It’s the season for Halloween fun and crafts, and things that go bump in the night. If a Halloween craft sends a few shivers down your spine, it’s all part of the fun. Like this spooky – but fun, Halloween Marquee sign shaped like a ghost. Kathleen George shares how she made this custom, Halloween Marquee sign, and you can make this light-up ghost your own. Use Kathleen’s diagram as a reference, or cut out the ghost according to your own style. He’ll add a haunting “hello” to your home! (Last year, Kathleen shared her DIY, BOO Marquee sign.)
To make a Marquee Ghost Sign, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 1” x 12” x 18” sheet
- Acrylic craft paint in black
- LED mini light strands, two, 9-1/2-ft. each, battery operated with 20 lights each
- 18-gauge wire, 6 – 8 ft.
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; sharp pencil; ruler; serrated knife; bar of soap or old candle; wire cutters; firm paint brush; masking tape
To make a Marquee Ghost Sign:
Using the sharp pencil, draw a ghost on the foam sheet. To maximize the size of the sheet, try drawing your ghost on an angle. If you like, refer to Kathleen’s diagram as you draw. Her ghost measures 18” tall; 16.5” across the arms; and 19.5” diagonally from the tip of the right arm to the left tip of the gown.
- Wax the serrated knife with an old candle or a bar of soap, and cut out. Sand any rough edges with a scrap piece of foam, and smooth with your fingertips, too.
- Trace the outline of the mouth and eyes onto the face. Paint black and let dry.
- Cut 60, ¾” lengths of wire. Bend each piece over a pencil, creating a U. You’ll use these U-pins to hold the light strings in place.
5. Attach the light strings:
- Place the ghost face down on your work surface.
- Start with the light that’s closest to the battery box.
- Position this light at the tip of an arm, placed so that only the light bulb extends beyond the edge.
- Press the light base into the foam sheet. Remove the light, place a dab of glue in the depression, and return the light to its position.
- Insert a U-pin to hold it in place.
- Continue adding lights in this manner, spacing them about 2” apart.
- As needed, use the U-pins to hold the extra wire in place at the back of the ghost.
- Arrange the battery boxes so they hang down below the ghost.
- Form a wire hanger and insert and glue into the back of the ghost.
- Optional: Print out a “BOO” sign and spot glue to the front.
Here is the BOO Marquee sign Kathleen created last year.
Here are a few more haunted Halloween crafts. I think these ghosts are all more fun than creepy!
What’s your Halloween style? Do you go for the scary side, or is your style more sweet?