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How to Make Easy Ghost Halloween Tree Ornaments

Updated on September 13, 2014
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Diane is a lover of all things beautiful; music, art, antiques and nature. Her guides bring insight to topics she cares passionately about.

Ghost Ornements are Easy and Fun to Make

Spooky ghost ornaments hanging from a tree are a great way to greet your Trick-or-Treaters on Halloween. These ghosts are super easy to make with scraps you have on hand. Make a whole horde of ghosts to decorate your trees or to hang from your porch. If you purchase material for the project, choose gauzy, floaty materials like organza, gauze or chiffon for the best look. Any light breeze will catch the fabric and make the ghosts look like they are hovering in the branches of your trees. Add a little scary music or soundtrack moans to complete the scary atmosphere.

List of Materiasls for Ghost Ornaments

- 2 yards of gauzy fabric

- One dozen ping-pong balls or Styrofoam balls 1" diameter

- Black permanent marker, fine point

- 4 yards of 1/8" ribbon or string cut into one foot lengths

- Scissors

Makes one dozen ghost tree ornaments

Putting It Together

Step 1 - Lay out your fabric on a large table.

Step 2 - Cut your fabric into squares, about 12 - 18 inches. No need to measure, just eyeball it and make rough cuts. The scragglier the better.

Step 3 - Pick up a ball and drape the fabric over it, roughly centering the ball under the square.

Step 4 - Gather the fabric under the ball to create a "neck".

Step 5 - Tie one end of a piece of ribbon or string around the neck and knot it securely.

Step 6 - With your Sharpie marker, draw a scary or distressed face on the head.

Step 7 - Hang the ghost ornaments in your tree.

Photo Gallery of the Steps to Make Your Ghost

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Supplies You May Need

Get everything you need at your local craft store or online. None of the materials are expensive, and you may even have some on hand.

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How do You Celebrate Halloween?

Or do you celebrate at all? When my husband was little, his family got with other neighborhood friends and hosted parties while the trick-or-treating was going on. More recently, our church hosted a Trunk-or-Treat celebration every year. Families would decorate the trunk of their cars and fill them with goodies. The kids would troll the parking lot getting goodies from the trunks of the cars. A chilli cook-off, along with brought goodies fed the costumed hordes, and prizes were given for the best costumes.At home, we make our annual Apple Cider Donut recipe and Hot Apple Cider. Kids at the door always say, "What smells so good?"!

What are your Halloween traditions?

How Do You Celebrate Halloween?

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      6 years ago

      "Trunk or Treat" sounds like a great idea!

      We don't really celebrate, but I do love seeing the little goblins come to our door!

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      7 years ago

      That's a very cool homemade ghost.

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      Jen Maskill 

      7 years ago

      It is my niece's birthday so my sister decks out the whole house in witches ghouls and cobwebs and we have a massive party where no one is allowed in without full costume. We play lots of games eat lots of food and drink lots of beer!!

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      Heather B 

      7 years ago

      I love Halloween, especially the pumpkin carving part! I'd like to make some of these ghosts this year with the kids I babysit.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      We used to hang ghosts on the tree in our front yard, but now we just have a line of flashing pumpkin lights - and a skull that flashes red eyes and "talks" at the trick or treaters!

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      jseven lm 

      7 years ago

      I love the fall harvest look. Nice lens!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I don't do anything now...but in years past, I did lots of things. I used to meet the kids at the door in my witch costume, and cackle at them...they loved it. It was fun in those days, but because I can't go to the door that much, we no longer do anything. I love this lens and thanks for sharing.

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      7 years ago

      We don't celebrate too much. My children aren't crazy about candy. (It's true! Weird, I know.) Also, I don't get into the scary part of Halloween. We do have fun with fall crafts and pumpkin carving. We are going to try these cute ghosts for outdoor décor. I've got plenty of scrap fabric to use. This will be a great use for it. Thanks!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I try to take my grandkids trick or treating. I think I have as much fun as they do!

    • Scarlettohairy profile image

      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I try to take my grandkids trick or treating. I think I have as much fun as they do!

    • Dianne Loomos profile image

      Dianne Loomos 

      7 years ago

      Your ghost ornaments are cute!

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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      Being in a retirement community, we don't get trick-or-treaters. I decorate with a harvest theme and go to various festivals, but that's about it for Halloween for me.

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      Ann Hinds 

      7 years ago from So Cal

      This is really cute and will have to make some for our rally to hang from the trees. What I really like is that they are fast and easy to make.


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