These plastic cup ghosts are a fun craft to make with kids – and they are even better when they are all lit up in a garland!
The following post contains affiliate links, which means that at no extra cost to you I can make a tiny bit of money to help support this blog. Thank you!
To make these ghosts we used:
- Plastic drinking cups
- Black contact paper
- 1″ hole punch (optional)
- Wax paper (optional, but advisable!)
- Craft knife
- Battery-operated orange LED lights – I got mine from the local drugstore but you could try these or these.
I had originally intended to make these ghosts out of Styrofoam cups, but I happened to see a cheap set of orange lights and I decided to use the thin plastic cups instead!
I wanted to make the craft as simple as possible, so I decided to use black contact paper to make the face parts. No pens, no glue, no mess. I started to prepare the pieces in advance – the circle punch saved lots of time.
But then I realised one major flaw. Contact paper is SO HARD to remove from its backing. I knew my son would quickly run out of patience and we had 15 cups to decorate!
So after cutting (or punching) out a variety of face parts, I very kindly peeled the backing paper off each one and temporarily placed it on a piece of wax paper. I won’t tell you how many swear words I used but at least I was doing it in private, and not with an impatient child in front of me!
When they were all lit up they looked so cool! My son loves them!