Trash Bag Ghost

by Noreen Doll.

Preschoolers will love making this easy Trash Bag Ghost. It can be made from things you already have around the house.

And you will LOVE the face drawn by your preschooler or toddler!

What You Need

1 white kitchen trash bag

Newspaper, Plastic Bags, Packaging Paper

Black Marker

Piece of string, long, if you want to use it to hang your ghost high

What You Do

1. To make your trash bag ghost, you need to crumple several sheets of packaging paper or newspaper. Or use a bunch of plastic grocery bags from your stash.

I uncrumpled my packaging paper some because it was too tightly twisted for my project.

2. Put them in the bottom of the trash bag until you have enough to make a nice size head.

Gather the bag under the papers – firmly enough to make the head fairly solid.

Wrap one end of the string a few times around the “neck”, under the head – and tie tightly. Leave one end of the string very long so you’ll have enough to tie around a tree branch and allow the ghost to hang down.

3. Use the black marker to make a spooky face!

(Oooopsie! While I was trying to take the photo, the Sharpie made a mark under the eye.

No problem – a little alcohol on a piece of paper towel will wipe it right off, if you don’t let it dry too long.)

4. Before you hang the trash bag ghost, pull the string up behind the head and tape it to the top of the head in back so the ghost will hang straight up.

Packing tape will hold better than the cellophane tape I used.

If you want your ghost to hang face down so you can see the face from below – which you may wish to do, if you have small children – don’t tape the string to the back of the head.

Tie the long end of the string to a high tree branch, or the ceiling. Fluff out the trash bag ghost so it will catch a breeze and swing.

Make several more for a ghostly gathering.

 Noreen Doll

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  1. I made one this week too but used a milk bottle. They are such great fun.

    Visiting via Creative Mondays

  2. Wow such a simple but effective ghost!

  3. Brilliant! We have a few of these hanging around our patio and garden just now – and they’re also doing a great job of keeping the birds off our outdoor furniture!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  4. we have made these before easy to make and frugal decor as well

    come see what i shared at

  5. Thanks for the great and inexpensive idea!

  6. Hi Noreen! I checked out your about page, and was happy to see your grandmother’s sewing machine. Please check out this post about my grandmother if you have a moment. I think you might appreciate it.

    The ghosts are so cool! I did something similar a few years ago, but mine were smaller. I like your’s better ;).

  7. These are soooooooooooo great!:)
    We don’t celebrate Halloween so I’m not familiar with all these decor-stuff, and I just love these

  8. i remember making these back when i was a kid! awesome memories! thanks so much for linking up to tip-toe thru tuesday.

  9. Super cute, super easy and inexpensive. Excellent!

  10. He’s so cute….
    LOVE his smile~
    I bet hte kids have fun with him………..

  11. Wow, what a simple and adorable craft for kids!! This is one I think we will have to try, we have tons of trees in our yard that would look adorable with these ghosts!! Stopping over from A Pinteresting Party! Wishing you a wonderful week!!

  12. I hope there are lots of ghosts flying all over! Thanks for visiting.

  13. super cute. I love all the cheap ways to decorate that I don’t need to store until next year. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful week.

  14. KISS. Love that principle. Applies here. Very good. Anyone can have a great halloween decor this way. Thank you for sharing it on our blog Fine Craft Guild.

  15. So cute, as always. I have a great tree in my front yard that needs a few ghosts. Thanks for sharing at my Our Favorite Things Link Party.

  16. My kids want to decorate for Halloween this weekend and this is an easy decoration each of them can do.

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