DIY Lantern Ghosts

Can you believe Halloween is almost here?

My kids are beyond excited!  Plus, I am feeling very accomplished since I bought their costumes at the beginning of the month rather than waiting until the day before like I typically do. Please tell me I am not alone here?  Surely you wait until the last minute too?  You know, when there is nothing left except a Care Bear or Strawberry Shortcake costume.  So, this year, I totally deserve the Mother-of-the-Year award since not only do we have our costumes, but we have pumpkins!  In case you missed the pumpkin story, you can read that one here.

We still have to carve our pumpkins, but that will have to wait until a few days before so we don’t end up with moldy pumpkins.

So lately, I have worked hard on trying to think of decorating ideas that are easy for anyone to do.  Today’s Halloween decorating idea definitely falls into that category…EASY!  

Last week I shared my Bowling Pin Ghosts, and today, I have another ghostly decorating idea using Mod Podge and Stiffy!

DIY Lantern Ghosts…

DIY Lantern Ghosts


Here’s how I made them…

DIY Lantern Ghosts


Two different sized lanterns

Stiffy by Plaid

Mod Podge: Outdoor 



100% Cotton Premium Cut Wiping Cloths 10″x 15″

Outdoor LED lights


Step One:  The first thing I did was get several of my premium cut wiping cloths out (you can find these at any home improvement store in the paint section).  These cloths are perfect for this project because they are thin and light weight.  They are also already cut to the perfect size making this project even easier!  

I poured out some Stiffy (fabric stiffener made by Plaid) into a shallow bowl.  

DIY Lantern Ghosts

Step Two:  I dipped one end of my cloth into the Stiffy until it was saturated.  (The other end was left untouched so that it will flow in the breeze.)

Next, I gently draped the stiffy covered end over the top of my lantern.

I continued doing this with each cloth.

I ended up using about 5- 6 cloths on each lantern.  It is totally up to you how much coverage you want, so you may use more or less.


DIY Lantern Ghosts

Step Three:  Leave it to dry for a few hours.  (Or be impatient like me and pull out your blow dryer!)

Once the product is dry, the entire surface will be stiff.

DIY Lantern Ghosts

Step Four:  Using safety pins, I attached a few more cloths to the underside of the lantern.  Again, you can add a lot or a little.  It just depends on the look you are going for.  I only used two.

DIY Lantern Ghosts

Step Five:  I cut out a ghostly face out of black paper, and used my Mod Podge for outdoors to glue it on to my ghost.  Once it was glued in place, I gently went over it a few times to seal it.  This product is great since it is meant specifically for outdoors.  I won’t have to worry about my ghost losing her face in the wind and rain!

DIY Lantern Ghosts

Step Five:  I tied an orange bow to each one… after all, in a house of all boys, some things need to be girls, and if that means my ghosts will be female, then so be it!

Finally I tied in a little LED light that can be turned on and off at the pull of a string, and then I hung my ghosts up in our tree outside.

DIY Lantern Ghosts

I cannot tell you how many pictures I took of these two!!  They were seriously messing with me!  I have no doubt!

They would spin and turn and face each other, but they WOULD NOT FACE ME!  No matter where I moved to take a picture, they would turn the opposite way.  

In this picture, I’m pretty sure they are plotting which way they will turn next….  I’m pretty sure.

But, eventually, they cooperated, and even gave me this wonderful shot…

DIY Lantern GhostsI’m pretty sure the one on the right is practicing her “Booooooooo!!!”


I love them!!!  My little ghostly twins!  I can’t wait to see them all lit up tonight!  If you follow me on Facebook, I’ll be sure to post a pic!

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Bowling Pin Ghosts

My children are beyond thrilled that their mother participated in a Fall Home Tour on the blog a few weeks ago, and therefore already has pumpkins to carve for Halloween.

This truly is a big deal in our family.


You see, years ago, when my boys were 3 and 7, their mother, me, did the unthinkable.


First, I had planned for us to go the local pumpkin patch as a family, but the two weekends we had available ended up getting rained out.

While I was sad that we missed out on the pumpkin patch, I wasn’t too concerned about our lack of pumpkins because I knew if all else failed, I could buy one at the grocery store.

Well, before I knew it, it was the night before Halloween…

…and we were pumpkinless!

So, we all loaded up in the car and headed out to the grocery store to pick one up to carve that night.  

Unfortunately, the first store we went to was sold out.

As was the second, third, fourth and fifth!

At this point, we decided to head home… pumpkinless… with my kids in the back seat crying and I feeling like the worst mother on the planet.

So, I did the unthinkable….

…I stole one.

Oh yes, there is more to that story, but first, let me share with you a fun and easy craft to help you decorate for Halloween…before the night before Halloween!

Bowling Pin Ghosts

Bowling Pin Ghosts


3 Old Bowling Pins


Black Paint Marker

Printer Paper

White Paint


Bowling Pin Ghosts

Step One:  Grab yourself three old bowling pins.  (This is where working in an antique store comes in handy!)  

Bowling Pin Ghosts

Step Two:  Paint the bowling pins white.  

I used three coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White.

Bowling Pin Ghosts

Step Three:  Tie ribbon around the neck of the bowling pin.  (I did this step here because it showed me where my ghost face and letters would fit best.)

Bowling Pin Ghosts

Step Four:  Print out “BOO” letters.  I used a font called “The World is Yours” that I downloaded from www.dafont.com.  

Bowling Pin Ghosts

Step Five:  Shade the back of each letter with a pencil.

Bowling Pin Ghosts

Step Six:  Place a letter, shaded side down, onto the bowling pin.  

Trace your letter.  

Once you remove it, it will leave the traced letter behind.

Bowling Pin Ghosts

Step Seven: Using your black paint pin, color in the letters and create a spooky face on each of your ghosts.

Bowling Pin Ghosts

There you have it!  Super easy little bowling pin ghosts!

So, back to my story… before you start to think horrible thoughts about me!

At the time, we lived in a master planned community, and the weekend before Halloween, our neighborhood had a Monster Mile walk for the kids.  As the children walked down the main street of the neighborhood, there would be staged areas where the children could get their picture taken with hay bales and pumpkins, and their favorite characters would be there along the way passing out candy.

Several of those staged areas were still set up from the weekend before, and as we drove past each one, I noticed each and every pumpkin along the way and I began to feel sorry for them.

You know, because they would be thrown away the next day and would not get to experience being carved for Halloween.

Sniff, Sniff.

So, I begged my husband to pull over at the next one we saw… 

…and I did what any mother would do for her children… I stole a pumpkin!


I know.  I know.

How could I do that?  What a bad example!

Well, that night, in front of the children, I emailed the community manager and let him know what I did.  I explained our situation and what a horrible mother I had been.  I told him I would gladly pay for the pumpkin if he would just let me know how much I owed him.

Of course, he replied and told me he understood. He said I didn’t need to pay anything and they were happy we were able to use it.

Now, every year when Halloween rolls around, my husband has to kid me about the time I stole a pumpkin!!

So, as you see, my children are overjoyed that we have not only one pumpkin, but four!

Please tell me you’ve done something dumb for your children before too?  

Much Love,