Easy DIY Hanging Ghosts from Fabric Scraps – Spookify your Home for Halloween

Easy DIY Hanging Ghosts from Fabric Scraps – Spookify your Home for Halloween

DIY Hanging Ghosts hanging over dining room table

👻 It’s ghost season! Let’s get rid of some scraps with this no-sew project for Halloween

DIY Hanging Ghosts are a fun and easy way to add to your Halloween decor. In this step-by-step I’ll show you how to create them using fabric scraps and fabric starch. If you have anyone with latex allergies you are in luck – I do too so I figured out how to do it without balloons making it a latex free craft for Halloween.

Once dry, these whimsical ghosties can stand on their own or hang and fly with fishing line. Whether you’re hosting a haunted house party or just want to add some ghostly charm to your space, this DIY project is a must-try. 

DIY hanging ghost supplies

MATERIALS:

  • Fabric scraps
  • Fabric starch
  • A glass w/balloon or other rounded top to use as a form
  • Felt or fabric for eyes / mouth
  • Fabric scissors
  • Fishing line if you want to hang
  • Patience (it takes 12-20 hrs to dry)

 

🎯 SHORTCUTS TO SPECIFIC TOPICS:

00:00 introduction
00:19 Latex free craft tutorial
00:29 What to use instead of balloons
01:08 Dollar Tree Craft Supply
01:27 How to make DIY starch ghosts
02:45 Google Eyes or felt eyes?
03:12 Add felt eyes
04:03 Add string and hang
05:37 Ideas for shaping your ghosts

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👻  Tara Reed

P.S. Is there a sewing tutorial you’d love to see? Leave me a comment and I’ll add it to my idea list!

 

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If you are hosting a Christmas Cookie Party, planning a Christmas Cookie Exchange or just a day of cookie baking with the family or grandkids – I have lots of ideas for you!

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Use these designs for aprons, stickers, put them on shirts, towels, potholders – when you get crafty with your Cricut or Silhouette Cameo the possibilities are endless!

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The Easy Christmas Cookie Cookbook

Keep it simple and have 60+ Recipes to Bake for the Holidays to choose from with this cookie cookbook.

Christmas Cookies Cutters

Christmas doesn’t feel complete without some cookies that require cookie cutters, right?

Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

I don’t think it’s really Christmas until I’m pressing some Hershey’s Kisses into some peanut butter blossom cookies!

Elf on the Shelf Cookies

How excited would kids be to find elf COOKIES? Well you can find out when you make them.

Rudolph Reindeer Oreo Cookies

This fun recipe is great to do with kiddos because eating the ingredients while making is half the fun – and kids LOVE doing that!

Christmas Cookie and Candy Making Crew – SVG files for Cricut

Coordinated or personalized aprons or shirts make a party that much more special.

Christmas Kitchen Helpers – Christmas SVG files for Crafters

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12 Pack Plain Bib Aprons with 2 Pockets

Want to make aprons for your favorite group of cookie bakers? These are great for sublimation as well as HTV with Cricut.

Perfect Every Time Cut-Out Cookies

I used this recipe to make sugar cookies that looked like my husband’s face for his 60th birthday party and they were excellent! Highly recommend them for decorating too!

12 Christmas Baker Print and Cut Stickers to make at home

Print and cut stickers with Cricut, Silhouette Cameo or go old school and use scissors. Or print on paper for tags.

Cookie Packaging

If you are making lots of cookies you might need some packaging. Amazon to the rescue!

Chewy Gingersnap Cookies

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CHRISTMAS FUDGE COOKIE BARS

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Reindeer Easy Christmas Cookies For Kids To Make

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I hope this roundup of Christmas Cookie Party ideas helps you save time searching so you can spend more time preparing for your cookie day – I can smell the deliciousness now. 😋

Here’s to baking Christmas memories with those you love!

Tara Reed

Halloween Fonts

Halloween Fonts

A Roundup of Halloween Fonts

(links in this post to FontBundles are affiliate links – I will earn a small commission if you click and purchase but your price remains the same)

I love fonts – traditional fonts, girly fonts, display fonts, text fonts and seasonal fonts. Today I wanted to share some Halloween fonts for all of your spooky projects.

Whether you are planning a Halloween party for the kids or the grownups, making invitations or getting ready for Halloween scrapbooking there is something here for you.

Free Halloween Fonts

FREE Halloween Fonts – who doesn’t love a free font? The fonts in the FREE section of FontBundles.net changes from time to time so these two may or may not still be free. I’ll cross my fingers for you that they are!

More Halloween Fonts

Here are 10 more fonts I love for all kinds of spooky designs. There is a spider web monogram font that would be great for door signs or to decorate pumpkins. Sweet fonts that would be perfect for DIY trick or treat bags and lots more.

One thing I LOVE about buying fonts from FontBundles.net is you know what to expect. Everyone who sells on the website has to follow the same license policy so you don’t have to keep track of rules for every designer. They are commercial use fonts – read more about the licensing details for specific application.

I hope these inspire you and help with the Halloween crafts and projects you have in mind.  

Have a happy, spooky & safe Halloween!

🎃👻 Tara Reed

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Using your Cricut, Silhouette or Scan ‘N Cut, a potholder or oven mitt from the Dollar Tree and my Teacher Thank You Oven Mitt Bundle (links to buy the bundle are at the bottom of this post) you can make a fun and useful gift for a teacher! Just add baking mix and spoon or spatula to finish it off.

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WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Cricut, Silhouette or other cutting machine
  • Teacher Thank You Oven Mitt designs by Tara Reed
  • Heat Transfer Vinyl
  • Potholder
  • Heat Source (heat press, iron, etc)
  • Parchment Paper or Teflon sheet
  • Surface protector or Ironing Board
  • Cookie, Brownie or other mix and spoon or spatula to put in the pocket to complete the gift!

WATCH THE VIDEO TUTORIAL

This is a 7 minute video showing how easy it is to make these affordable gifts teachers will love and actually use!  Here is a list of times if you want to skip to a specific spot.

JUMP TO…

  • 33 secs – Setting up file in Silhouette Studio
  • 1:33 – Setting up file in Cricut Design Space
  • 2:34 – working with HTV (Heat Transfer Vinyl)
  • 3:03 – removing and weeding your HTV
  • 4:25 – Applying HTV to the Potholder
  • 6:39 – ideas to finish off the gift for teacher!

WHERE TO BUY THE TEACHER OVEN MITT SVG DESIGNS 

I sell on 3 digital marketplaces so you can choose the one that is your favorite and grab your SVG & Cut Files Bundle there! See the affiliate links below. 

 

I used the Cricut EasyPress mini* in the video and find it a handy size for a lot of projects. You can find it on Amazon or at many craft retailers.

The link to Cricut’s heat guide for all of their presses (also mentioned in the video) is Cricut.com/heatguide

 

If you try this craft I’d love to see what you create!  

I’m active on Instagram and Facebook so tag me so I don’t miss it!

Be sure to follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, subscribe to my YouTube channel or follow/favorite any of my shops so you won’t miss what’s new.

Happy Crafting!

Tara Reed

Dollar Tree Craft – Halloween Round Sign Tutorial

Dollar Tree Craft – Halloween Round Sign Tutorial

Dollar Tree Craft – Halloween Round Sign Tutorial

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The Dollar Tree is a great place to get craft supplies on a budget without sacrificing the end results! I had a great time picking out supplies for this Halloween Round Sign that incorporates one of the 4 designs in my Halloween Round Sign SVG and Cut file bundle (links to buy the bundle are at the bottom of this post).

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Here’s what I got at the Dollar Tree:

  • Silver charger plate
  • black decorative mesh
  • asst. ribbon
  • Halloween rose pick (so much fun!)
  • 1 package of googly eyes (all 125 are on my sign!)

Other supplies:

  • Halloween Round Sign SVG and Cut file bundle
  • light sand paper / sanding block
  • glue gun / glue
  • wire cutters (don’t ruin your scissors cutting apart the rose pick!)
  • ruler
  • fabric scissors (to cut your ribbon)

Once I  had my supplies I put my Halloween round sign together in less than an hour. 

It would be a fun craft to do with kids too – but you might want to use tack glue instead of a glue gun so they don’t burn themselves gluing on all those googly eyes!  (jump to the video)

SAND. First lightly sand your charger and roughen up the surface so the vinyl and glue will stick well.

ADD DESIGN. Next, cut your adhesive vinyl and put it in the center of the plate using transfer tape.

MAKE BOW. I made a quick and easy bow by cutting 8-12″ lengths of mesh and ribbon and laying them out in an X formation. Then I grabbed and pinched them in the middle and wrapped it with the wire from the rose with the spooky eye to hold it together. Next I fluffed the ribbon and added more roses and a spider by pushing the wire for the accent pieces through the center so they were held in place too. 

ADD RIBBON HANGER. I scratched the back of the plate with the edge of a screwdriver to help the hot glue hold the ribbon in place better. Glue the ribbon and then reinforce the ribbon by gluing pieces of cardboard across the ribbon in the opposite direction. I used the packaging from the googly eyes (waste not, want not – right?) 

ADD BOW. Scratch the front of the plate with your screwdriver where the center of your bow will be glued for best results and hot glue the bow where desired.

GLUE ON THE GOOGLY EYES! This was my favorite part! I used all 125 eyes in my package from the Dollar Tree. I started by spacing the biggest eyes around the edge of the plate and then just filled in the rest until there were no eyes and no space left.

DECIDE WHERE TO HANG IT. That’s it! It’s so simple and fun! 

WATCH THE VIDEO TUTORIAL

This is a speed video so you can see the whole process in just under 3 minutes! I added instructions at the bottom of the video. There isn’t any talking so if you don’t want to listen to the crafty musak, you can keep the sound off. 🎼

 

WHERE TO BUY THE HALLOWEEN ROUND SIGN BUNDLE

I sell on 3 digital marketplaces so you can choose the one that is your favorite and grab your Halloween Round Sign SVG & Cut Files Bundle there! See the affiliate links below. 

 

If you try this craft I’d love to see what you create!  

I’m active on Instagram and Facebook so tag me so I don’t miss it!

Be sure to follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, subscribe to my YouTube channel or follow/favorite any of my 3 shops so you won’t miss what’s new.

Happy Halloween and Happy Crafting!

👻🎃 Tara Reed