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Do It Yourself Spooky Milk Jug Ghosts!

Ok, so making ghosts might be one of my favorite Halloween activities. You may have already figured that out by my Coffee Filter Ghosts post. But hey, one more ghost craft can’t hurt! This is the one time of year we want a house full of them!

Here is what you’re going to need:

  • Clean Milk Jug
  • Sharpie Marker
  • Xacto Knife OR Scissors
  • Glue
  • Cheesecloth
  • String, Fishing wire, or Dental floss (anything you can use to string this guy up)
  • Glow Sticks (you can find them at the Dollar Tree)

The first thing you want to do is wash out your milk jug. Once you have the inside clean, fill it up with water and recap (this will keep the jug from floating). Next, fill up the sink with soapy water and place your jug in it. Make sure there is enough water to cover the labels on the jug. Let the jug sit in the water for at least 30 minutes. You will see the labels start to look like this…

Once the labels start to pull back, peel them off gently. Pull the jug out of the water and let it dry.

Once it is completely dry, grab your Sharpie and draw a ghostly face.

Now, use your drawing as a template and cut out the eyes and mouth you created with your Xacto or scissors.

While your cutting, punch one hole on either side of the milk jug. Cut as close to the lid as possible.

Grab your Sharpie once more and outline the holes you just made. The outlining will make the face stand out much better later on.

Now, take your cheesecloth and measure it out so that there is plenty of it hanging off the jug. Repeat the process so you have two layers of cheesecloth hanging over your jug.

Once you have it laid out the way you want it, glue the cheesecloth to the lid of the jug. Do not glue the lid on the jug itself! You want to be able to put the lid off and on when you want.

Let the jug sit until the glue has dried.

Once it has, remove the lid (so the cheesecloth is removed). Now, take your string or fishing wire (whatever you’re using) and thread it through the milk jug. Now, replace the lid and thread the string through the cheesecloth and tie it off so that you can hang your ghost.

Ok, once you’re ready (at nightfall), grab your glow sticks. Crack one of them open so it is glowing. If you got the glow sticks at the Dollar Tree, they should come with a cap and some string. Thread the string through the cap of the glow stick so that you can hang it.

Now, take the lid back off of the milk jug and place your glow stick inside. Let the strings of your glow stick hang over the mouth of the jug so that once you close the lid again, it holds the glow stick in place.

(Yes, I did things out of order and didn’t outline the pieces I cut out yet). Replace the lid once your glow stick is hanging where you want it and drape the cheesecloth back over the jug. Now you’re ready to hang it!

It seems a bit complicated but its not. This really is an easy project and can take less than 10 minutes to make if you clean and peel the labels off your milk jug before you begin the project.

I hope you enjoy making these as much as I did! They are spooky fun!

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  1. These are very cute…….I will have to make some with my grand-kids! thanks for sharing..:)


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