DIY Halloween Decorations

Easy Halloween DIY Ghosts

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays to decorate for, because there are no rules, and things can get really creative!

Years ago, honestly 2 decades ago, I had a Halloween party and needed cheap and easy Halloween decorations.  I made a ghost face on a sheet with black marker and threw it over a chair.  I know this was not crazy creative by any stretch of the imagination, but this is where the idea for this spooky Halloween tablescape came from.

These ghosts take the stress out of creating a unique and different Halloween party.  So easy anyone can do it!

What you will need:

  • Old King size sheet – cut in 4
  • 3 (8x10) sheets black felt
  • Alene’s tacky glue
  • 4 grocery bags
  • 8 (4x4)Hardwood Floor samples
  • 1 piece of copy paper
  • 4 ft (1 1/4″) Dowel – cut in 4 pieces
  • 8 (#8 1 1/2″) wood screws
  • 2 (1/4″) dowel – cut in half
  • 4 sets brilliant white string lights – 4ft each
  • 12 AA Batteries
  • Drill
  • 1/8 drill bit
  • 5/16 drill bit

What to do:

1. Cut the king size sheet into 4 pieces.  Fold in half and cut 1 inch and then rip all the way through.  This is the easiest way to give you a perfectly straight line.  Repeat again on each half to get 4 equal squares.

2.  Cut ghost faces out of black felt.  Fold in half and cut out 2 equal eyes at a time.  I had an idea of what I wanted the faces to look like so I just cut them free hand.

3.  Glue faces onto each piece of the sheet.  I folded each square in half and then put a grocery bag under the top sheet so that the glue wouldn’t glue the material together.  Set aside and let dry completely.

4.  Cut the large (1 1/4″) dowel into 4 pieces.  I didn’t measure so that I would have varying heights but if you want equal pieces, measure and then cut.

TIME SAVING TIP – Lowe’s will cut your wood for you!  Just find someone in the wood department and tell them what size, and they will cut the dowel for you.  So much easier than cutting it yourself and no saw necessary!

5.  Drill hole (1/8 drill bit) through center of each square of wood.  I used a piece of paper to make a pattern.  I put paper over the top of the square and then pressed around the edges.  You can cut around or just fold over to get a pattern of the edges of the square. Then fold in half and then over in half again to find the mid point of the square.  You can line the pattern up with he edges of the square and drill right trough the middle of each piece of wood.  You could also measure each square to find the middle and then mark the center but I think my way is so much easier! 

6.  Drill hole (1/8 drill bit) through center of each end of dowel.  Again I used this piece of paper to make a pattern.  Pressed around the edges and cut out a circle.  Then fold in half and over in half again to find the mid point.  You can drill right through the pattern each time.

7.  Attach wood squares to both ends of the dowel with wood screws.  Easy Halloween Decorations

8. Drill hole (5/16 drill bit) through the large dowel, approximately 4 inches from the top. This will be the arms of the ghost.  

9.  Slide small (1/4″) dowel through the hole in the large (1 1/4″) dowel and wrap lights around large dowel.  Place the battery pack on the base and wrap from the bottom up.

10.  Place sheet over each pedestal and turn on lights.  Display whatever treats you like on top!  These will each hold a full size dinner plate.

These make a unique and different stand for any Halloween party, or they could be used outside, or around the house.

easy Halloween decorations

Happy Halloween!

– Erin

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