Paper Cup Ghost

Decorate a paper cup to transform it into a friendly ghost. You can easily make several of these adorable little ghosts and festoon your room for Halloween.
Paper cup ghost craft


  • Paper cup
  • White tempera, poster paint, or acrylic paint
  • White construction paper.
  • White crepe paper or plastic bag.
  • Wiggle eyes
  • White glue
  • String or yarn
  • Pencil
  • Paint brush
  • Black marker or crayon

Safety Tips

  • Plastic bags can cause suffocation. Do not let kids play with them at any time.
  • Watch out for this sign Ask for an adult's help.. It means adult help is needed for the particular step.


Step 1 Paper Cup Ghost craft 1. If you don't have a plain white paper cup, paint it white using tempera, poster paint, or acrylic paint. Use acrylic paint if the surface of the paper cup is glossy.
Step 2 Paper Cup Ghost craft 2. While waiting for the painted paper cup to dry, draw a pair of ghost arms on white construction paper or card stock. Cut out each arm.
Step 3 Paper Cup Ghost craft Ask for an adult's help.3. When the paper cup is dry, use the tip of a pencil to punch a small hole at the center of the cup's bottom.
Step 4 Paper Cup Ghost craft 4. Cut a length of string or yarn and make a large knot on one end. Insert the free end of the string through the hole from inside the paper cup. You can glue or tape the knotted end of the string to the inside of the cup.
Stepa 5 Paper Cup Ghost craft 5. Fold the end of a ghost arm to create a tab. Glue the tab onto the paper cup.
Step 6 Paper Cup Ghost craft 6. Do the same for the other ghost arm. Try to ensure it is directly opposite the first arm and that they are aligned.
Step 7 Paper Cup Ghost craft 7. Draw a pair of eyes or glue on some wiggle eyes. Draw a mouth or cut a small oval out of black paper and glue it to your cup.
Step 8 Paper Cup Ghost craft 8. Cut white crepe paper or a white plastic bag into six or more strips approximately 1 inch wide and 10 inches long.

Step 9 Paper Cup Ghost craft 9. Glue one end of each strip around the inside of the mouth of the paper cup. Try to space them as evenly as you can.
Step 10 Paper Cup Ghost craft 10. Once the glue dries, hang your paper cup ghost where it can catch a soft breeze. Watch how it moves and floats in the air!