Simple DIY Halloween Ghost Pillow

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Halloween is almost here! Do you love cute Halloween decor that doesn’t cost a lot and is easy to make? Check out my simple DIY Halloween ghost pillow that you can make in less than 30 minutes. A last minute Halloween addition that will surely become a new favorite!

Black pillow with white ghosts on it surrounded by white and orange pillows

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Simple DIY Halloween Ghost Pillow

When I was a kid I remember making yarn ghosts for fun crafts at home and in school. So when I recently saw a pillow for $29 at Home Goods while shopping with my mom that had yarn ghosts on it, I instantly knew I wanted to make my own thrifty no-sew version!

colorful ghost pillow
My inspiration!

I knocked this out in just about 30 minutes and think that next time I will have my kiddos help me which will make it go even quicker.

Friends when I say this DIY took me 30 minutes I am not kidding. Because honestly, I spent the majority of my time making the darling little yarn ghosts and attaching them to the pillow case. So if you are looking for a fun, quick and family friendly Halloween DIY, you have landed in the right spot!

No Sew Halloween Pillow

Black pillow with white ghosts
Simple DIY Halloween Ghost Pillow

If you know me, you know I am all about the simple projects for seasonal decor. Remember my easy haunted house silhouette craft?

But seriously, how stinking cute did it turn out? I love how it pops on my daughter’s bed in her new beachy teen room! And did I mention this was a no-sew DIY?

Now let me walk you through step by step on how to make this simple and thrifty DIY Halloween ghost pillow.

Supplies Needed for Your Ghost Pillow

Before you start this simple DIY you will want to make sure you have all of your supplies on hand. I had everything except the yarn and black pillow case cover so I ordered both on Amazon! After ordering these two items my project was a total of $14! So budget friendly, right?

Supplies for Halloween Ghost Pillow DIY

Making the Ghosts

Making the yarn ghosts will be the most time consuming part of this project but will also be the most fun part too!

  • In order to make your yarn ghosts you first need to create a template from cardboard. (or you can use your hand or even a notebook if you don’t have cardboard)
  • Take your yarn and wind it around your cardboard template 15-20 times. I chose 15 times so my ghosts would all be the same size. * Note: I used thick yarn which is why I only wrapped it around 15 times. When using thinner yarn you will want to double the number of times you wrap it around your template!
  • Next, gently slip an additional piece of yarn under the wrapped yarn or simply remove the yarn from the template and tie one piece of yarn around the top of the loop. It is best to do at least 2-3 secure knots.
  • Once the top is secure you will then cut the end of the loop to make the bottom of the ghost.
  • Tie a piece of yarn around the top of the ghost to form the head. Optional: stuff some paper in the head to make it fuller.
  • Finally, trim the bottom of the yarn ghost to make it even and use a sharpie to draw on your ghost face.

TIP: Make sure to hold one of the ghosts up to the pillow to get a feel for how many you will want on your pillow. I made 8 total ghosts for my pillow cover which was 12×20.

Wouldn’t these yarn ghosts make a cute garland too?

Attaching the Ghosts to the Pillow Case

Once you have made your ghosts and drawn on their faces get out your safety pins. Do a dry run of where you will want to attach your ghosts. I used the corduroy lines to help me line up the ghosts. If you don’t have lines on your cover you can always use a ruler and chalk to mark your spots.

white yarn ghost

I used a safety pin to attach each ghost to the pillow case. Yep, no sewing involved!

I did this before I put the pillow in the case so it was easier to adjust as I added each ghost. Once I had all of my ghosts attached I stuffed the pillow insert into my new Halloween Ghost pillow and admired my work!

ghosts laid out on pillow cover

So absolutely simple, right?! I can’t believe how well it turned out!

Decorating With Simple DIY Halloween Ghost Pillow

Once you are finished making your simple DIY ghost pillow then the real fun starts. You get to decide where you want to use it around your home.

Immediately I knew it would look so good in my daughter Grace’s room with her all white bedding and orange accent pillows, and boy was I right! The black pillow pops against the orange and white pillow covers!

Halloween Bedding
See more of Grace’s beachy teen bedroom makeover here!

So cute and just like I want my Halloween decor, fun but not spooky!

Simple DIY Halloween Ghost Pillow

So what do you think? Will you give this simple project a try? Where would you use your ghost pillow? I love that even for people like me who don’t do a ton of Halloween decorations this DIY is perfect! Not too over the top and not too cringe worthy.

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  1. I totally flashing back to the 80s!!! Remember that we covered Tootsie Pops like this to look like ghosts added googly eyes and give them out to our friends for Halloween???

  2. I love this little lumbar pillow, Kelly! And you can use it over & over every year! I hope you guys have a great Halloween!!!

  3. This is so stinkin’ cute! And, it looks like something I could do in a few minutes here and there. Perfect craft for even busy days. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity. xo

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