Make a Halloween ghost craft out of tissue paper, a plastic bag or an old white sheet–a classic Halloween craft for both kids and adults. This ghost craft also makes an easy Halloween ghost decoration that can be made in any size from super small to extra large for an indoor or outdoor use. Even toddlers and preschoolers will have fun making Halloween ghosts!
Make a small Halloween ghost craft or a large ghost decoration with these easy ghost craft tutorials. Ghost crafts are fun for kids and adults of all ages to make for Halloween.
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How to Make a Halloween Ghost Craft
Learn how to make ghost crafts and ghost decorations from small to extra large with recycled tissue paper, white plastic bags, a pillowcase, or an old white sheet!
This Halloween ghost craft is an easy DIY Halloween decoration that toddlers, preschoolers, and kids of all ages can make at home or in the classroom.
Use the small to medium ghost craft step by step directions to make a small to medium-sized Halloween ghost craft, and the large Halloween ghost decoration tutorial to make an extra-large Halloween ghost decoration with an old white sheet or extra-large white garbage bag.
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Halloween Ghost Craft and Decoration Supplies
- New or recycled white tissue paper, white garbage bags, an old pillowcase, or an old white sheet
- Cotton balls, crumpled recycled paper, cloth scraps, old socks, or a balloon
- Monofilament line (fishing line)
- Permanent marker
Small to Medium Halloween Ghost Craft Directions
Learn how to make a ghost craft or a ghost decoration of any size with these simple Halloween ghost tutorials.
Directions to make an extra-large Halloween ghost decoration with an old white sheet can be found after the small to medium ghost craft photo tutorial.
Step 1 – Cut squares of tissue paper (or plastic garbage bags, an old white sheet or pillowcase) to make ghost craft
Use scissors to cut squares of tissue paper, fabric or plastic. We cut 10 to 12-inch squares to make ghost crafts, but they can be made in any size you like. When you use small squares to make ghost crafts the little ghosts can sit on a tabletop.
Experiment to find the perfect size ghost craft for your purposes. You may decide to make ghosts of several different sizes. Don’t worry about making perfect squares, the sloppy ones just add to the ghostly appeal.
Step 2 – Place two squares of tissue paper on a work surface with a cotton ball or other filler on top
Offset the tissue paper squares so that eight points are showing (see step by step photo collage tutorial below). Place a cotton ball, a crumpled piece of paper, a cut-up old sock, or fabric scraps on top of the squares.
Step 3 – Wrap the tissue paper around the filler to make the Halloween ghost head
Gently wrap the squares around the filler to create the head of the ghost craft or decoration.
Step 4 – Tie a section of monofilament line around the neck of your ghost craft
Cut a section of monofilament (fishing) line. One and a half to two feet is usually enough.
If you won’t be hanging the ghosts, use a shorter strand of monofilament string or a piece of Halloween ribbon. Tie it around the neck of your Halloween ghost craft to secure the cotton ball (or other filler) in place to create the head of the Halloween ghost craft.
Step 5 – Draw a face on your Halloween ghost craft
Use a black pen to draw a simple face each of the homemade Halloween ghost crafts and decorations that you make.
Small to Medium Halloween Ghost Decoration Photo Tutorial
Extra Large DIY Halloween Ghost Decoration: How to Make a Sheet Ghost Decoration
Homemade Halloween decorations and ghosts are always a hit with the kids. Learn how to make large white sheet ghost decorations with this easy step by step tutorial!
Step 1 – Cut a small hole in the middle of an old white sheet
Lay the old white sheet on the ground and pick it up from the center. Cut a very small hole in the center of the white sheet.
Step 2 – Blow up a balloon
Step 3 – Place the old white sheet over the balloon
Find the small hole that you cut in the old sheet and place the knot of the balloon through it.
Step 4 – Tie a section of monofilament line (fishing string) to balloon
Tie a 1 – 4-foot section of monofilament line of fishing string to the knot on the balloon.
Step 5 – Use a permanent marker to draw a cute friendly or spooky face on your Halloween ghost decoration.
Hold the balloon with the sheet over it on your lap and draw a friendly or spooky ghost face onto the old white sheet.
Make sure that the face will be in the right place when you hang it by holding the ghost decoration from the balloon before you start drawing.
Step 6 – Hang Ghost Decoration
Tie the monofilament line to a small nail, a tack, the branch of a tree, a flagpole, or anywhere else a Halloween ghost decoration can be hung. Make a few more Halloween ghost decorations outside for even more ghostly fun.
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Halloween Ghost Crafts and Ghost Decoration Ideas
Make any of these DIY Halloween ghost decoration ideas with the kids for some ghostly fun!
Making ghosts out of tissue paper, plastic bags or an old white sheet is a classic Halloween craft and decoration for both kids and adults.
My daughter likes to use the Halloween ghosts that she makes for imaginative play as she flies them around the house, while I like to use them to decorate our trees, ceilings, and windows for Halloween parties and on Halloween night.
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