23rd Oct2012

Dancing Ghosts

by Dinah Wulf

My friends (aka my family) are amazing.  So amazing, in fact, that two of them took step by step photos for me while making these awesome dancing ghosts for the front yard for Halloween.  Trina Encinas and Carrie Sparks made these creepy floating apparitions on a dime after seeing them on Pinterest (sorry I don’t have the link!).  Here’s how they did it.


  • Three wooden dowel s (approximately 36”)
  • Three foam balls (Tip: foam floral balls are less expensive than Styrofoam balls)
  • A white plastic table cloth
  • Cheese cloth
  • Scissors
  • Three screws


  1. Insert the wooden dowel in the center of the foam ball.
  2. Cut the plastic table cloth in thirds and place one sheet over the foam ball.
  3. Layer the cheese cloth over the plastic table cloth.
  4. Insert a screw in the center of the top of the ghosts head to keep the layers in place.
  5. Repeat steps one through four for the other three ghosts.
  6. Insert each ghost into the ground forming a triangle.
  7. Tie the ghost’s “hands” together.

There you have it!  Trina mentioned that these are California ghosts, meaning that they did not use the fabric stiffener that the original tutorial they found suggested.  However these ghosts have held up nicely over the past couple weeks!

Thank you, Trina and Carrie!  Love you girls!

For another fun Halloween lawn decoration, check out the tombstones I made out of recycled shoe boxes!



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Dinah Wulf
Dinah is a craft, home décor, & DIY Blogger for www.diyinspired.com, an eco-friendly site promoting repurposing through reinvention. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. Formerly an educator at CSUF and business owner, she now is a full time writer, Curator for Style Me Pretty Living, 3M DIY Expert, and a member of Martha’s Circle. She has blogged for multiple websites including Fix.com, Earth 911, Home Made Simple, and Sprout Online and has been published in a few magazines and ebooks. Her website, DIY Inspired has been recognized by Mashable, Parenting.com, and Buzzfeed.
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