How to Make Halloween DIY Ghost Lights For Your Front Porch
These Halloween DIY ghost lights are the easiest light-up ghosts to make for Halloween! One of my readers, Cindy, submitted this project after she shared it on Facebook. I asked her to tell me how she made it and she was nice enough to send some tutorial pictures. Thanks, Cindy!!
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Materials Needed to Make DIY Ghost Lights
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- 6″ foam ball
- Tomato cage (tomato cages can be short at 19″ or taller, around 42″)
- Rubber band or something to clasp the ends of the tomato cage together.
- Twisty ties
- String of white lights
- Black felt (or use black duck tape cut into the shape of eyes and a mouth, or even a black permanent marker)
- Spray adhesive
- White sheet or white plastic tablecloth from the Dollar Store (not sure of the size, but it will depend how tall your tomato cages are. Just make sure it cover the entire tomato cage).
Don’t you love that kind of project?! This looks like something you could do in about 30 minutes or less for two!
STEP 1: Turn the tomato cage upside down.
If you’re already into gardening, re-using your tomato cages during the fall is perfect! Just clean then up with some soap and water before using.
STEP 2: Secure the ends with a hair tie or rubber band.
STEP 4: Attach the foam ball and lights to make DIY ghost head.
The foam ball head will stick on the top. Use the twisty ties to secure the lights to the metal tomato cage.
STEP 5: Place a white sheet over the tomato cage to make DIY ghost.
Several people have asked the size of the white sheet to use. I’m not sure, since Cindy didn’t mention the size, but based on looks alone, it looks to be about 4-1/2 feet to 5-feet wide, and a bit longer, maybe 6′ – 7′ feet. It’s hard to tell, but you’ll need to test this out to see which size works best for your tomato cage.
Another reader had a great idea: Use a white plastic tablecloth instead of a white sheet. This will make them waterproof. You can use a black permanent marker to draw in the eyes and mouth.
STEP 6: Cut out eyes and a mouth in black felt.
A comment below had a great idea: instead of felt, try using black duck tape to cut out the eyes and mouth! It’s already sticky so you’ll be able to easily attach it. 🙂 Not sure how it will hold up over the Halloween season, but spray adhesive with felt is pretty solid.
Spray on the eyes and mouth with spray adhesive.
Your DIY ghost light decorations are done!
Isn’t that super easy??
What’s even cuter here is that the little boy has his shoes on the wrong feet!
But this gives you an idea of how tall these DIY ghost lights stand. Love them!
Cindy was super creative with this project and I’m thankful she allowed me to share it here on Thrift Diving!
These would be fun in the house, too, don’t you think?
Something to light up a dark corner in the house.
And I just want to give a shout-out to Cindy’s husband, Barry.
This man has some mad scroll saw skills!
I have never used a scroll saw before (only a scroll blade on a jigsaw), so I was intrigued when he showed me his work.
Isn’t this beautiful?!
Thanks, Cindy and Barry!
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If you love this Halloween DIY ghost decorations, you’ll love these Halloween light up spiders! They can be used outdoors or indoors because they have waterproof lights.
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I saw a neighbor made these, but your directions are much easier and less$. I hope to make them with my grandkids! Suggestions? Use a white plastic disposable tablecloth from the $ store and use permanent marker for the eyes & mouth! I think the lights will show through…?
Thank you for posting this!!
I made a couple of these, and I love them! So easy and fun to make. Any experience with them being in the rain? I’m in the rainy PNW and worried if I should bring them inside or not before the rain starts
I can only remember that when Halloween came each year, we used my mother’s sheets for a costume and dressed up as a ghost. With eleven children we had to be creative. This project is so adorable and I think I want to make it. Enjoy 😉 and hope you have a ghostly Happy Halloween 🎃
What size white sheets did you use?
Love the lights inside!! Never thought of that!
You can save a step by cutting black duct tape into the eyes and mouth…it is already sticky so no clue required!
That’s a great idea!! 🙂