier and faster to make a string of lights for Halloween. You only need a few materials for this, namely:
- Tennis balls or plastic balls from the craft store
- permanent markers
- LED fairy lights
- sharp scissors or cutter
- Tulle or thin residues
- Yarn or thin threads
Funny ghosts hover over the festive table
Here's how you do it:
Paint funny or creepy ghost faces on the tennis balls with the permanent marker. Make small crosses on each ball with the cutter or scissors, where you put the LED lights in afterwards. Cut squares (approx. 15 x 15 cm) out of the tulle or the thin fabric and make a tiny hole in the middle with the scissors.
In any case, only use LED light strings, because they do not heat up
Then place each tennis ball on a piece of fabric and tie with the yarn so that a doll shape is created (see below in the picture). The cross cut and fabric hole should be exactly on top of each other. Now put a light in each ball and your magical ghost garland for Halloween is ready.
A long cord helps you to hang the string of lights as you like
These three crafting methods are far from the only ones when it comes to eerie and original Halloween decoration goes. You can create all kinds of creepy characters in different ways. Take a look below at how you can still make ghosts and get inspired. We wish you a horribly great scary party and lots of fun crafting and celebrating!
It continues ghostly!
Magic floating spirits from bed sheets and lanterns
Super simple Halloween fairy lights for your party decoration
A large net ghost welcomes your guests in the garden
Even smaller versions are effective enough
There is a very simple structure behind these scary friends
And so you make smart Lollipop ghosts
Eerie ideas with white balloons
And a lot of ideas on how big and small can make ghosts