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Crafting with the Katies: Making Tomato Cage Ghost Decorations

It’s the first week of October, so that means ‘spooky season’ is officially upon us!

This week for Crafting with the Katies, we’re making a spooky ghost made out of a tomato cage. This DIY went viral on TikTok!

For this craft, you’ll need:

  • Tomato cage
  • White bedsheet or white fleece (we used about a yard and a half per ghost)
  • Medium-sized Styrofoam ball
  • Zip ties
  • Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
  • Black felt
  • Writing utensil to trace on black felt (we used a blue Sharpie, but you can use chalk or another utensil that can be seen on black felt)
  • Paper and pencil
  • Scissors

To make your own ghost decoration, follow these steps:

Step one: Decide if you want your ghost to be an inside or outside decoration. We used fleece for our ghosts to have them as an inside decoration. If you want to have your ghosts outside, we would recommend using a white bedsheet. That may be easier to clean if leaves or sticks get stuck to your ghost. If you do want your ghost outside, we’d recommend placing a brick or something heavy on the sides of your tomato cage so it doesn’t fall over.

Step two: Once you’ve gathered all your materials and decided where you want to put your ghost, flip your tomato cage so the stakes are facing up and the round part is facing down.

Step three: Take your zip tie and the three stakes at the top of the cage and tie the stakes together to make a point. You want to make them as close together as possible so it’s easier to stick the Styrofoam ball onto. You can go as far down as you want to on the stakes or until you feel some resistance.

Step four: Take your Styrofoam ball and stick it into the stakes. We kept the plastic covering on our Styrofoam so it keeps the ball together and doesn’t disintegrate.

Step five: Now, take either your fleece or bedsheet and drape it over the tomato cage and Styrofoam ball. Make sure your fabric is long enough to cover the bottom of the cage.

Step six: Hot glue your fabric to the top of the Styrofoam ball. You don’t want to glue it down too much; having a little flow to the fabric make your ghost look more ‘ghostly’!

Step seven: Take your paper and pencil and make a template for your ghost’s eyes. We made ours elongated ovals, but you can make them however you want to give your ghost personality!

Step eight: Cut out your template, then trace your template using your blue Sharpie or other writing utensil on your black felt. Then cut out your eyes.

Step nine: Glue your eyes to your ghost’s fabric. Make sure they’re even!

If you make a ghostly friend, or you have a craft you’d like to see us try, you can email us at and

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