Turning a Tomato Cage Into A Halloween Ghost


tomato cage ghost tutorialThe other day I added a tomato cage ghost to my front porch ensemble! Here’s a real goodie for you if you need a stupid-simple Halloween decoration piece that you can do in an hour or less. If you enjoyed my handmade plastic-jug skeleton tutorial., you’ll love this too, and it’s a lot easier!

Moving on, if you need a last-minute Halloween theme prop for your yard or porch, here you go! If you’ve got a few tomato cages stored away in the shed that are out of season, you’ll be in good hands. You will also need a few white pillowcases, a string of midget white lights and a black Sharpie pen.

You can use a standard or king size depending  on what you have already in store. King pillowcases tend to be longer and narrower, and most tomato cages are tapered in design so they could be a tight fit at the bottom. I used a standard sized pillowcase here, but it so happens that this is a cage that I had done some work on earlier.

The visual…I’ve seen others use sheets, but I think a pillowcase looks better. I’m not sure but I think I was trying to modify it to use as something else, so I bent down the spoke thingys at the top, so it’s a little bit shorter.

Draw a good ghost face on with the Sharpie marker….that’s the finishing touch if you want people to know he’s a ghost.

making a ghost pillowcase

Now, for the lights, they need to be miniature (also known as “midget lights”) , and a set of about 25 should work fine. White/clear lights will look great, but if you’re feeling a little wild. you could get some light strings in spooky Halloween colors – orange, green, purple, that would be really cool🎃🎃.

Next we’ll wrap the light string around the cage. Turn your tomato cage upside down and wrap the perimeter of it with the light strand – just be sure the positive plug end will be facing out. You may want to start from the top. Try to distribute the lights so they aren’t bunched up in one spot.

halloween ghost tomato cage lights

Work the pillowcase over the cage and lights….you may need to trim slits in the bottom sides to accommodate the wider width at the bottom of the cage. I used a few sewing mini-clips to hold it in place better.

Now it looks like this…

halloween ghost tomato cage

Heck, I think this is way better than some of these humungous inflatable centerpieces…No offense to anybody who has those, I just get that impression that the big top is coming to town whenever I see them. Well, at first; now I’m used to seeing them on the block. Voila!

I think he’s adorable! Here is what he looks like plugged in. (And what do you think of my spooky scene? Get yourself one of those purple lights, and thank me later…)

spooky scene

I want to make another one like this, but it turns out my “other” cage is being used to support a houseplant (yep, they’re not just for tomatoes anymore)

Hope you have some spooky fun with this! 🎃 Happy Halloween peeps!


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