How to Make a Ghost Doll for Kids

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How to Make a Ghost Doll for Kids
Some dolls are creepy even without being ghosts. (bloody horror doll image by max blain from

At Halloween, your child will enjoy having a ghost doll to act out scary stories, or if your child is of an imaginative turn of mind, she may enjoy having a ghost doll to play with all year round. Fortunately, making a ghost doll is quite simple, requiring a little imagination and minimal effort. Just apply the same ideas you might use when dressing your child up in a ghost costume. These ghost dolls can be easily adapted to minimise or maximise creepiness according to the age and maturity of the child for whom you're making the ghost doll.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • White felt
  • Scissors
  • White string
  • Fiberfill or cotton balls
  • Felt-tipped pens and/or Magic Markers
  • Doll
  • White fabric
  • White paint
  • Doll's white nightgown

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    Cut a 12-inch circle out of white felt.

  2. 2

    Place a wad of fiberfill or cotton balls in the middle, and wrap the felt around it to form the ghost's head.

  3. 3

    Tie off at the neck with a piece of string to secure the stuffing.

  4. 4

    Draw a creepy (or friendly, for younger children) face on the doll's head using felt-tipped pens or Magic Markers.

  1. 1

    Remove and existing doll's clothes.

  2. 2

    Paint the doll's body with pale, white paint.

  3. 3

    Draw scary touches on the face and body, such as scars or wounds, using felt-tipped pens and Magic Markers.

  4. 4

    Re-clothe the doll in a white nightgown or wrap in strips of white cloth.

Tips and warnings

  • You could also be more creative and create different "themed" ghosts. For a military ghost, dress the doll in fatigues, or create a "Bride of Frankenstein" doll in a wedding dress.

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