Crafts & DIY
Couple use chicken wire and LEDs to make glowing dementor-inspired floating “ghost” decor
It's never too early to start decorating for Halloween. Is it? 👻🙀
Elijah Chan
09.06.22

It’s almost autumn and you know what that means.

All things Halloween!

Halloween, arguably, is one of the most celebrated occasions in the world.

Every year, candy sales spike and children aged 3 to 25 go door to door to take a piece of the candy hoard.

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One of the most exciting parts about this “holiday” is decorating.

People prop up their neighborhood scare-houses or just adorn their homes with ghosts, blood, and gore.

One couple showed how your decorations can stand out without tipping your neighbors to call the police.

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This project may not be as in-your-face scary as other decorations, but it’s subtle, creative, and surreal-looking.

Wicked Makers create a variety of props.

The popular YouTube channel hosts build a “ghost” prop for Halloween in this episode. You might be thinking that this is just a hanging white blanket.

That’s still pretty cool and time-saving, but it won’t hold a candle to this project.

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YouTube Screenshot - Wicked Makers

To make your own “ghost”, you’ll mainly need chicken wire, tools to handle chicken wire like pliers and wire cutters, and a mannequin.

The mannequin can be difficult to find but you can always use a sibling or a friend to pose for you.

Wrap chicken wire around your mold.

In this video, Wicked Maker used a mannequin. They dismantled the head and the arms to make the wrapping easier.

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YouTube Screenshot - Wicked Makers

Shape the wire

Squeeze and press the chicken wire so that the mesh can adopt the mold’s shape.

You can cut the wires in specific places, like the sides, so you can compress the mesh for a tighter shape.

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YouTube Screenshot - Wicked Makers

Do this on the mannequin’s body, arms, and head. With these three pieces, you can already make a lawn ghost.

Unlike the white sheet, the chicken wire will make a “transparent” illusion, much like how people describe the translucence of ghosts.

Next, assemble all the pieces.

You can remold the arms to make the pose much more dynamic.

In this video, the creators extend the arms outward so the ghost can look as if it’s reaching out to the guests.

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YouTube Screenshot - Wicked Makers

Then, you can make a trailing mesh below the waist to make it look like the ghost is flowing. Make sure that the shape you’re making is rigid enough to hold itself.

You can now add some colors.

Make sure to place your ghost outside your workspace, especially when you’re using spray paint.

The couple recommends using glow-in-the-dark paint to make your ghost pop out from the background, especially at night.

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YouTube Screenshot - Wicked Makers

You can also add some props.

They gave their ghost a lantern for this video.

But for your project, you can use battery-powered candles, a skull, or better yet, instead of placing the head mesh on the ghost’s shoulder, you can place it on its hand.

Then, watch your neighbors stop and stare at your ghost with amazement.

One of the best things about chicken wire ghosts is that they’re a bit light compared to other scary statues.

YouTube Screenshot - Wicked Makers
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YouTube Screenshot - Wicked Makers

Using a fishing line, you can hang it under your tree or your awnings.

You can check out the couple’s channel for other Halloween props like a floating wine bottle or a witch’s cauldron.

See this dementor-inspired ghost come to life in the video below!

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By Elijah Chan
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Elijah Chan is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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