Ghost Lights

I am so excited to share this little project with you all!  My string of “Ghost Lights”.  I heart them!  They were really fun to make and only require a few supplies and your imagination!

Halloween Garland made of a String of Ghost Lights - DIY

Supplies Needed for Ghost Lights:

  • Cheesecloth
  • 20 ct. light set (white cord preferred)
  • Black Felt or cloth (or Black Vinyl for Silhouette/Cricut if you have one)
  • Mod Podge
  • scissors
  • tacky glue
  • popsicle molds or small dixie cups

I started out by unfolding my cheesecloth.  It came in a big folded ribbon.  I ended up using 2 layers of it in roughly a 7″ x 7″ square.
Uses for Cheesecloth - Halloween Ghost Garland

Next I draped the cheesecloth over my Popsicle mold.   Using a paintbrush, I applied a thin layer of Mod Podge over the top half of the ghost head.

Note:  I mixed a *very* small amount of water into my Mod Podge.  I wanted to thin the Mod Podge out a bit so that it didn’t leave dried glue clumps on the openings of the cheesecloth.

Halloween Garland Idea - Light up string of ghost lights

While the glue was drying I cut faces and mouths out of black felt.  Get creative!   UPDATE:  If you have a Silhouette Cutting Machine you can grab the ghost faces from my Boo Bowling and they would work perfectly for this project as well!

Once the ghosts were dry, I carefully pulled the cheesecloth off the molds and using tacky glue, glued on the felt pieces for the face.  I tried hot glue but it was really, really hard to keep the cheesecloth layers separated with the hot glue.  The front wanted to glue to the back!

Insert a light through the top of the cheesecloth.  Some of mine just poked right through and others I had to help by cutting a small slit in the top.

Here they are with a ghost on every other light!

DIY Ghost Lights - DIY Halloween Decor Idea

Here are the Ghost Lights with a ghost on every light.  You can do what you like better!

Halloween Garland made of a String of Ghost Lights - DIY

The pictures don’t even do them justice when they are hung and lit!

I couldn’t resist making one of these little guys with a mustache!  Mustaches are so popular right now and I wanted one of my little ghosts to be cool and popular! ;-)

I also really like this angry guy!  The options for faces are endless!

Hang and enjoy!   Note: These are recommended for indoor use only!

Ghost-Light-Garland.jpg

If you like Ghost Projects, I invite you to check out these projects!

You can also browse my complete collection of Holloween projects here

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65 Responses
  • Monster For Rent
    September 15, 2011

    These are great! May I put up a link for you to my Halloween site?

    • Cheryl
      September 15, 2011

      Absolutely! Thanks so much!

  • Maureen
    September 15, 2011

    Dear Cheryl,

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your blog. These are just the best. I concider myself to be creative and crafty and I feel totally brain dead after seeing your ghost lights.
    Hopefully here’s some advice that will help you be able to stay at home with your boys. A book you need to read is called “Dinner’s in the Freezer” by Jill Bond. It is available used through Amazon or Inter Library Loan. This program has really cut back on my grocery bills and my cooking and cleaning time. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

    Maureen

    • Cheryl
      September 16, 2011

      Maureen, Thanks so much for the nice comment! It made my day after a rough drop off at school with my son! Also THANK YOU for the book suggestion. I am set out to find it right away! I really appreciate it!!! I hope to talk to you again!

  • [email protected]
    September 17, 2011

    Soooooooooo cute! I am pinning this! Stop over for a visit sometime!

    • Cheryl
      September 18, 2011

      Thanks Cara! I absolutely love your Back To School projects!!! Adorable!

  • Brittany
    September 18, 2011

    What a fun idea!

  • Priscila
    September 19, 2011

    These are so cute! I love the little faces!

  • Marilyn
    September 19, 2011

    Super lovely.. I found ya per Motivate me Monday and your site totally motivates me get up & get artsy.. : )) Lovely blog.. I’m Marilyn from http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com and i’m following ya officially with SMILES.. Hoping you can stop by sometime and return the follow/simply say hello.. Thanks & have a great week.. *Following you on pinterest too*

  • Madison
    September 19, 2011

    So smart and so simple! I love it. :)

  • Jenn
    September 19, 2011

    I totally LOVE these!! If you get a chance, I would love it if you could link this up to my party, The Creative Spark, tomorrow night. Pinned this!
    Jenn
    http://www.cleanandscentsible.blogspot.com

  • Sweetwater Style
    September 20, 2011

    I love this….you can never have too many twinkle lights….and now they have a theme….Great Idea!

  • Debbie
    September 21, 2011

    Very, very cute! Great idea. :)

    • Cheryl
      September 21, 2011

      Thanks Debbie! I have my moments :)

  • Mandy @ Sugar Bee Crafts
    September 21, 2011

    Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday – you were featured today!!
    – Mandy, http://www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

  • Bethany
    September 21, 2011

    Your little ghosts turned out so cute! Very clever idea. Thanks for the inspiration

  • Brittany
    September 21, 2011

    This is pretty much the cutest thing EVER! My little girl got a kick out of them and wants to make some of our own, so thank you for the inspiration! :)

  • Jaime from crafty scrappy happy
    September 21, 2011

    So so cute—and I love the different faces! So simple and wonderful—I really adore your style!
    Jaime from crafty scrappy happy
    (and thank you so so much for linking up!)

    • Cheryl
      September 21, 2011

      Thanks Jaime! Thanks for hosting!

  • Ann
    September 22, 2011

    These are so fun, I may have to make these for my booth at the antique mall. Thanks again for sharing.

  • We just featured your ghost lights on our new Fun Finds Friday!

    • Cheryl
      September 23, 2011

      Thanks Jill! I love your blog and your fun food ideas!

  • Robyn Rasmussen
    September 24, 2011

    This idea is so cute! It’s amazing what you can do with a little imagination. I definately want to try! Found you on the Sunday Scoop link party.

  • Jennie Larsen
    September 24, 2011

    HELLO THERE- YOU HAVE BEEN FEATURED ON COM for Super Saturday Spotlight Talent Show. WA-HOO! well done. winks-jen

  • Angie
    September 24, 2011

    These are so CUTE! And SO EASY!!! :)
    I love them!

    Angie @ Artsy You

  • Kristy
    September 24, 2011

    This is so cute! Thanks for sharing the how-to!

  • lindyharnarain
    September 25, 2011

    Love! I’d love for you to link up to my Wickedly Creative Halloween Ideas Link Party!
    http://www.itsybitsypaperblog.com

    • Cheryl
      September 27, 2011

      Thanks Lindy…I will head over!

  • Audra
    September 25, 2011

    You’ve been featured! Thanks for linking up! Check it out here: http://www.thekurtzcorner.com/2011/09/link-party-features-no-7.html

  • Rachel @ Lines across my face
    September 25, 2011

    Haha these are too cute. I love the face on that last one. It cracks me up!

  • thegunnysack
    September 25, 2011

    So cute…the various faces on the ghosts are so funny! Thanks for this sharing this at last Monday’s “What In The Gunny Sack?” link party!

  • Macy
    September 26, 2011

    Thanks for linking up to my Tuesday Confessional party last week. You’ve been featured so stop by and grab a brag button! http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2011/09/it-is-almost-time-for-this-weeks.html
    I hope to see you at this week’s link party which starts tonight.
    ~Macy

    • Cheryl
      September 27, 2011

      Woo Hoo! Thanks Macy! :)

  • Jennifer
    September 27, 2011

    These are too cute! I like how you did different faces!!
    Thanks for partying with us at Show & Share!!

  • Amanda
    September 29, 2011

    What a great project! :) I’ve featured this post on Craft Gossip here:
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/cheescloth-ghost-lights/

    If you would like a “featured by” button, you can grab one here:
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/grab-a-craft-gossip-button/

    • Cheryl
      September 29, 2011

      Thanks Amanda! I appreciate it!

  • Vicki Johnson
    September 29, 2011

    Love it… what a fun touch and so inexpensive too! Thanks! Vicki

  • Bethany
    October 1, 2011

    I know I’ve already commented on these, but I liked them so much I needed to come back and invite you to my Monster Mash Bash Halloween Link Party that is now up! http://afishwholikesflowers.blogspot.com/2011/10/lets-do-monster-mash.html

    Hope to see you there!

    • Cheryl
      October 1, 2011

      Thanks Bethany! I headed over! I also was able to fix your code to get your button to work on my {Che} Parties page :)

  • AJ
    October 2, 2011

    This is super cute. I made these with my son who just had surgery and has to stay pretty still. I’m having a hard time keeping them on my lights though. I used the 50/50 glue/water mix and let them dry on my molds. When I tried to put it over my light the hole got too big and wouldn’t stay on, it just slipped off. Any suggestions?

    • Cheryl
      October 2, 2011

      AJ, I would just use a bit of hot glue if you have it to tack it on the plastic part of the light. Otherwise you can put a piece of clear scotch tape over the existing whole that is too large and try again through the scotch tape. I hope that helps!

      • AJ
        October 2, 2011

        Thanks for your prompt response! The hot glue is awesome. I used a bit of white thread on a couple that just wanted to be stubborn and loosely tied them around the cord. That helped too. This is just spooktacular and it was such a fun way to spend some quality time with my boy while he’s on the mend. Thank you so much for your great idea. I look forward to finding more gems!

        • Cheryl
          October 2, 2011

          Yay! I am so glad you love them! I hope your son recovers quickly! But also glad you got some good quality time in with him!

  • Chun Thorstenson
    October 3, 2011

    made my way to your site from aol and and am glad i found it, hope you keep up the good work

  • Dominique
    October 3, 2011

    Thanks so much, I linked this with my facebook as I think it is a super idea for the young ones. This is my nephews first Halloween and I want it to be fun not scary and with these lights I know he will just be amazed (he’s 6mo. old). I love how you can personalize these with the faces, it gives me ideas to do lots more with them. Thanks again~Aloha

    • Cheryl
      October 4, 2011

      Yes, we do “fun” Halloween in my house. Not yet to the scray Halloween just yet! I am sure someday when teh boys get older we will be to “scary!” Thanks for stopping by, I hope you come back and visit soon!

  • Christina
    October 6, 2011

    Adorable! Thanks for linking up at my Bewitching Craft link party at http://igottacreate.blogspot.com!

  • Karen
    October 18, 2011

    These are great I featured them @ WorkShop Wednesday!

    • Cheryl
      October 20, 2011

      Thanks Karen! I appreciate it!

  • Megan
    October 19, 2011

    Those are so cute! What a great way to spruce up basic white lights! :)

    • Cheryl
      October 20, 2011

      Thanks Megan. I love your blog!

  • Iffy aka Cameron
    October 28, 2011

    Good morning! I wanted to let you know you are in My Stay At Home Nation Spotlight this week! Stop by & check it out. I can’t wait to see what you link up next! Thanks so much!
    XoXo
    ~Iffy~
    StayAtHomeNation.blogspot.com

    • Cheryl
      October 28, 2011

      Yay! Thanks Iffy! I appreciate it!!!

  • Candie
    October 23, 2012

    Yay! These are so stinkin’ cute! You should enter your photos from this project into Craftbaby’s Halloween Decor Challenge! :) http://www.craftbaby.com/contests/32/halloween-decor

  • Holly Gagnon
    October 17, 2016

    Totally an adorable idea!

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