DIY Rope Ghost for Halloween

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Are you ready to make the most adorable Halloween decoration ever? This DIY Rope Ghost craft is perfect for the Halloween season!

If you love the look of macrame, but want something a little easier to craft, this rope Ghost is just the thing! It has the look of a macrame ghost without the effort of tying macrame knots!

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All you need to make this super cute Halloween ghost craft is some cardboard from a shipping box, some cotton rope, some black felt and a glue gun. You won’t believe how quick and easy this macrame ghost craft is to create!

You can find the craft supplies to create this ghost at any big box store, craft store, or even Amazon. I bought the nautical rope for this craft from Dollar Tree.

Today I’m sharing a printable template to make this ghost, which includes a semi-circle pattern and shapes for the ghost’s face details.

After making your rope ghost, I recommend experimenting with other size semi circles traced from anything round in your house. Wouldn’t a family of different sized Halloween ghosts be just the cutest?

How to make a rope ghost craft for Halloween


  • Nautical Cotton Rope
  • Cardboard Scrap from a Shipping Box
  • Glue Gun and Glue Sticks (or your favorite craft glue)
  • Jute Twine
  • Craft Felt – Black 
  • Chalk Pencil or straight Pins
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Rope Ghost Face Templates


Download, print and cut out the Rope Ghost Face Template. Trace the semi-circle pattern onto cardboard with a pencil.

Cut out the semi-circle Rope Ghost base pattern with scissors. The rope is pretty heavy, so corrugated cardboard from an old shipping box makes the best base.

We used 2 packages of 6.8ft nautical rope from The Dollar Store to create this rope ghost. You can find much longer lengths to make several ghosts from Amazon.

Lay the rope around the outside of the semi-circle base, leaving 12 inches of rope hanging below the edge of the cardboard.

Trim the first section of rope with scissors so that it hangs 12 inches longer than the cardboard semi-circle on both sides.

Attach the rope to the cardboard base using a glue gun and glue sticks or your favorite craft glue.

Fit the next piece of rope right next to the first piece, leaving the same amount of rope hanging on either side.

Attach the rope with glue gun.

Continue adding additional sections of rope to fill the rest of the cardboard. Securing each length of rope with glue.

Lay the ghost flat on your work surface and using scissors, trim the ends as even as possible.

Unravel each section of rope by hand, all the way to the edge of the cardboard base. Leaving the unraveled lengths of rope curly.

Continue unraveling the ends until all of the rope pieces are unraveled to the cardboard base.

Give the ends of the cotton rope a final trim with scissors. We trimmed our ghost straight across, but you can get creative with waves or even a trendy pointed look.

Gather the ghost face patterns you cut out tin the first step. Choose the pieces you’d like for your ghost’s face. We provided a few fun options!

Trace or pin the patterns you chose to use onto black craft felt. (You could also use fleece or craft foam.

Cut out the face patterns with scissors.

Attach the craft felt eyes and mouth to the Rope Ghost face with a glue gun and glue sticks.

Measure a 12” length of jute twine and cut with scissors. Flip the ghost over and attach the jute twine hanger to the cardboard with glue.

Your rope ghost is complete in under 30 minutes! Make more to give away or even to sell!

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