DIY Paper Towel Halloween Ghosts

Updated on March 7, 2020
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Loraine enjoys making crafts and sharing the projects she’s developed. Her crafts include pictured, step-by-step tutorials and templates.

You’ll love how Mod Podge stiffens these paper towel ghosts so you can pose them. These flying ghosts—made using paper towels stiffened with Mod Podge—will keep their shape year after year. Although making them is a bit messy, what project using Mod Podge isn’t? They are really very simple and easy to make.

In this article, I’ll show you with a pictured tutorial exactly how easy you can make a bevy of flying ghosts for your home, classroom, or office. Use them as Halloween party decorations and then give them as favors when the party is over. Very inexpensive to make.

Supplies Needed:

Everything you'll need to make posable ghosts:

  • White paper towels
  • Mod Podge
  • White glue
  • Wide artist brush
  • Plastic sheet or tinfoil
  • 1.5" Styrofoam balls
  • White chenille stems, 12" length
  • Thin wire
  • Fishing string
  • Black Sharpie or Black craft paint and artist brush
  • Scissors

1. Prepare the Ghost's Skeleton

  • Fold a chenille stem in half, twist about 1" from bend, and then another twist about 1/2" below the first twist.
  • Bend the chenille ends as for arms.
  • Poke a small hole in the Styrofoam ball, add a dab of white glue and push the folded end of the chenille stem into the ball.

2. Ghost Skeletons

  • I'm making seven ghosts, so here all the skeletons are prepared to be sheeted.

3. Mod Podge the Paper Towel

  • Lay a paper towel on a plastic sheet or on a piece of tinfoil.
  • Pour Mod Podge in a bowl for ease of dipping the brush.

4. Apply Mod Podge

  • Using the wide artist's brush, brush Mod Podge over the entire paper towel. (I have thinned white glue slightly and used it in place of the Mod Podge, but I didn't think the finished ghost was as stiff.)

5. Drape Sheet Over Skeleton

  • Place the skeleton onto the paper towel, slightly below the center and facing toward one of the towel corners.
  • The arms should be toward the two outside corners.
  • Bring the far corner down over the skeleton and shape around the Styrofoam ball skull.

6. Sheet Over the Skull

  • Shape the sheet around the neck, keeping the corners aligned over the skeleton arms.

7. Wire the Neck

  • Use about a 3" piece of thin wire to hold the sheet around the neck.
  • Pull snug and wire tight.
  • Cut off the ends of the wire.

8. Make a Fishing String Hanger

  • Cut a 3" piece of thin wire, bend it in half and twist.
  • Keep the two ends close together.
  • Thread one end of a piece of fishing string through the wire eye and tie tight.
  • Make a loop on the opposite end of the fishing string for hanging the ghost.

9. Attach Wire Eye to Ghost Head

  • Holding the ends of the wire and poke them into the top of the ghost head.
  • Push tight to the top of the head and add a dab of white glue over the eye.

10. Shape the Sheet and Pose the Ghost

  • Now, shape the sheet as you want. This is the time to pose your ghost. When it is dry, it will be too stiff to pose.
  • By rolling the ends of the chenille stems into the sheet, you can get all sorts of ghostly shapes.
  • Hang the ghosts in a place where they can dry.

11. Add Black Eyes and Mouth to Ghosts

  • When the ghosts are dry, use a black Sharpie or black craft paint to make eyes and mouths on the ghosts.

© 2014 Loraine Brummer

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      5 years ago

      They make some cute ghosts!

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      Loraine Brummer 

      5 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Hi Dianna. Thanks for your comment. The ghosts are super easy to make and unbelievably cute. You'll love making them.

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      Dianna Mifflin 

      5 years ago

      I love it!!! This looks like an easy, fun and cheap Halloween craft!


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