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Hanging Paper Ghosts

Made from text-weight paper, a whole horde of ghosts can be unleashed to greet trick-or-treaters.

Photography: Aaron Dyer

Source: Martha Stewart


  • Paper
  • Double-sided tape
  • Black marker
  • Monofilament


  1. Start by using a fringe cutter on the entire length of a sheet of paper. (We used 8½-by-11-inch and 11-by-17-inch sheets.)
  2. Fold sheet over itself at every four-to-nine-strip interval, depending on desired width. (Tip: Experiment with paper sizes and folding intervals to vary the width and height.)
  3. Join the two ends with double-sided tape; round corners of unfringed edge with scissors to create top of ghost.
  4. Draw a face with black marker. Open ghost up to a cylinder with one end fringed.
  5. Cut a 2-by-1/2-inch strip from a new sheet of paper; secure strip across top of ghost head with double-sided tape to create a loop.
  6. Thread string through loop — and it's ready to hang.

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