People Are Making Ghosts Out of Chicken Wire for Halloween—and You Can, Too!

The latest trend takes do-it-yourself Halloween decor to the next level!

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From intricately carved jack-o’-lanterns to spiderwebs draped from trees, some neighbourhoods really go all-out on Halloween decorations. The latest trend in spooky outdoor accents, however, takes do-it-yourself Halloween decor to the next level: chicken wire ghosts. And the haunting figures are so realistic, you’ll have trick-or-treaters running amok!

Each ghost is formed with a frightening amount of chicken wire. The reason people seem to adore them so much really comes down to how realistic they are. The chicken wire holds any shape it’s folded into, so you can make any character to haunt your front yard. And Halloween is the perfect time to showcase all the arts and crafts skills you’ve developed over the last year!

How to Make a Chicken Wire Ghost

Fortunately, these ghosties really aren’t that hard to make. First, you’ll need to pick up several rolls of chicken wire from your local hardware or home store, depending on how many figures you intend to make.

Now, you’re probably wondering, “How do you sculpt a chicken wire ghost?

And the answer to that is…mannequins! For people who sew or happen to have a mannequin or dressmaker’s form around, this is the perfect Halloween DIY for you. Wrap the chicken wire around the form, bending the wire to the desired shape, and attaching the various limbs with snipped ends of wire. Then, remove the mannequin, and either paint the chicken wire for that ghastly pale look, or add some LED or fairy lights to the bottom to give off an eerie glow.

Next, check out these pumpkin carving stencils for your best jack-o’-lanterns ever.

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