Halloween Ghost Lights

DIY ghost light
Want to frighten off your trick-or-treating guests? Hang these ghosts onto some bare tree branches in the dark to scare them and have fun ๐Ÿ™‚

I have been playing with glue and gauze pads for a few days. I did a few experiments to check out which glue makes the best “gauze covered ping pong ball ghost lights”.

I found that PVA glue such as Mod Podge is the best among. PVA glue or white craft glue dries into transparent rubbery texture so it gives a better hold for the gauze material and for the ghost to withstand the humid air during a misty night. It can be hung at outdoor under some shades to prevent direct heavy rain (make sure your’ve got the holiday lights for outdoor too).

DIY ghost light

At first, I thought laundry spray starch is sufficient to do the job. No, I was wrong, it didn’t work out even with the strongest hold. It can’t hold the ghost skirt in floating style and won’t stick on the ping pong ball. This probably due to the loosely woven structure of the gauze material, and also, I didn’t iron it.

Home-made corn starch glue is good but it is too crispy after drying and won’t be able to hold still under wet misty nights, it will “melt”. If you don’t have PVA glue and never think of putting the ghost lights outdoor, then corn starch glue will be an option.

The “flying ghost lights” at the background is done by a camera trick called “bokeh lights”. It involves a DSLR camera with a wide open aperture lens and some black card stock to do it. Will make a separate tutorial on this later [update: please refer to this tutorial for bokeh light, substitute the template with a ghost]. Let’s concentrate on how to make this gauze / cheesecloth ghost light in this tutorial for now ๐Ÿ˜‰ .

Happy decorating for the Halloween!!!

Halloween Ghost Light

{CLICK HERE to get tutorial of Halloween Ghost Lights.}

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  1. very cute!!!!!! the pingpongball idea is great! thanx

  2. Superb idea and superb effect!

  3. what a great idea… just got to find the pingpong balls now ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Bellisimo!!! Me encanta, es super decorativo y original.
    Muchas gracias por el excelente tutorial.

    Translation (by Google):
    Beautiful! I love it, is super original decorative.
    Thank you very much for the excellent tutorial.

  5. Those are really cute! Very creative. We have a little Halloween Tree too, that these ghosts would look perfect on. I imagine they would be re-usable from year to year. I love them. I went crazy decorating for Halloween this year, indoor and outdoor (and already blogged it all too), so I think I’m done for now. But there’s always next year!

  6. These are just too cute and very clever! I pinned these to my Halloween board. Have to be able to find them again!

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  8. I was SO enchanted by this project! Your tutorial was very easy to follow..within an hour we had our little ghosties dried and hanging off a Spooky Old Tree, lighting up the living room…Love them..and I love your site! Thank you so much for such a terrific posting!!

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  10. Such a great Idea. I sent my boyfriend to get me some Ping Pong Balls and made them yesterday evening.
    I made 12, so I had to search for a few more faces to add… like a pirate or one with sunglases…
    Thanks for that Inspiration.

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  12. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing all these fabulus projects! Maria from Greece ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Great idea – I love it! Question…where did you find a small string of yellow lights? I can’t find anything less than 50 light strands and everything is white!
    Really would love to make for this Halloween.

    • I bought mine from departmental store during holiday season and I can find yellow lights without problem. White is OK for Halloween ๐Ÿ™‚
      As for reducing the number of lights, get detachable LED or bulds and is workable after removing the excessive lights, otherwise, tape it down with black tape.

  14. Awesome and so cute . Will pin on my Halloween Crafts board . Thanks for sharing !

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