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DIY Halloween Ghost; Make It With A Mop!

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If you love a good DIY Halloween Ghost, this is the one for you to try. It’s made with affordable Dollar Tree supplies, and it turns out super cute every time!

There are so many ways to make a Halloween ghost your guests and goblins will love. From white sheets over a tomato cage upside down, to pipe cleaners and cheesecloth ghosts, homemade ghosties are a real trick for your treaters. These spooky specters make a fun Halloween project for you and/or the kids, and it will add something totally cute to the rest of your Halloween decorations.

A DIY Halloween Ghost on a wood platform next to a felted pumpkin.

These cute ghosts are made quickly and easily using cheap supplies that most Dollar Tree stores will carry during Halloween season and beyond. Just some black felt, a mop, and a witch hat will have you well on your way to a sweet little haunted house.

Can I Put These Ghosts Outside?

It’s tempting to put these darlings in your front yard to show them off. But they do need a bit of protection. At the very least, keep them on a covered porch where they are protected from rain or morning frost. But for the most part, these are meant to be indoor décor. They are great for decorating for a Halloween party or just placing them around the house with some Halloween lights for Halloween night. A mantel is a great place for them. Just add a few spiders and pumpkins around them.

Making Your Own Halloween Decor

Homemade Halloween decor is a fun project for kids and adults alike. Few things get you into the spirit, as much as carving a pumpkin or making something to decorate your home. While these definitely appeal more to those who enjoy a “Better Homes and Gardens” type of Halloween, this can be a fun project for anyone.

How do you make a free-standing ghost?

In this project, it’s the jar that will stand your ghost up. So you have to choose the size of your mop head to be just slightly longer than the jar so you have some overhang. If you already have a jar, it’s best to take it with you when you shop for the mop head, just to make sure you get the right size.

What Do You Need To Make A DIY Halloween Ghost?

A mason jar – I had one on hand, but Dollar Tree carries them. This is what will stand the ghost upright. So, choose the height of the jar according to the size of your mop. Remember to leave the mop hanging a bit lower/longer than the jar.

Dollar tree mop head – There are two different types. You want the all-white mop.

Hot Glue Gun – Plus several glue sticks.

Faux leather – I had this on hand from Dollar Tree, but you could also use felt.

Dollar Tree Witch Hat pick – These are by the floral section.

Scissors

How To Make A DIY Halloween Ghost

Supplies gathered on a white surface for making this DIY Halloween Ghost.

Gather all your supplies so you have everything handy.

Cutting into a witches had.
A witches hat with the bottom cut open.

I started by using the scissors to cut a hole in the bottom of the hat pick. It was pretty easy to use the scissors to cut through.

Cutting black eyes from faux leather fabric.
Two eyes cut from faux leather lay on a white surface.

Next, using the scissors, fold the faux leather piece (or felt) in half (the piece was about 1.5 inches by 1.5 inches). I then cut an oval shape with the scissors. Trim where needed to give you the size eyes you want.

The underside of a string mop head.

Flip the mop head over so that the flat bottom is on the top. Place the mop head onto the mason jar. If you want, hot glue it down for it to be more permanent. Just remember to leave the end of the lights outside of the jar to turn it on and off if you are using them. Lights are not required.

Adding glue around the edge of a witch had with a glue gun.
The witch had glued to the mop head.

Add hot glue to the bottom of the hat pick and press firmly on top of the mop head.

Ribbon bow added to the witch hat.

There was a bow on the hat pick that I removed and then hot glued to the top of the hat and trimmed the ends.

Putting glue on the eyes with a glue gun.
The eyes glued onto the DIY Halloween Ghost.

Next, add some hot glue to the backside of the faux leather pieces and press firmly the front of the mop head.

A DIY Halloween ghost made from a mop sits next to a felted pumpkin.

Make any final adjustments, and you’re done.

How To You Make The Ghost Glow Or Light Up

For this, you’ll want some fairy lights from the Dollar Tree or wherever you can find them. They’ll go inside the jar so that the ghost lights up from underneath. If you decide to glue down the mop head to the jar, you’ll want to make sure you leave the on/off switch for the lights outside of the jar before you glue the mop down.

A DIY Halloween Ghost lit up in the dark from underneath.

How to Make Ghosts for Halloween – Printable Instructions

Halloween Ghost: Dollar Tree Viral Ghost Mop

A sweet little ghostie to add to your Halloween decor.
Project Time30 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Craft: Crafts
Season: DIY
Yield: 1 ghost
Author: Tiffany McCauley

Materials

  • 1 mason jar (I had one on hand, but Dollar Tree carries them)
  • 1 Dollar tree mop head (There are two different types. You want the all-white mop)
  • 1 Hot Glue Gun (Plus several glue sticks)
  • 1 Faux leather (I had this on hand from Dollar Tree, but you could also use felt)
  • 1 Dollar Tree Witch Hat pick (these are by the floral section)
  • Scissors

Instructions

  • Gather all your supplies so you have everything handy.
  • I started by using the scissors to cut a hole in the bottom of the hat pick. It was pretty easy to use the scissors to cut through.
  • Next, using the scissors, fold the faux leather piece in half(the piece was about 1.5 inches by 1.5 inches). I then cut an oval shape with the scissors. Trim where needed to give you the size eyes you want.
  • Flip the mop head over so that the flat bottom is on the top. Place the mop head onto the mason jar. If you want, hot glue it down for it to be more permanent. Just remember to leave the end of the lights outside of the jar to turn it on and off if you are using them.
  • Add hot glue to the bottom of the hat pick and press firmly on top of the mop head.
  • There was a bow on the hat pick that I removed and then hot glued to the top of the hat and trimmed the ends.
  • Next, add some hot glue to the backside of the faux leather pieces and press firmly the front of the mop head.
  • Make any final adjustments, and you're done.
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