DIY Front Yard Ghosts, on a budget!

While looking for inspiration, I saw a picture of ghosts dancing in a circle, holding hands (are they even called hands on a ghost?). It was the cutest thing, not too scary for the grandbabies, and shouldn’t be too hard.

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My recreation, circling one of the maples in the front yard.

We tend to get a lot of rain, a lot of foggy mornings here in northern middle Tennessee, so the idea of buying yards of white fabric did not appeal to me. A trip to the dollar store and two dollars later plus tax, I was all set up for ten ghosts.

DIY Front Yard Ghosts, on a budget!

  • 1 box of 10, 13 gallon white kitchen bags, the kind with ties
  • 1 pack of 10 wire hangers (I have no wire hangers in the closets, had to buy them for a buck)
  • 20 plastic grocery bags*, at least 10 need to be white
  • 1 permanent black marker
No marbles needed for ghosts, the marbles were on witch repair duty.

No marbles needed for ghosts, the marbles were on witch repair duty.

Step 1: open up your hanger. It was neat that the dollar store hangers were white, but any color will work.

Step 1: open up your hanger. It was neat that the dollar store hangers were white, but any color will work.

step 2: Make it kinda straight, bend it in the middle. If one end is longer than the other, that's ok, that will be the back.

step 2: Make it kinda straight, bend it in the middle and wad up one grocery bag in the bend. (the color of the first bag doesn’t really matter)

step 3: Twist the "legs" around the "head" to hold the grocery bag in place.

step 3: Twist the “legs” around the “head” to hold the grocery bag in place.

Step 4: Wad a white grocery bag around the "head" and hold in place while grabbing a trash bag.

Step 4: Wad a white grocery bag around the “head” and hold in place while grabbing a trash bag.

Step 5: Open the non-printed side of the kitchen bag. Slide "head" all the way up into the topmost corner of that side. This is the "front", the printed side is the "back" of your ghost.

Step 5: Open the non-printed side of the kitchen bag. Slide “head” all the way up into the topmost corner of that side. This is the “front”, the printed side is the “back” of your ghost.

step 6: Squeeze around the "neck" and hold.

step 6: Squeeze around the “neck” and hold.

step 7: secure with a bag tie.

step 7: secure with a bag tie.

Step 8: Using a permanent marker, make a ghosty face.

Step 8: Using a permanent marker, make a ghosty face.

step 9: Poke the legs down into the ground for decorating. Tie the front edge of one to the back edge of another to give the appearance of them holding hands.

step 9: Poke the legs down into the ground for decorating. Tie the front edge of one to the back edge of another to give the appearance of them holding hands.

These guys were so easy that it would make a nice project for the kids. Call me silly, but I actually enjoyed making them so much that I went and got another round of supplies. (ok budget blown with the gas mileage, maybe lol)

I put a couple in the grave yard...

I put a couple in the grave yard…

A trail of them "late for the party" entering the yard from the road, through the front garden path. (see how foggy it is this morning?)

A trail of them “late for the party” entering the yard from the road, through the front garden path. (see how foggy it is this morning?)

a somewhat better picture of the "late arrivals"

a somewhat better picture of the “late arrivals”

The view of the front garden from the porch.

The view of the front garden from the porch.

*Last year I bought packs of hanging ghosts and stuffed them with newspaper. At the time of decoration removal, they were soggy, I had to toss them all for fear of “molding” the other decor while in storage. This is why I chose used grocery bags as my stuffing medium. Since there are no holes for “hanging”, they should store quite nicely when removal day comes.

**One last thought. In case you noticed the white toenails, three words (loud) “BLOOD SPLATTER TOENAILS”. I got the third coat of white on last night and sometime today will attempt this other wicked cool thing as seen on the webz!

Pic of my dragon tat until the toes are done. lol*

Pic of my dragon tat until the toes are done. lol (temporary, from a silly girls day, back in the summer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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