Halloween Glowing Ghost Bust DIY

The Halloween decorations that we see on the internet get more and more creative each year. Every house is littered with incredible homemade decor and characters. So this year, you can finally join the ranks of the incredible decorators. Whether you’re decorating your porch, your living room, or your classroom, these DIY ghost busts are the perfect way to show your love for the Halloween season and the supernatural.

Follow along with these easy to do steps, and by the end, you’ll have a pair of ethereal and ghostly decorations for the season! There’s nothing as spooky and perfect for October than ghosts, so grab your crafting supplies, and get yourself ready to make some incredible ghost busts!

The Ghost with the Light Eyes

Materials

Halloween Glowing Ghost Bust DIY

  • Cheese Cloth or Gauzy Fabric
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Decoupage Glue
  • Fabric Stiffening Spray
  • Box Cutter or Craft Knife
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Foam Head
  • Twist On LED Tea Lights
  • Black Watercolor Paint
  • Paintbrush/Foam Brush
  • Floral Pins
  • Thin Monofilament

Halloween Glowing Ghost Bust DIY

Step 1. Use the box cutter to carve out holes in the eyes, deep enough to fit the base of the tealights.

Step 2. Test the tealights to make sure they are working. Hot glue the bottom of each tealight into the eye sockets. You should be able to turn the tealights on/off by rotating the top, while the base stays securely attached to the foam head

*This is an important step to be sure that the eyes light up on the final project!Halloween Glowing Ghost Bust DIY

Step 3. Using a foam brush, cover the foam head in decoupage glue.

Step 4. Drape a layer of cheese cloth over the bust. As you press the cheese cloth onto the bust, make sure that the votive eyes are unobstructed, so that you can still gently turn them on and off beneath the cheesecloth. This will seem a little tricky, but is well worth the effort.

Halloween Glowing Ghost Bust DIY

Step 5. Let the decoupage glue dry. Apply a thin layer of black water color to the cheeks of the bust, and a few faint lines going vertically across the mouth. This will mimic skeletal teeth.

Step 6. Spread out the cheesecloth along the bottom of the bust, and use the fabric stiffening spray to help the cheesecloth maintain it’s billowy look.

Halloween Glowing Ghost Bust DIY

Step 7. Insert a floral pin or screw eye to the top of the bust and add some clear or iridescent ribbon for hanging. If using the floral pin, you can apply some hot glue to secure it in place.

Step 8. Turn on the eyes, and hang the bust in a dark hallway or outside to scare trick-or-treaters.­

The Ghost with the Dark Eyes

Materials

Halloween Glowing Ghost Bust DIY

  • Cheese Cloth
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Decoupage Glue
  • Fabric Stiffening Spray
  • Box Cutter or Craft Knife
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Foam Mannequin Head
  • Twist-On LED Tea Lights
  • Black Watercolor Paint
  • Paintbrush or Foam Brush
  • Floral Pins
  • Thin Monofilament

Halloween Glowing Ghost Bust DIY

Step 1. Use the box cutter to carve out holes in the eyes, deep enough to fit the base of the tealights.

Step 2. Test the tealights to make sure they are working. Hot glue the bottom of each tealight into the eye sockets. You should be able to turn the tealights on/off by rotating the top, while the base stays securely attached to the foam head.

Note: This is an important step to be sure that the bust can be illuminated when the project is complete.

Step 3. Using a foam brush, cover the foam head in decoupage glue.

Halloween Glowing Ghost Bust DIY

Step 4. Drape a layer of cheese cloth over the bust. As you press the cheese cloth onto the bust, make sure that the votive eyes are unobstructed, so that you can still gently turn them on and off beneath the cheesecloth. This will seem a little tricky, but is well worth the effort.

Step 5. Let the decoupage glue dry. Apply a thin layer of black water color to the cheeks of the bust, and a few faint lines going vertically across the mouth. This will mimic skeletal teeth.

Halloween Glowing Ghost Bust DIY

Step 6. Spread out the cheesecloth along the bottom of the bust, and use the fabric stiffening spray to help the cheesecloth maintain it’s billowy look.

Step 7. Insert a floral pin or screw eye to the top of the bust and add some clear or iridescent ribbon for hanging. If using the floral pin, you can apply some hot glue to secure it in place.


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