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From festive to frightening, make your home boo-tiful with these ghostly Halloween crafts projects.
Start a ghost gallery with this do-it-yourself art installation. Download our free ghost patterns and resize to fit the glass you will be using. Trace onto white paper, mark the eyes and noses with black marker, and cut out the shapes. Sandwich the ghouls between sheets of glass from document frames or old picture frames, or have pieces custom-cut at a glass store. Use black fabric tape or book-binding tape (available at crafts stores) to seal the edges. Display on a shelf or mantel with seasonal trims like bittersweet and mini pumpkins.
Make a spooky centerpiece from a stack of old books and some pop-up ghostly shapes. To make this project, cut two basic ghost shapes from pages in the middle of a book, leaving the bottoms attached to their pages. Hold up each ghost with a touch of tape. To complete this haunting centerpiece, use a hole punch or marker to make eyes for each ghost.
Hang this apparition-adorned wreath on your front door to greet Halloween guests and scare away mischievous tricksters. In a well-ventilated area, spray-paint a grapevine wreath white; let dry. Place a sheet of waxed paper on a cutting board and roll out white oven-bake clay (such as Sculpey) to 1/8-inch thick. Using the photo as a guide (or our free patterns), cut out two ghost shapes from the clay with a crafts knife. Bake the shapes in the oven according to the manufacturer's instructions. Once cool, glue the ghosts to the wreath with strong glue (such as E6000). Tie a gauzy ribbon in a bow and attach it to the wreath with wire.
Set a ghostly theme for your haunted house with a simple handmade doorknob hanger. Trace a ghost shape (mimic ours or create your own) onto white cardstock; cut out. Cut a hole in the center for a doorknob, and add eyes and a message with marker (or print them onto the cardstock before cutting out the design).
Editor's Tip: To keep the ghost from getting stuck in the door, adhere the ghost to the door with a small piece of tape.
Send shivers up guests' spines with candles that cast a ghostly glow. Purchase a ghost stencil and add an etched design to a glass hurricane: Secure the stencil to the glass with tape or spray adhesive (or transfer the design onto adhesive-back paper and adhere it to the glass). Use a paintbrush to cover the design with a thick layer of etching cream. Let the cream sit for 5 minutes and then wash it off with water.
Since white objects are highlighted at night, ghostly door decorations made from painted gourds are sure to catch the eye and chill the heart in the dark.
A treat for little fingers, these pudgy meringue poltergeists aren't tricky to make. Squeeze conical shapes from a pastry bag, bake for a few minutes, and let dry. Then paint on pairs of beady little eyes with black icing and a small paintbrush.
A string of paper-globe lights becomes a legion of ghosts with a few simple modifications. Cut squares of white gauzy fabric large enough to cover the globes with extra length to hang down. For each ghost, snip a slit from one side to the middle of the square and slip the fabric over the globe. Cinch the fabric below each globe with black ribbon or tassels.
No scary ghosts here -- these cupcake ghosts are easy to assemble.
1. Start with store-bought or homemade cupcakes dusted with sugar.
2. Place three marshmallow slices on top of each cupcake.
3. Place two small mint candies in between the top and middle slices of marshmallow for eyes; use frosting to help make them stick.
4. Put a candy-coated chocolate between the bottom and middle slices of marshmallow for the mouth; use frosting to help secure the candy.
This friendly ghost does double duty as a party invitation and as a decoration to hang in your home.
Made from small gourds, these fiendish friends are trimmed with crafts-foam accents.
Food always tastes better when served on a stick. These cereal-treat ghosts are dipped in melted candy coating for an extra special treat.
Recruit these ghost-shape coasters to protect your table at your Halloween party. Download our free pattern, trace the pieces onto tracing paper, and cut out. For each ghost, cut one body from white rubber nonadhesive shelf liner, one circle from white crafts foam, and one mouth from black crafts foam. Punch two eyes out of the black crafts foam with a 1/4-inch circle punch. Glue the face pieces in place with crafts glue. Center the white crafts foam circle on the back of the ghost and glue into place.
This hot white chocolate drink looks even spookier with a ghost-shape marshmallow floating in it.