BOO! An easy Halloween ghost craft: DIY A Polka Dot, Halloween Ghost Wreath

I love fun Halloween décor, and take a pass on blood, guts and gore. My new Halloween Ghost Wreath, with a cheerful sprinkling of polka dots, is just right for my upbeat Halloween décor. After all, how could you find a pair of mini, polka dot ghosts scary? If you’re like me, and prefer your Halloween cheerful and not at all fearful, then DIY this Polka Dot, Halloween Ghost Wreath. It’s scary easy, too!

Great wreath for a non-scary Halloween! Easy, too.

To make a Polka Dot, Halloween Ghost Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • 12” x 2” wreath
    • Two, 1” balls
    • 5” cube or other scrap
  • Fabrics:
    • 1/3 yd. white with black polka dots
    • 1/8 – ¼ yd. each of five – six different polka dot prints
  • Plastic eyes or googly eyes
  • Ribbon (for hanging wreath)
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; bamboo skewers; disposable bowl; straight pins

To make a Polka Dot, Halloween Ghost Wreath:

1. Make ghosts:

  • Insert a skewer into each foam ball, and insert other end of skewer into a 5” cube of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, or other scrap piece.
  • Cut two, 10” squares from white fabric with black polka dots.
  • Squeeze several tablespoons of thick, white craft glue in a small bowl. Mix in ½ c. water.
  • Dip fabric squares in glue and water mixture, and let fabric becaome thoroughly saturated.
  • Run fabric through fingers to smooth out and remove excess glue mixture.
  • Drape fabric over balls and arrange folds.
  • Let dry.
How to make adorable, polka dot ghosts.

Arrange the fabric while wet, so it will appear ghost-like when dry.

2. Cover wreath with fabric:

  • Cut fabrics into 1-1/2” wide strips.
  • Pin and glue the end of one fabric strip to the back of the wreath.
  • Wrap fabric strip around wreath, and pin and glue other end to the back.
  • Continue wrapping wreath in assorted polka dot fabric strips till covered.

3. Trim skewers on ghosts and insert into the bottom curve of the wreath. Remove the skewers, add a dab of glue to the holes, and insert again. If the skewers won’t insert through the fabric, make a small hole first using a scissor point. Trim fabric on ghosts as needed. (I cut down the size of one ghost to make him smaller.)

4. Glue plastic eyes or googly eyes to the ghosts and the wreath.

5. Loop ribbon through the wreath, knot ends together, and hang!

So stinkin' cute! DIY Polka Dot Halloween Ghost Wreath on

Optional: Add a few extra pairs of eyes to your wreath!

A couple of years ago, I made a Glow-in-the-Dark Ghost Wreath with mini, cheesecloth ghosts and duct tape.

This wreath glows in the dark with the new glow-in-the-dark Duck Brand Tape! Love the mini cheesecloth ghosts, too.

Here’s another easy wreath idea. I used the same fabric wrapping technique on my Fall Succulent Wreath, but with different fabrics for a completely different vibe.

You won't believe how easy it is to DIY this gorgeous fall wreath!

What’s your Halloween style? The more spirited, the better? Lots of gore? Or are you like me and embrace more of the “rainbows and unicorns” style?

Happy crafting (and Halloween decorating)!

P.S. Guess who stopped in last week on her way across the country on her next Paper Trail tour . . . Sizzix designer and paper artist Eileen Hull! Eileen and her vintage camper Scotty are on their way to the Bella Crafts Connections in Minneapolis, and Eileen is teaching classes along the way. Our visit was too short, but I’m hoping we’ll see her again when she travels back home . . . Travel safe, Eileen!

Eileen Hull on the Paper Trail.

Me & Eileen!


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34 Responses to BOO! An easy Halloween ghost craft: DIY A Polka Dot, Halloween Ghost Wreath

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  5. vrmm26 says:

    Super cute BOO wreath! Love the floating ghosts. Visiting from Link Party Palooza.

  6. Lois S. says:

    Love this. I’m making it today!

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  8. Martha Castle says:

    The ghosts are cute.
    On Fri, Sep 16, 2016 at 12:10 PM, Crafts ‘n Coffee wrote:

  9. LisaM6 says:

    Love the ghosts! To bad we don’t have trick or treaters here. 🙂

    • Sharon says:

      Bummer — those little trick-or-treaters can be so cute! And you don’t have an excuse to stock up on yummy, snack-size treats just for the little “trick-or-treaters” . . . I’m glad you like the wreath, and thank you. It was a fun DIY! Sharon

  10. Mary Ellen Mandeville says:

    I like this polka dot Halloween ghost wreath very much! I am such a fan of your creativity and I enjoy your website a whole lot! Your crafts are just so much fun, Sharon and I love reading your blog!

  11. Angie Dyer says:

    Aren’t these just adorable ghosts with the polka dots! Great job!

  12. CraftyMom says:

    Reblogged this on She's One Crafty Mom and commented:
    You all need to make these, they are so adorable!

  13. Aww SO cute! Great make. I love it. ~ Cobs. x

  14. CraftyMom says:

    So cute!! I can’t wait wait to make my own!

  15. LOVELOVELOVE these ghost wreaths!!! Especially the Glow in the dark one!!! So cool!

    • Sharon says:

      Thanks, Barb! I’m glad you like them — do you like fun Halloween vs. gory, creepy Halloween? Tell me about the Halloween crafts on your list! Craft on! Sharon

  16. Anne Haun says:

    Great wreaths – love the polka dots.

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