How to Haunt Your Yard With a DIY Chicken Wire Ghost Dress
Are you looking to add some eerie charm to your Halloween decor? Join me as I guide you through crafting your own chicken wire ghost dress – a perfect spooky addition to your yard!
If you haven't already marveled at the incredible work of Derek Kinzett, you're in for a treat. He's a true wizard with chicken wire, sculpting mesmerizing pieces that are nothing short of AMAZING! While I can't replicate his mastery, I was certainly inspired by it.
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Let's get started on this DIY ghost decor idea!
1. Measure and Cut Your Chicken Wire
For your ghost's torso, grab a roll of chicken wire and measure out a piece around 15" long and 36" across. Carefully use your wire cutter to snip it out.
2. Form the Torso
Roll your cut wire piece into a cylinder and twist the free ends together to secure it.
3. Shape the Torso
Now, let's breathe life into your wire ghost.
Sculpt the cylindrical torso into a more human-like form. To create a ghostly sweetheart neckline, trim the top of the cylinder.
Gently mold, press, and fold the wire to give your figure its distinct shape – pressing in for a chest and rib-like illusion.
4. Prepare the Skirt
Once you have formed your torso move onto the skirt.
Measure the circumference of the bottom of your torso – this determines the width of your ghost's waist.
Cut out several triangular pieces for the skirt. These pieces will gradually widen as you go down, creating a voluminous hem. For this, you will just cut your wire at an angle all the way down until you have the desired length.
Connect the bottom pieces to the waist of your torso. Hook each of these pieces together, forming a funnel-like shape, this will be the skirt of your ghostly creation.
5. Add Straps
Cut two small strips of wire, fold in the poking ends, and attach them to the front and back of the bodice.
6. Spray Your Ghost With Glow-in-the-Dark Paint
It's time to let your ghost glow! Grab white glow-in-the-dark spray paint and coat your wire creation. This eerie illumination will ensure your ghost stands out even in the darkest of nights.
7. Set the Scene
Place your completed ghost in your desired spot. Bend the skirt in various places to mimic movement.
To up the eeriness, craft tails from the leftover wire pieces and attach them to the waist creating the illusion of motion.
DIY chicken wire ghost dress
And there you have it – a mesmerizing chicken wire ghost dress, all set to give your yard a touch of eerie magic.
This DIY ghost-shaped sculpture is like the missing puzzle piece for your Halloween yard decorations.
I can't wait to hear about your own ghostly creations and any cool touches you've added. Share your thoughts in the comments below
More Halloween Front Yard Ideas
- Chicken wire (Home Depot)
- Work gloves (Home Depot)
- Wire cutters (Home Depot)
- Glow-in-the-dark spray paint (Home Depot)