DIY: Last Minute Ghosts for Halloween

I realized that Halloween is Saturday and I hadn’t decorated the house AT ALL. Oops.  I spent a small chunk of today putting up decorations and realized that there was a giant hole on a wall we’ve yet to cover with anything. We aren’t really big on general apartment decor and we’re really indecisive, so that’s the excuse you’re getting. Moral of the story? When in doubt, cover it with a wall full of giant ghosts.

If you’ve got a similar problem, here’s a quick DIY to get you through.

You’ll need:


  • Light-colored fabric from projects you meant to start several years ago.
  • String — I used a used-looking hemp, to add to the rustic feel (and it’s all I had that was strong enough to bear weight).
  • Command strips/hooks
  • Thumb tacks (or tape, if you’re afraid of your landlord)
  • Half an hour

— PicMonkey Collage`

Take the fabric and fold over a small triangle’s worth (left). Since you’re in a hurry, don’t worry about symmetry. Again, blame it on trying to get a rustic feel. Then, insert your hanger inside the fold. Tie the string around the top of the hanger (top

It doesn’t take a lot of finesse to form the head of the ghost. Utilize your best fluffing
skills (insert joke here) by pulling more fabric into the upper area and shape from there.

Once your head is formed, let the hanger slide down to kind of hook onto the string. That will ensure that your ghost won’t slip, because he technically already has. My mom taught me that the biggest secret to art is to make your accidents look like they were on purpose. That advice has served me well over the years, in both life and art.

When your string is secure and you’re ready to hang up your ghost, secure the command strip to the wall (bottom right) and attach by aforementioned string. You’re almost there!

Now, the arms! Grab one corner and a thumbtack. I chose thumbtacks because, even though I rent, I like to live dangerously. On the underside of the corner, slowly insert the tack into the cloth. If you are actually going to do that project from several years ago, you’re going to want to be delicate. If you do it right, you can move the threads in the fabric around without tearing anything. Once you’ve got it inserted, push it into the wall. Rinse and repeat on the other side.

Remember, this does not have to be perfectly symmetrical. All joking about being trendy and rustic aside, it adds character to it. Just go with it.

I made four and here’s how they look:PicMonkey Collages

If you want to add more (spiderwebs, felt eyes and mouths, body parts), feel free!

What did you DIY for Halloween this year? Let me know in the comments!

~ Meg

7 thoughts on “DIY: Last Minute Ghosts for Halloween

  1. these are cute! I love halloween but october was honestly such a shitty month this year. I didn’t do much of anything halloween-related. No pumpkin carving, no trick or treating, no eating candy… sigh! I should definitely do something simple and cute like this next year though 🙂

    • Thanks! I saw your picture of the pumpkins explaining that. I think the neighborhood will excuse it because you’re new. And you now have a month+ to totally own Christmas. Do it Griswold style. Lol

  2. What a great idea! Fast and easy Halloween decor! Love that. I have a few things up. Nothing like past years. Most of the family are in other states this year. But I love Halloween. Happy Fall, Koko 🙂

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