How to Make DIY Clay Tea Light Ghosts Using K-Cups

6 Materials
4 Hours

I've seen so many adorable ceramic tea light ghosts for sale for around $70 to $90 for a set. I decided to make my own for a fraction of the price!

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DIY clay tea light ghosts

Tools and materials:

  • Air-dry clay
  • Rolling pin
  • K-Cup
  • Water
  • Craft items for the witch's hat
  • Paint
  • Batty-powered tea lights
Rolling out the clay

1. Roll out the clay

Grab a ball of air-dry clay. Roll out to form a circle.

Cutting out the eyes and mouth using a K-Cup

2. Use a K-Cup to get the shape

Place K-Cup in the center (for spacing) and use a metal straw to poke holes for the eyes and mouth.

Upside-down K-Cup

Remove K-Cup and lift up the clay. VERY gently, place over the top of the upside-down K-Cup.

Smoothing the clay with water

3. Smooth

Dip your finger in water and gently smooth out all edges. Be careful not to add too much water or the clay will fall apart.

Letting the clay dry

4. Dry

Let dry completely (you'll remove the K-cup once completely dry). This may take several days.

If you want to add a witch hat, make sure to also form this with the clay. We used a glue gun to attach ours once it was dry, but it would be more secure if you added it before it dries.

Painting the ghost white

5. Paint

Paint the ghost white with acrylic paint.

Ribbon for the witch's hat

Optional: I painted ribbon the color I wanted, tied it in a knot, trimmed it, and used hot glue to attach it to the witch's hat.

Placing the tea lights under the clay

6. Place the tea lights

Place battery tea lights under and you have the cutest ghost tea lights for under $10 (depending on what supplies you have on hand)!

DIY ghost tea lights

DIY ghost tea lights

These ghostly tea lights are super cute in the dark! What do you think of this Halloween-inspired ghost DIY project? Let me know in the comments below.

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  • Katen Katen on Oct 24, 2022

    Love. Any reason why you couldn’t stack k cups to get different heights? How much fun to make a ghost family representing your family? Add a touch of each personality perhaps?

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  • Nikki Nikki on Jul 28, 2023

    How did you form the hats?

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