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Here are some easy yarn doll ghosts you can make at home using the same technique you’d use to make traditional yarn dolls.

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yarn doll ghost craft for kids based on traditional yarn doll makin g technique, a fun Halloween craft idea for kids

Have you ever made yarn dolls before? They’re a traditional craft so maybe you have, or maybe you remember somebody else making them for you as a kid. I remember being shown how to make basic yarn dolls with braided arms and legs by my Auntie Nell when I was young.

Cute ghost craft for kids

Today, with a couple of simple twists, I’ve turned yarn dolls into yarn doll ghosts. Spooky, right? Actually I think they’re way too cute to be spooky, but they’ll definitely scare the pants off their ordinary braided yarn doll friends (if they were wearing pants that is!)


You will need:

• Yarn 
• A scrap of cardboard – mine is around 12 cm (4.7″)
• felt scraps cut into the shape of eyes and a mouth
• craft glue

How to:

  1. Wrap yarn around your cardboard scrap until you have a nice, fat bundle.
  2. Gently slide bundle off cardboard
  3. Snip off a piece of yarn the same colour as your bundle and thread it through the centre of the bundle, then tie it tightly at the top
  4. Cut the base of the bundle, so it is now a pile of string all the same length tied together in the middle
  5. Part the top of the bundle in the centre and fold it back over itself, then tie a piece of yarn around it a bit below the top forming a “head”
  6. Separate two smaller bunches from the main bunch, one on each side, and tie at the ends to form arms. Snip off the excess yarn at the ends to tidy them up
  7. Tie the larger bunch together at the base, then snip the excess from the end.
  8. Glue the felt scrap face on.

All done!

Gather your materials to make the yarn ghosts

wrap the yarn around a cardboard scrap

Glue on felt ghost eyes and mouth

Aren’t they BOO-tiful?

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