Halloween Crafts: DIY Ghost Garland

An adorable Halloween ghost garland in under 30 minutes using tissues and foam balls!

This is a fun Halloween craft that I used to make with my 5th graders every year. It’s super inexpensive (all you need to buy is the foam balls) and each ghost takes only about 3 minutes to make.  That means you can make the entire ghost garland in under 30 minutes!

The materials used: styrofoam balls, scissors, permanent marker, white string and tissue paper

You Will Need:

  • Foam craft balls (or even balled up newspaper – I just like the perfect round ball)
  • Tissues
  • Black Sharpie
  • White thread
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors

Directions:

Place the foam ball in the center of the tissue.

A square of tissue paper and one small, styrofoam ball

Fold the tissue over the ball, creating the ghost like shape. Wrap and tie white thread around the neck to secure. Leave a long piece of thread so that you can later attach to the garland.

A simple Halloween craft for the kids!

Using the permanent marker, draw the ghost’s face.

A person drawing eyes with a black permanent marker onto the face of a tissue ghost
A completed tissue ghost with eyes and mouth

You’re done! Now repeat this process for how ever many little ghosties you want on your garland!

A group of tissue ghosts ready to be attached to the garland

Hot glue the string up the back and to the top of the ghost’s head. This ensures that when each ghost is hung from the garland that they hang correctly. Otherwise it will hang sideways and lopsided!

The side of a tissue ghost, once attached to the tulle garland
A few tissue ghosts hanging from the fireplace mantel

To make the garland, I tied each ghost on to another long piece of string that I hung across my mantel. When I was done, I wrapped the garland in some Halloween themed tuille.

How to make a simple Halloween ghost garland with tissue paper
Make a simple Halloween ghost garland with tissue paper and foam balls
This ghost garland is the perfect simple Halloween decor that your kids can help make!
A fireplace mantel with a row of little, orange pumpkins on top and tissue ghosts hanging down from a string of tulle

My toddler thinks these ghosts are the best thing ever! They are pretty cute and make for such easy decor! While my son is still a little too young to help making them, my students use to adore it – so I’m sure your kids will, too!

A few tissue ghosts hanging from the tulle garland

When someone walks by, the ghosts sway in the breeze!

A close-up of two tissue garlands with black eyes and mouth
A few tissue ghosts hanging from the tulle garland

Halloween Ghost Garlands

Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Involve your kids in this cute Halloween craft that you have to see to believe!

Materials

  • Foam craft balls
  • Facial tissue
  • White thread or twine

Tools

  • Hot glue gun
  • Black permanent marker
  • Scissors

Instructions

    1. Place the foam ball in the center of the tissue.
    2. Fold the tissue over the ball, creating the ghost like shape.
    3. Wrap and tie white thread around the neck to secure. Leave a long piece of thread so that you can later attach to the garland.
    4. Draw the ghost's face with three simple circles, using the permanent marker.
    5. Repeat this process for how ever many little ghosts you want on your garland.
    6. Hot glue the string to the back and the top of the ghost's head. This ensures that when each ghost is hung from the garland that they hang correctly.
    7. To make the garland, tie each ghost onto another long piece of string, which you will hang above your fireplace mantel or other desired location.


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