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Making a Ghost Light

This cute little ghost light is easy to make and can be used to decorate year after year. This is a guide about making a ghost light.


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October 30, 2011

This holiday craft was created by recycling a terra cotta tray and frosted light globe. It would make a great Halloween centerpiece!

Approximate Time: about 25 minutes




  1. Paint the terra cotta tray using black acrylic paint and set aside to dry.
  2. Use a pencil to draw eyes and mouth onto the globe to resemble a ghost.
  3. Fill in these areas with black acrylic paint.
  4. Place a votive candle or battery-powered candle in center of tray, and place globe on top.

By Rachel's Mom from Wilkesboro, NC

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November 2, 20110 found this helpful

Cute idea!! You could also cut the facial features out of black vinyl and then be able to remove them and use the light globe for another craft after halloween.

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September 6, 20170 found this helpful

I would highly recommend to use a $1 solar light from the Dollar Store. Some kid is bound to grab the globe, and start a big howl, if the globe is heated by a candle.


If you can't afford a solar light, glue sugar cube size rocks at the bottom of the globe to ensure plenty of air flow to cool the globe.

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September 6, 20170 found this helpful

If you use a solar light, you can use wax paper instead of a glass globe.

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