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How to Make a Spooky Solar Light Ghost for Halloween

Loraine enjoys making crafts and sharing the projects she’s developed. Her crafts include pictured, step-by-step tutorials, and templates.

DIY Solar Light Ghost

DIY Solar Light Ghost

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What is it about Halloween that you find the scariest? Is it the monsters, witches, or ghosts? I just can't imagine Halloween without a scary ghost. Witches and monsters just have to look their ugliest and make loud noises and haunting laughs. But the ghost has to appear, without really being seen, and make sounds that you may or may not have heard. The ghost is the sneakiest.

If you want to give a fright to the little ones who come to your home on Halloween, why not make a swinging ghost decoration to hang on your porch or in a nearby tree? Solar lights that you can buy for as little as a dollar will give your ghost shining eyes and an ugly grin.

Supplies Needed

  • A small solar light
  • White plastic coat hanger
  • White cheesecloth or gauze 36" x 2 yds
  • Sleeves from a white, long-sleeved t-shirt
  • Black electrical tape or duct tape
  • Fishing string

Step 1: Make a Ghostly Face

Using black electrical tape or duct tape, cover the center light areas on the solar light. Use small strips of black tape to shape eyelids and a mouth.

Step 2: Make a Ghostly Body

Cut one sleeve in half and drape over the straight side of the coat hanger to form the arms of the ghost. Glue along the overlapped edges.

Wrap the wrist end of one sleeve under the solar light face and tie it with a length of fishing line. Make the fishing line long enough so you can tape it to the back and top of the solar light. This will be used to hang the ghost.

Notice how the fishing line is taped to the back of the solar light ghost head.

Attach the head to the body using fishing line.

Attach the head to the body using fishing line.

Step 3: Attach the Head to the Body

Using fishing line, tie the solar lamp body of the ghost to the clothes hanger arms. Tie at the center of the coat hanger bottom and around the neck of the solar light head. Also, tie around the clothes hanger hook and the body of the ghost to hold it securely.

Step 4: Dress Your Ghost

Tie a one-yard length of cheesecloth under the head of the ghost with fishing line. Take an additional 1 1/2 yard length of cheesecloth, center it, and drape it over the solar light head/ghost body/ghost arms. Thread the fishing line through the cheesecloth directly above the solar light and make a loop for hanging the ghost.

© 2012 Loraine Brummer

What creepy solar-light Halloween decorations have you made?

bossypants on October 07, 2012:

The more of your craft lenses I read, the more I realize what a resourceful and clever crafter you are. Imagine, using a solar garden light as the ghost's head!