I have a toddler, and that means my time is precious. And money? Uh, yeah, not so much. My goal for Halloween is to create something fabulous, and it has to be something I can do with my toddler. But that doesn’t mean it has to look like something a toddler made, and it also doesn’t have to cost me a ton of time or money. Oh, yes: I can have it all!

Put together these ghostly “ornaments” to hang throughout your home and get in on the Halloween spirit!

DIY: Halloween Ghosts

Gather these items:

  • Balloons ($1 at the Dollar Tree)
  • Old fabric or rags ($3.97 in the paint section at Lowe’s)
  • Scissors
  • Rubber bands ($1 at the Dollar Tree)
  • String/Twine
  • Black marker with a fine tip
  • Safety pins


  • Know the size of your fabric pieces before blowing up the balloons.
  • Blow up the balloons, but do not tie them off until you’re sure that the fabric is going to cover them completely.
  • Drape the fabric over the balloon.
  • Grab all of the excess fabric into your hands and tie off with the rubber band (like a pony tail).
  • Use the scissors to make random slits into the fabric.
  • Starting at the slits, shred the fabric, with your hands, up to the rubber band.
  • Attach the safety pin to the top of the ghost.
  • Tie the string to the top of the safety pin.
  • Draw a face on the ghost.
  • Hang from chandeliers or any other area where a ghostly presence is needed!

This project can be customized to match your decorating plan, so consider these variations:

  • The ghosts can be displayed indoors or outdoors.
  • If displaying outdoors, hang the ghosts from trees, ornament style.
  • They can be made with old fabric or rags, or using cheesecloth for a more sheer, “ghostly” appearance (see photo for an example).
  • Make the ghosts on a smaller scale (as seen in the photo) by replacing the balloons with a cotton ball or a round, plastic cap (check your recycle bin for old lids and caps). Drape the fabric over the cotton ball or plastic lid and glue to fabric.
  • Give the ghosts more of a floating appearance by leaving the base untied below the “head” created by the balloon, cotton ball or cap.

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5 thoughts on “Halloween DIY for the Family: Ghostly Hangable Decor!”

  1. La Chell says:

    I have made these before. Here is how to get your ghosts to look like the ones in the picture.

    You will need cheesecloth which cost a couple of dollars per package–you can find cheesecloth at your local home improvement store in the paint section or at Michael’s in the adhesives aisle

    fabric stiffener approx. $3-$5 at Michael’s in the adhesive aisle (use a 40% coupon and save some $$)

    small balloons

    bottles with small neck openings

    bowl (disposable works best if you have one)

    paper plate or aluminum foil

    black marker or black seed beads

    Glue (if using seed beads for eyes)

    Blow balloons to size desired for the head of the ghosts. For the small ones hanging on the chandelier I would blow the balloons up to 1 1/2 to 2 1/2-inches

    Pour the fabric stiffener into disposable bowl and thin if needed as per directions on bottle

    cut cheesecloth into squares big enough to drape nicely over balloons

    gently pull and stretch cheesecloth to get uneven and raggedy edges

    dip cheesecloth into stiffening solution. pull between fingers to drain excess solution from fabric

    place wet fabric over balloon and shape into ghostly shapes–pulling on edges and gently squeezing together under head to help form head shape

    place balloon into top of bottle and let dry over night. I like to put a paper plate or tin foil under the bottles to catch any stiffening solution that may drip down. I put my ghosts on top of the refrigerator so that little hands can not get to the ghosts before they are dry and the warm air from the fridge helps to dry them faster.

    good luck & have fun

    use marker to draw eyes or glue black seed beads if 3D eyes are desired

    use clear thread to form hanging loop at the top of ghosts head to hang around house

  2. Manda says:

    This sounds fun! I’m going to try this tomorrow. I have no Halloween decorations up yet. Thanks for sharing this!

  3. Desi says:

    It looks to me like maybe the fabric was starched and tg ballon removed after…if this is the case how much starch did you use

    • august says:

      The picture used isn’t from the ones that I, personally, made. Those are using cheescloth. However, if you want yours to look similar to this, all you’ll have to do is cover a balloon in the fabric and tie it off like in the directions, then coat it in modge podge (sp?) and let it dry over night. The next day, use a needle to pop the balloon and it should hold the shape. Hope that helps!

  4. Ester Geraldine De La Cruz says:

    great idea, thanks!