For the Deco Mesh Fans: A Halloween Ghost

This Halloween Deco Mesh Ghost is delightful and not at all frightful. After last week’s Deco Mesh Halloween Topiary, I realized that Crafts ‘n Coffee readers love Deco Mesh crafts. So, a big “thank you” to designer Patty Schaffer for sharing another Halloween Deco Mesh craft with us. Her Halloween Deco Mesh Ghost is just adorable!

How cute is this Halloween ghost made with Deco Mesh? Tutorial on

To make a Halloween Deco Mesh Ghost, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: Two 4” balls
  • Wood dowel, 3/8” x 18”
  • Clay pot, 5” dia. (Patty found hers already painted)
  • Deco Mesh, 10” wide in white (you’ll find it at WalMart)
  • Wire, 20 gauge
  • Wiggle eyes, two 40mm
  • Chenille stems, two white
  • Foamie sheet, 3mm in white
  • Sheet moss, small amount
  • Corrugated cardboard, small piece
  • Acrylic craft paint, black and gray
  • Letter stamps
  • Black ink
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; paintbrush; serrated knife; wire cutters
Boo! Wiggle eyes on a cute Deco Mesh Halloween Ghost


To make a Halloween Deco Mesh Ghost:

1. Paint the wood dowel black and let dry. (Hint: Insert dowel into a scrap piece of STYROFOAM Brand Foam to hold it upright while it dries.)

2. Insert wood dowel into 4” ball. Remove the dowel, add glue to the hole, and reinsert the dowel. Let the glue set up.

3. Push the second foam ball down into terra cotta pot. If needed, trim ball with a serrated knife till it fits. Glue ball in place. Insert dowel into the foam ball, remove, add glue to hole, and reinsert the dowel. Let the glue set up.

4. Cut Deco Mesh into 7” wide strips. You will need about 46 strips for the ghost. Cut the wire into 46, 3” lengths.

6. Roll a mesh strip into a tube shape. Fold in half and pinch at the center, making a “V’ shape. Secure with a wire, twisting to hold the tube tight. Repeat for each Deco Mesh strip.

7. Insert the wire ends into the foam ball. Repeat, till the ball is covered.

8. Form the end of a chenille stem into a flat loop, small enough to fit on the back of a wiggle eye. Glue a wiggle eye onto the loop. Repeat for the other wiggle eye. Let glue set up. Insert the chenille stems into the foam ball. The chenille stems can be trimmed if needed.

Tombstone accent for Halloween Deco Mesh Ghost.

Cut the tombstone from corrugated cardboard, paint it, and stamp on the letters.

9. Cut two arms out of the white foamie sheet. Insert them in between the mesh tubes. Spot glue in place. (Patty chose to not glue the arms in place so that she can remove them when she stores the ghost for next year.)

10. Crumple newspaper and use it to fill the pot up to the top. Glue the newspaper in place. Glue sheet moss over the newspaper.

11. Cut a 2-1/2” x 3-1/2” tombstone from the corrugated cardboard. Paint all sides of the tombstone gray; let dry. Use black ink and stamps to add R.I.P. to the front of the headstone. Nestle the tombstone into the moss and glue in place.

Adorable Halloween Ghost made with Deco Mesh. This one is fun & easy!

Halloween Deco Mesh Ghost by Patty Schaffer

***PLEASE NOTE: The Giveaway is Closed.***

If you’d like to make your own Halloween Deco Mesh Ghost, then enter today’s giveaway for two, 4” balls of STYROFOAM Brand Foam and a roll of white Deco Mesh. This one is going to be quick, as I want to squeeze in one more giveaway before Halloween. So, just chime in below and say “hello,” or what you’re crafting, what the kids will be for Halloween, or whatever. Leave your comment by midnight on Monday, October 7. I’ll announce the winner next Tuesday, October 8. Good luck!

***PLEASE NOTE: The Giveaway is Closed.***

P.S. Today’s giveaway is provided by FloraCraft.

P.P.S. You can see more of Patty’s Halloween crafts in her etsy shop, p.s. it’s in the details. I know you’ll love her style, so go take a look at her little paper lovelies.

Happy crafting.


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112 Responses to For the Deco Mesh Fans: A Halloween Ghost

  1. Marcia Bidwell says:

    This is adorbs!! 💜

  2. Annette Bray says:

    Hi you have such neat ideas. I made a halloween wreath last year using coffee filters and tiny spiders and gouls. I’m looking for ideas this year and I really adore your ghost decomesh in a planter. I have never tried decomesh but I’m gonna try making it and would love winning the giveaway!! Thanks for the ideas!

  3. This is so sweet! You don’t see enough mesh being used in Halloween decorations!

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  5. Judi Kelly says:

    Love, love love it. Thanks, have never used the mesh, but always planned on it. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you! Be sure to share a photo of your Deco Mesh Ghost. Sharon

    • Diane says: I might have to re-work it some but I love, love it and not sure pictures do it justice. It was my first one……and I am very proud, did two more one for my sil and another color theme. I will have to take pictures of them.

      • Diane says:

        Woops I got to jellous and added Christmas vs Halloween, sorry.

      • Sharon says:

        So glad you did — the wreath is gorgeous.

      • Diane says:

        Thank you so much, I just love working with Deco Mesh. I love Martigraw (sp) outlet wreath forms, and now Michael’s is carring them more. I have another one I did it is a candy cane. However, I know this form is about SNOWpeople and I am sorry I high jacked it with Christmas.

      • kidosmom says:

        Did anyone post their Halloween decoration with Deco Mesh, I don’t see any links left by anyone.

      • Sharon says:

        😦 No, no links. Do you have one you’d like to share?

      • kidosmom says:

        No I don’t have any Halloweens. Sorry I don’t do any as I don’t do much but decorate my table for Halloween any more and I don’t purchase Halloween items any more. If I did I would post it gal, I want to win that giveaway. Thanks for asking and thanks for saying how you like my wreath (silver). I will post a Christmas one I did with a Candy Cane form when you do Christmas. Until then take care.

      • Sharon says:

        I love your sparkling, snowflake wreath, Diane. Just beautiful! Thanks you for sharing. Sharon

      • Diane says:

        Oh thank you…

      • Diane says:

        Deco mesh is so fun, it is so easy to work with. Look up on pinterest how to do and it is so simple or youtube. It is not intimidating at all once you get going. You can do it in less than 10 minutes. The one I did with the red took a long time, you have to cute 9 inch pieces and then it just rolls itself.

  6. kidosmom says:

    No need to reply I see that the contest is to make a ghost with Deco mesh. I don’t decorate except for my table. I use to really go all up. My son’s bd is the 29th and when he was 10 years old we did a Haunted house Bd party. Now he is grown up and I just decorate my dining room table.

  7. lorihb says:

    I have a couple of white mesh bath scrubbies with hanging loops that I think I can turn into something similar.

  8. kidosmom says:

    So darn cute. I want to do the Christmas wreath, but that ghost is one of the cutest things I have seen. Where is the contest to enter?

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you! Patty Schaffer made this cutie. I hope you give it a whirl — he’d look so cute on your dining room table, or tucked into a corner somewhere. Sharon

  9. Barbara Hash says:

    This will be a perfect project for my 4-H kids!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. lej619 says:

    have to laugh at my self cause when i first looked at your ghost i thought Snowman. hahah
    but i think i am going to try and remember this and try to make a snowman

  11. SweetYarns says:

    Love this Mesh Ghost and how simple and quick this project is. Thanks for sharing.

  12. I love this one and can’t wait to try it

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  14. Kris says:

    I absolutely love this! It would go great with all my Halloween decor 🙂

  15. Cindy Kolpek says:

    Absolutely love this spooky ghoul! I’d love to make this with my Residents at the nursing home.

  16. Cutest ghost EVER!! Hope to make one soon!!!! Hint hint!!

  17. Paula Collins says:

    This is so cute! Thanks for chance to win Sharon.

  18. Sarah Ann Houston says:

    Getting excited about making Halloween crafts with my kiddos!

  19. Hi Sharon. This is the cutest thing I’ve seen this year. I’m making a lot of things this season. Right now I’m working on fixing a wreath I bought that needs help. That’s my problem, I can’t keep my hands off of anything! There’s a cute pumpkin I’m doing, and I’m painting glass jars and decorating them with vinyl clings.

  20. Denise says:

    I love this, would be so cute sitting on the porch.

  21. Katie says:

    This is so cute! I would love to have this in my home for Halloween.

  22. Christine Beall says:

    This is so cute! Will look super at the library for the kids!!

  23. I have been making Halloween cards and treat holders but now I need to make a deco mesh ghost, how adorable! TFS!

  24. Teresa says:

    This project is so cute! Halloween is my favorite holiday. My daughter’s birthday is October 30th and mine is November 1st and Halloween is in between. So it’s always party time this time of year!

  25. chanzy01 says:

    I know ghost are supposed to make you scream and run away but the only thing this one is doing is making me want to run to the craft store and get all the supplies to make my own little ghost. It’s just to cute for words!

  26. Rina says:

    A ghost that makes you smile! This is just to cute for words and now I’m going to have to make a trip to the local craft store.

  27. Wendy Pesce says:

    I LOVE it!! So cute. We are making my sons costume this year- he is going as a giant lego block! Spray painting a box red and then attaching some red solo cups in a lego block pattern. Should be really cute when we are done!

  28. Ruthie Tomes says:

    Adorable! I am going to have to make several of these: One for me, and several more to give away to my family as gifts. My daughter-in-law, sister, and Mom will all love one! Thanks for showing me how to make one. I hope mine looks half as delightful as yours does. 🙂

  29. So cute!! Wish I was creative!!

  30. Debbie Kaste says:

    Oh my gosh Sharon, this is simply ADORABLE! I’d love to make one for my neighbors kids. Hope I can find time to do so…….they would LOVE it!!!

  31. Adorable! Halloween is my 2nd favorite holiday for decorating!

  32. That is insanely cute! I am pinning it! Thanks for linking to my Halloween Blog Hope and link party!


  33. Denise says:

    This is so cute. I made my first Deco Mesh wreath a week ago and it is so big it wouldn’t fit the door. We hung it in front of a window on the front porch. I love your ghost.

  34. LindaSonia says:

    My goodness but this is the cutest ghost ever!! Love it and would love to win this giveaway!!

  35. Sherry Lykins says:

    So cute! Would be fun to do with my daughter! Thanks for the giveaway!

  36. Lisa M says:

    He’s adorable; love the eyes! Looks quick and easy to make, too.

  37. LisaM6 says:

    Now that is too cute. Love all the fun tuts you have. Soon I hope to try more out.

  38. Kimberley Cook says:

    He is ridiculously cute!!!

  39. Janet says:

    I want to make one!! I looked for the Deco mesh at Walmart but did not find it

  40. Marlene says:

    The ghost is so cute. I love the projects you share with us. Keep up the good work.

  41. Becca Christensen says:

    Halloween is my favorite holiday. This is the best site for ideas!! Love the ghost she is adorable!

  42. laura jones says:


  43. Silvie Armas says:

    What a cute ghost! Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂 Definitely going to give it a try. I’ll let u you know how it comes out.

  44. Diane Whitmarshby says:

    This ghost is so cute. I enjoy the great craft ideas you have here. Thanks.

  45. Theresa Olds says:

    Oh my word, how adorable is this!!! Thanks for sharing Sharon.

  46. Barbara Seidl says:

    I love the variety of crafts you have, Keep them coming! I have never heard of Deco Mesh. I am excited to try it.

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you so much for the feedback. I love hearing what you like (and don’t like) about the crafts I share. Now that you’ve seen Deco Mesh here, I bet you’ll start to notice it everywhere. Happy crafting! Sharon

  47. I Luv them all…very cute and unique!

  48. Geri Johnson says:

    Love this little ghostie! He is adorable! I am going to be making a different kind of ghostie out of painted, glittered & cut up water bottles. I will show them to you when I’ve finished them. 😀

    • Sharon says:

      I’d love to see them, Geri. You make the coolest recycled crafts from water bottles. I’ll be looking for your photo. Thanks for stopping in today. Sharon

  49. I am getting ready for a Halloween/Fall dinner party. Been makind ghost and with shoes to give away as party favors.

  50. Judy Vineyard says:

    couldn’t find where to enter for giveaways would have liked to enter for ghost topiary

  51. Miranda says:

    That is such a cute [and simple] craft! Thanks for sharing!

  52. Jessica Weyrowske says:

    Love this blog, thank you for always sharing such great ideas! My 4 year old daughter is going to be Glinda the Good Witch and my 5 year old son is going to be Lion-O from Thundercats 🙂

  53. mummsie says:

    He is just too dang cute!!

  54. Anne Marie says:

    Hellow – this ghost craft is the cutest ever. I am making halloween treats for my grandsons but none compare to this!!

  55. Denise Royal says:

    Decorating house this week for Halloween.

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