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Halloween Decoration: How to Make Human-Size Ghosts (page 1 of 3)

Chicken wire and gauze come together to create ghoulish ghost figures that can stand on their own or fly from the trees.

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These lightweight ghosts are right at home in a haunted house, flying from a tree or standing on a porch or patio to greet trick-or-treaters.

If you want to hang your ghosts from a tree or porch, you can make half figures which are just the torso, head and legs. You'll leave the fabric long so it billows in the breeze.

If you want a full-size standalone ghost, you'll need to add the legs and skirt to the figure.

Step 1: Cut Chicken Wire

Wear protective gloves and cut a 24-inch length of chicken wire from a 1-inch (cell) roll of chicken wire.

Step 2: Form the Shape of the Head

Bend chicken wire over a head form or use human head-sized ball like a basketball. Bend the excess wire towards the back. Form a rough neck shape. Remove the head form and reshape as needed. Set wire head aside for later.

Step 3: Form the Torso

The torso will consist two pieces; an inner and outer to give the ghost figure extra support.

For the outer torso piece, cut a 40-inch piece of chicken wire out of the 1-inch cell. To create the torso cylinder, overlap ends and twist. The tube cylinder is 24 inches high. Pinch cells to form waist and shoulder points (below, left).

Create an inner torso cylinder out of the 2-inch cell chicken wire (below, right). Make the diameter smaller than the outer piece at its small point.

Step 4: Create Support

Fit the inner torso piece into the outer torso. Use scrap pieces of wire to hold the two pieces together.

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