Ghost Lights

I am so excited to share this little project with you all!  My string of “Ghost Lights”.  I heart them!

Items Needed:

  • 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.

Next I draped the cheesecloth over my popsicle mold.   I made a glue mixture of Mod Podge and a *very* small amount of water.  I just wanted to thin the Mod Podge out a bit so that it didn’t leave dried glue clumps on the openings of the cheesecloth.  Next I used a paintbrush and painted the top half of the cheesecloth over the mold using my Mod Podge Mixture.  {I tried using spray adhesive, however it didn’t quite stiffen the cheese cloth enough.  The spray adhesive only stiffened my arm hair!    The Mod Podge mixture worked great!)

While the glue was drying I cut faces and mouths out of black felt.

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.

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.   (I purchased my string of lights at Hobby Lobby in the craft section where they have those glass block craft ideas.  My string had the lights really close to one another so I opted to insert a ghost every other light.  I believe if you use actual Christmas lights (white cord of course) they will be farther apart and you can do a ghost on every light.)

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!    Check back because I have many more fun Halloween ideas to share!!!

Note: These are recommended for indoor use only!

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POSTED BY: Cheryl Spangenberg

63 Responses to Ghost Lights

  1. 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, 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!

  2. 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 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*

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

  3. 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?

    • 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!

      • 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!

        • 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!

  4. 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

    • 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!

  5. 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!

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