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Halloween Ghosts made from Tomato Cages?! Yes, Really.

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Love Frugal Halloween Ideas?

If you’re looking for a QUICK and EASY Halloween decoration for either inside or outside the home, check out these awesome Tomato Cage Ghosts!

It takes just three supplies and ten minutes to do this project and the results are SO CUTE & SPOOKY!


Tomato Cage Ghosts

Supplies Needed:

Tomato Cage
Mini Christmas Lights
White Sheet
Black Permanent Marker


Place the cage upside down so the round part is on the ground. Wrap Christmas lights around the tomato cage and cover it with a white sheet. Draw on a ghost face with black marker. Plug in lights and enjoy your spooky Halloween ghost! That’s it!


I’m super excited this project as it was easy and turned out so cute! Plus, I had all the supplies on hand to make a couple, so it was FREE for me. Hooray!

My kids LOVE this and can’t wait for Trick or Treaters to show up for Halloween! I placed them right outside our front door and you can see it from the street! So fun!

Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.

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Comments 32

  1. Jill

    Lina, thanks for sharing. Those ghosts are adorable. Thinking I could stack a tomato cage on top of another to make a taller ghost….wish I had you for a neighbor!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh thanks Jill! Very sweet comment 😀

  2. mom2boys

    Way too cute!! I think I have everything here as well too…..nothing better than free decorations that the kids will love!! Thanks again Lina!!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      I agree! Sure – have fun. 👻

  3. Margie

    And with Walmart putting out their Christmas decorations LAST WEEK…you can buy the Christmas lights if you have yours packed away, or don’t have any white lights! 😉

    • ashley

      Right! My 3 year old is stuck on Christmas ever since she saw decorations at WM. 😩

  4. Kelly

    And ive also seen the cages used as christmas decorations- wrapped in lights and/ or garland to look like trees

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yes! You can roll it right into Christmas! Great idea Kelly 🎄

  5. MrsFelix1004

    So adorable and thrifty!! I love your post and ideas. Thank you for all your tips and tricks! Just like Coleen you are such a blessing!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh that’s so nice! Thanks for reading 😀

  6. LJ

    You can also wash the white sheet in Rit Whitener and Brightener for them to glow under a black light if anyone does haunted houses.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh that’s a fun tip – thanks!

  7. Lucy

    Gracias! I think that is a great idea!! Thank u.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      You’re welcome Lucy!

  8. Diana

    Will the lights not get too hot against the fabric?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Hmm not sure. Mine happen to be LED which don’t get hot.

  9. Jeannie

    I have tomato cages that are in 5 gallon buckets from growing tomatos this summer. I will cut out the old tomato plants and put the sheet over the whole thing. Great idea, thanks!

    • Happymama

      Somehow this year we are still generating tomatoes in Ohio! Cute idea, Lina!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Sure Jeanie! Sounds good 😀

  10. ChrissyV13

    Can anyone suggest the best place to buy a cheap white sheet, I’m probably the only person that doesn’t own white! thanks

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      You could start with a thrift store since it’s just for this project, or maybe a discount store like Ross. 😀

  11. Denise

    I love these my son and I made them together! As I was getting ready to put them outside I started to think I need to stake these down. No problem I have stakes. Then I thought the wind is going to blow these sheets off. I decided to use clothes pins to clip the sheet to the cage. All set! Going to rain tomorrow let’s see if the sharpie runs…

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh you are super smart!

  12. Ranchwife

    My sister made these several years ago and brings them out each year. They are so fun and easy!

  13. DK67

    What size sheets work best?

  14. A.lee

    Would a white plastic tablecloth also work draped over? Like one from the dollar tree? I hate to waste a sheet on this

    • Lina D

      Great idea! I bet it would 👍

    • Laura

      Those DT tablecloths are pretty thin. I think the points on the top (bottom?) of the tomato cage would tear them. They might work if you keep them inside. At least with the sheet, you could fold it up and get several years’ use out of it. 🙂

    • Olga

      I am using a dollar tree round plastic white tablecloth and then got a package of cheesecloth to put over the plastic for a more realistic look. For the head I got a big styrofoam ball they sell.

  15. sue

    That is really a cool idea. We’ll have to try it.

  16. MBro

    Did these last night and my kiddos had a blast with this super easy project! Thanks for the post! Made our night!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      That’s so great! Thanks for sharing! 👍

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