Ghost craft idea hanging outside

It’s spooky season, which means getting those fall and Halloween decorations up. I always like to add some homemade stuff to our holidays, especially stuff made by the kids. This week we put together this adorable outdoor hanging ghost craft for kids, and they’ve been catching the wind in our yard ever since.

We all have colds this week, which means none of my kids can go to school. I’ve talked before about how I wish I could just homeschool, but since that’s not an option I am making the best of everyone being home.

My mom actually saw a version of these on Pinterest and brought over the materials… Thanks mom!

Anyway, we had fun making a spooky Halloween decoration that (so far) holds up to the weather outside.

Is there an easier version of this ghost Halloween craft?

If you were planning on keeping the ghosts inside, then you could easily make these with less durable materials. Personally, I’d use white paper cups for the ghosts and then crepe paper or white streamers for the dangling bits.

This craft would be a lot easier for the kids to do on their own with those materials. You could use regular glue for the crepe paper, and won’t need permanent markers for the ghost faces.

Cute ghost craft hanging outside

How much did these spooky ghosts cost to make?

I hate when I pull up a craft idea and there’s $50 worth of materials to pick up. Since we used the drill, this craft only cost about $6. Everything was from the dollar store!

Can you use glue instead of tying?

Yes! We actually were just out of hot glue sticks. One thing I find, though, is it can be tricky to get plastic to stick together with hot glue. Super glue might work better.

If you’re keeping them inside then it’s less of a concern.

What you’ll need to make this ghost craft for kids

  • Drill with a drill bit that can make holes large enough to string your sheeting through, but not too big to crack the cup
  • Sturdy plastic disposable cups
  • White vinyl tablecloth (find this in the party section)
  • Black perminant marker
  • String (for hanging)

How to make this ghost craft for kids

First of all, drill a hole in the top for the string.

Drilling a hole in the top of the ghost craft

Next, drill holes around the rim of the cup. Space them out as close or far apart as you want.

If your holes are too small, circle the drill a bit to make the hole wider. Also make sure you rub off all the sharp plastic pieces before giving the cup to a child to work with.

Once they’re drilled, have the kids draw ghost faces on the cups. Make sure they turn the cups upside down so the faces are the right way!

While they’re drawing cut the vinyl tablecloth into strips. You can make them as long or short as you’d like, but leave enough room for tying.

Older kids can do the cutting too.

Next, attach the hanging string. We used ribbon but twine would work better. Tie a knot on one end and then pull it up through the top of the cup.

Kid's ghost face craft

Now this is the tricky part. Roll the ending up so it’s narrower and feed it through the holes around the bottom of the cup. Tie knots, but don’t pull them too tight because the cheap tablecloth will rip.

You’re done! Hang it on a tree outside for a spooky outdoor decoration.

Will it hold up outside?

By using sturdy plastic cups and vinyl you’re going to get a more durable decoration than something made of paper. Still, if you have particularly bad weather these might not last.

If you’re concerned about them breaking, hang your ghosts under a covered porch away from the rain.

Ghost craft idea hanging outside

Hanging Ghost Craft for Kids

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Estimated Cost: $6

These spooky ghosts will look super cute hanging in your yard for Halloween!


  • White plastic disposable party cups
  • White vinyl tablecloth
  • String (for hanging)


  • Drill and drill bit
  • Permanent marker


  1. Drill holes in the top of the cup and spaced out around the rim.
  2. Draw a ghost face on the cup. Make sure the cup is turned upside-down!
  3. Cut the vinyl tablecloth into strips.
  4. Tie a knot in the string then pull it through the hole on the top of the cup.
  5. Thread vinyl strips through the holes around the cup's rim, then tie.
  6. Use the string to hang outside!


For a more kid-friendly craft, use paper cups, white glue, and crepe paper. Then display indoors instead.