Create Lawn Ghosts for Less!

Posted by on October 27, 2013

Lawn Ghosts for Less

For years I’ve spied a set of three lawn ghosts in Grandin Road’s Halloween catalog. I love them, but the price tag of $89 seems a bit steep to me when I know I can a similar look for a lot less.

This year I finally put the project together, and these lawn ghosts for less look great! It was so much easier than I thought, and the project cost about $44 (plus tax) for materials, and took about 30 minutes to assemble right on the lawn. Here’s what I did to make three lawn ghosts.


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  • 3 36″ Sturdy Stakes (available at home improvement or garden centers)
  • 3 6″ dense Styrofoam® balls
  • 3 white plastic table covers (84″)
  • 6 yds. white cheesecloth
  • Self-adhesive black felt
  • 18 drip irrigation stakes (optional)
  • Glow in the dark spray paint (optional)
  • Staple gun
  • Hammer
  • Scissors

1. Find the hole started in each Styrofoam® ball; bore the hole a bit deeper, about 2 inches, using the pointy end of one of the sturdy stakes.

2. Lay the cheesecloth on the ground (lawn) and, if a glow-in-the-dark effect is desired, spray the fabric with the spray paint as directed on the can.

3. Position the stakes where you’d like the lawn ghosts to be on the lawn, with the pointy side down. Tap into the ground if needed.

4. Place a Styrofoam® ball on top of each stake.

5. Unfold the table covers and place one on each ball, with the center of the cover in the center of the top of the ball. Secure with 2 staples. Fluff and arrange the bottom edge of the table cover for a pleasing look.

6. Using 2 irrigation stakes, secure the edge of the table cover to the ground in the 9 and 3 positions. Tap into the ground with the hammer if needed.

7. Cut the cheesecloth into 2 yard sections. (You should have 3 pieces of cheesecloth.) Place a piece of cheesecloth over each ghost and secure with 2 staples.

8. Secure the bottom edge of the cheesecloth to the ground with 2 more irrigation stakes, this time at the 12 and 6 positions. Tap with the hammer if needed.

9. Cut shapes for eyes and a mouth for each ghost out of the felt and adhere to the “face” of the ghost. (If you don’t have self-adhesive felt, use regular felt or black fabric and secure with hot glue.)

10. If desired, spray the finished ghosts with a bit more glow-in-the-dark paint.

Style the ghosts with tombstones and graveyard fencing.

Lawn Ghost collage