DIY cute ghost yard stake

DIY Halloween ghost yard decoration. How to make a cute wood ghost easy with your scroll saw.

How to make a super cute ghost for your outdoor Halloween decorations

Between my online business and being a mom to four little girls I seriously don’t know where I find the time to make things for myself but I do lol! Like this cute outdoor ghost stake I HAD to make for our front yard. I had been slacking the last couple years with holiday decorating. Usually I go all out but lately I just hadn’t been up to it. So for this fall I decided I was getting back in my holiday décor groove! And this adorable little ghost is just one small part of my DIY fall/Halloween decorations. Check out this DIY PALLET SIGN I made, it’s actually a school spirit sign but with our school colors it ties in perfectly with our fall décor!

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And this fun witch’s brew coffee mug I made using my Cricut and some vinyl. And just one more… this rusty pumpkin I made from mason jar lids. So cute!


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DIY CUTE WOOD GHOST CUTOUT

If you don’t want to read the tutorial you can scroll to the bottom to watch the video tutorial or go here to watch it on my crafty YouTube channel.

Here’s what you’ll need

Fist you want to draw the outline of your ghost onto the wood you’re using. We had some leftover OSB so that’s what I used. I also used this same OSB wood to make this pallet sign on the letter cutouts. We had made triple loft beds for the older three girls and WAY overbought for the project lol! So now we have a full sheet and a half still left over.

DIY cute Halloween ghost decoration for your yard. How to make an adorable wooden ghost for fall

Then cut out your design on your scroll saw. Honestly this probably would have been much easier if I used a jig saw BUT this is what I had to use and it still worked pretty good to get the job done.

DIY cute Halloween ghost decoration for your yard. How to make an adorable wooden ghost for fall

Once you have it all cut out give it a quick sanding to knock down the rough edges. I used a 120 grit sandpaper on my Ryobi sander.

DIY cute Halloween ghost decoration for your yard. How to make an adorable wooden ghost for fall

Then paint your ghost cutout all white. I didn’t paint the back of mine and I really wish I would have. I used a leftover paint we had in our garage but you can use acrylic for yours if that’s what you have.

DIY cute Halloween ghost decoration for your yard. How to make an adorable wooden ghost for fall

After your white base coat is dry on your wood ghost you can start doing the artsy stuff :)! I like to sketch out my design before I start painting. This way if I make a mistake it’s much easier to fix it vs painting it, messing up big time, then wanting to throw it across the floor lol! I sketched out eyes, eyebrows, eyelashes, mouth, and then I used an off brand K-cup to draw my circles for the large polk-a-dots. {actually I painted the cheeks before I traced the circles but if I was thinking I would have traced those first}

DIY cute Halloween ghost decoration for your yard. How to make an adorable wooden ghost for fall
DIY cute Halloween ghost decoration for your yard. How to make an adorable wooden ghost for fall

To paint the cheeks you need pink and white paint and I also used a stencil brush but you can use a round brush for this step. Dip your brush into the pink paint then dip one side into the white, but just a little bit of white. Then swirl it around in a circle at the corner of each side of the mouth. Add more white if you need just a little more highlight in there.

DIY cute Halloween ghost decoration for your yard. How to make an adorable wooden ghost for fall

Then paint the other facial details, except for the mouth. Somehow I forgot to paint the eyelashes so I did mine later but you can go ahead and paint those now too. I used a round brush for the eye painting and a fine flat brush for the finer details.

DIY cute Halloween ghost decoration for your yard. How to make an adorable wooden ghost for fall

Now paint all the polk-a-dots. I used orange and black for my dots. I painted the large ones in with a paint brush. I used a medium sized round sponge brush {black dots}, a small sponge brush {orange dots}, and the wood end of the small brush for even smaller dots . I didn’t plan any of these out too much, just kind of scattered them wherever they looked best.

DIY cute Halloween ghost decoration for your yard. How to make an adorable wooden ghost for fall
DIY cute Halloween ghost decoration for your yard. How to make an adorable wooden ghost for fall
DIY cute Halloween ghost decoration for your yard. How to make an adorable wooden ghost for fall
DIY cute Halloween ghost decoration for your yard. How to make an adorable wooden ghost for fall

When the cheeks are dry you can paint the mouth of your wood ghost using black paint and a fine paint brush.

DIY cute Halloween ghost decoration for your yard. How to make an adorable wooden ghost for fall

Add the white features to the eyes. I used a white paint pen and made a curved line on one side of each eye {be sure you are making them on the same side of each eye} and I added a dot towards the outside of the other side of the eye then a little accent dot right above that dot.

DIY cute Halloween ghost decoration for your yard. How to make an adorable wooden ghost for fall

Using a paint pen I made a long dash line all the way around my ghost and I also added dashes on each circle. For the outline and all of the orange circles I used a black paint pen. For all the black circles I used a white paint pen. Btw….isn’t my little helper just the cutest?!! This is daughter #4 <3

DIY cute Halloween ghost decoration for your yard. How to make an adorable wooden ghost for fall

Since this will be outside I sprayed mine with this indoor/outdoor clear satin Krylon sealant.

DIY cute Halloween ghost decoration for your yard. How to make an adorable wooden ghost for fall

Attach your stake part to the back of your ghost using Gorilla wood glue and a brad nailer. I really like this Ryobi one I use. My husband has one that I would use before I got my own and omg what a world of difference. You can read more about why I chose to go with Ryobi power tools here for my crafty business.

DIY cute Halloween ghost decoration for your yard. How to make an adorable wooden ghost for fall

I made a super simple pinwheel bow to make my wood ghost a little more girly. These are also super adorable bows to make for your little girls to wear in their hair. We have tons of these that I’ve made over the years for my own four little girls. Then attach the bow with hot glue.

DIY cute Halloween ghost decoration for your yard. How to make an adorable wooden ghost for fall
DIY cute Halloween ghost decoration for your yard. How to make an adorable wooden ghost for fall

Once the hot glue is totally dry you can stick your wood ghost in the yard. I absolutely LOVE the way this little cutie turned out! Even when our girls got off the bus they got so excited because she is just sooooooo darn adorable!

I have a few more of these wood yard decorations to make so be on the look out for a DIY CANDY CORN and a DIY FRANKENSTEIN wood stakes.

Let me know below what you think of this DIY HALLOWEEN CRAFT.

DIY cute Halloween ghost decoration for your yard. How to make an adorable wooden ghost for fall

Watch the full crafty tutorial below