How to Make a Light-Up 12-Foot Ghost for Halloween

Doodle T and Me!
by Doodle T and Me!
3 Materials
30 Minutes

Unleash the Halloween spirit and create an awe-inspiring 12-Foot Ghost that promises to be the talk of the town – so captivating it could almost be visible on Google Earth! Best of all, this hauntingly impressive decoration is unbelievably simple and comes at an almost free cost.

With a few basic materials and a touch of DIY magic, you can conjure up this towering ghostly figure that's bound to enchant all who lay eyes upon it.

Pumpkins and flowers

Tools and materials

  1. Scrap Lumber – 3 pieces
  2. Gauzy Net Ikea Drape Panels – 1 Pair
  3. White Garbage Bag filled with Newspaper
  4. Battery Fairy Lights – 1 strand

1. Make the armature of the ghost

Find 3 pieces of scrap wood: 2 at 10 feet long and 1 at 3 feet long. Perfect for a 12-Foot Ghost!

Connecting pieces of lumber

Connect the 2 longest pieces and nail. Add the cross piece.

Nailing the wood pieces

2. Make the head of the ghost

Fill 1 white plastic garbage bag with newspaper. Fill it up so it’s firm.

Newspaper for the ghost head

Newspaper ghost head

3. Make the body of the ghost

Use the bag ties to secure the bag to the “neck” of the armature.

Securing the bag to the neck

Gauzy Net Ikea drapes (cheap, cheap, cheap – long and flowy).

Flowy Net Drapes – Amazon LINK.

(Cat Helper is Not Recommended for this DIY) 🙂

Flowy net drapes

To create a flowy ghost body, thread twine through the channel of the panels – tie to make a ring.

Threading twine through the channels

4. Add lights

Now for the magic: add 1 set of battery fairy lights!

Battery Fairy Lights – Amazon LINK.

Drape lights over the head and allow them to dangle down to the “feet”. Secure lights to the head with clothespins.

Adding fairy lights

5. Add the eyes and mouth

Drape the netting over everything, then hot glue the blackest black hollow eyes and mouth to the netting.

Adding the eyes and mouth

DIY light-up ghost

Secure the ghost outside and get ready for nightfall.

Assembling the ghost


Light-up ghost at night
DIY illuminated ghost

All the Best Creepy!

DIY Halloween ghost

Happy Halloween!

DIY outdoor ghost for Halloween

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  • Lainey Lainey on Oct 21, 2021

    Well done! The black kitty adds to the "ambiance"! Is he "Doodle T"?

  • Kerry Kerry on Oct 23, 2021

    Can i get that fab black cat ar amazon too?? ! 😂😂🤣

  • Queenbee Queenbee on Oct 30, 2022

    I loved the look of the curtains, were they expensive? I think they would make a beautiful dress for a ghost bride!

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