Light-Up Plastic Cup Ghosts

These plastic cup ghosts are a fun craft to make with kids – and they are even better when they are all lit upĀ in a garland!Light-Up Plastic Cup Ghosts - a fun Halloween craft for kids

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To make these ghosts we used:

  • Plastic drinking cups
  • Black contact paper
  • Scissors
  • 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.Light-Up Plastic Cup Ghosts - a fun Halloween craft for kids

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!

I quickly prepped each cup by cutting an X shape in the base of each one with a craft knife.Light-Up Plastic Cup Ghosts - a fun Halloween craft for kids

F was very happy to construct funny faces on the cups.Light-Up Plastic Cup Ghosts - a fun Halloween craft for kids

We worked together and finally finished all 15!Light-Up Plastic Cup Ghosts - a fun Halloween craft for kids

I then poked an LED light into the base of each cup. As the cups were so light they didn’t need any additional fastening.Light-Up Plastic Cup Ghosts - a fun Halloween craft for kids

When they were all lit up they looked so cool! My son loves them!

Light-Up Plastic Cup Ghosts - a fun Halloween craft for kids

 

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