How to Make a Ghost Door Hanger for Halloween

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.

I stuffed this ghost with plastic bags and sprayed the finished ghost hanger with a sealer so this burlap ghost hanger can be safely hung outdoors. To hang this ghost inside, you could use polyfil for the stuffing and skip the sealer.

One of the really fun part of making Halloween crafts is that you can choose to paint your project following the colors shown or you can get wild and paint with any color you choose. You can also draw facial features or use the one included.

Making burlap door hangers is an awful lot of fun, so when you finish this easy to make ghost hanger, consider one of the other burlap door hanger projects. I hope you enjoy making these burlap hangers as much as I have.

How to Make a Ghost Door Hanger in 5 Steps

1. Cut Out the Ghost
2. Glue the Edges
3. Stuff the Body and Head
4. Glue Together
5. Finish the Hanger

Supplies Needed

  • Burlap (I made this ghost using off white colored burlap, but any color burlap can be used if you paint the ghost.)
  • Ghost Body Pattern
  • Ghost Head Pattern
  • Plastic bags or Polyfil (I used plastic Walmart type bags and cut the bags in strips for stuffing)
  • Craft glue (I used Aleene's Tacky Glue)
  • Craft paints and brushes

1. Cut Out the Ghost

  • I folded the burlap in half and pinned the pattern pieces to the burlap. I cut around the pattern pieces adding about 1/4". This is the area that I spread glue.

2. Glue the Edges

  • Apply glue on one body piece, leaving an area open for adding stuffing. I left about a 4" area open, on the head end.Glue the head in the same manner.

3. Stuff the Body and Head

  • Use plastic bags or polyfil to stuff the body and the head to a soft stuffing. Don't try to stuff tightly. Then glue the openings closed.

4. Glue Together

  • Glue the head to the body. Now comes the really fun part.
  • Paint the body white. You'll want to give the ghost a couple of coats of white paint. Let dry between coats. Craft paints don't take very long to dry, so you can put a second coat on pretty quickly.
  • When the white paint is dry, paint on the eyes, nose and mouth. Paint the word BOO on the body.
  • Be inventive and fancy up the letters with dots, stripes or dashes. I like to use a Q-tip when I want to make larger dots. I used a little gold paint and brushed a bit of paint around the outside edges of the body and head.
  • Add a colorful bow by the ghost's chin.

5. Finish the Hanger

  • I found that it works best to thread the hanger wire in place before sealing the project.
  • Give the front a coat of sealer, let it dry and give it another coat. Do the same this to the back side of the ghost.
  • Add a raffia bow to the top of the wire. You can put the raffia on either before or after sealing the ghost hanger.

Burlap Door Hangers: A Ghost, A Witch, An Owl and a Cat

© 2013 Loraine Brummer

Would You Make a Burlap Ghost Door Hanger? - or leave a message and say "Hi!"

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    • lesliesinclair profile image


      6 years ago

      Not me, but it's such a happy Boo!

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      6 years ago

      I like the cat! The ghost is my second favorite. :)

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      Art Inspired 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this fun project. Make it a creative day!


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