Fall is here and Halloween season is in full motion! Don’t let anyone tell you it’s too early to decorate your home for Fall/Halloween. Live your best life, and jazz it up with this low-budget DIY ghost garland!
All you need for this project are small balls, cheesecloth, yarn, glue and a black Sharpie. You can get as cheap or as fancy as you would like with this project. Just keep in mind that cheesecloth is EXTREMELY delicate, so if you’re looking to keep the material in perfect condition I would suggest working with tulle instead. Most cheesecloth shifts and spreads and frays. It’s perfect for creepy decor, but I get that not everyone’s into it!
If you’re building this during Halloween retail season, you can buy plastic eyeball balls and “creepy cloths” or “spooky fabric” from the Dollar Tree or Target. Otherwise, I would look for small foam balls or ping pong balls (from anywhere) to use for the inside and grab cheesecloth from a fabric reseller like Joann’s, Hobby Lobby or Walmart.
What you’ll need:
- Eyeball balls (or small foam balls or ping pong balls)
- Cheesecloth or Halloween decor cloth (or tulle)
- Hot glue gun and an extra stick or 2
- White paint and paint brush (optional)
- A black Sharpie
Here’s what you do:
First, dab/brush some white paint onto the eye design. You don’t want this showing through. If you get plain white balls, you can skip this step. As that dries, cut your cheesecloth into squares around 6″. Stack 3 squares on top of each other, each slightly turned. Once they’re dry, place the balls eye down into the center of the squares and wrap the fabric down.
Place a hearty drop of glue onto the top (where the eye design was). Since cheesecloth and tulle are holey, you can just place the dot on top of the fabric. Place the yarn onto the glue while it’s still liquid. Place the next ghost a few inches down the yarn. Tie small loops at the end to use for hanging. Use a black marker or Sharpie to draw eyes and a mouth on each ghost. Hang, and enjoy!
The length of your garland and the number of ghosts you need to make will depend on where you plan to hang them. My eyeballs came in a pack of 12, which was perfect for my fireplace. I kept my ghosts about 4″ apart from each other. I like having the cloth only glued under a relatively small dot of glue at the top rather than all over because it’ll give it a more flowy look.
Such a cute and easy DIY to help really kick off the Halloween season! If you make this garland, tag me on Instagram – @withlovejoey!