These Dollar Tree light-up mop ghosts are some of the cheapest, easiest and cutest Halloween crafts you’re ever likely to encounter!
It was only a matter of time before my babes noticed the obvious.
I mean, it was right there in front of her face for almost a year!
But I suppose her mind was busy dreaming up entirely new projects for Halloween and Christmas so she just didn’t see that this:
Could so easily be made to look like this!
In fact, it’s even easier, because there’s no need to make a fabric hat!
Still, when she finally figured it out, it was one of those moments where the world comes screeching to a halt (because she told it to), and life is turned upside down for the next hour (because she willed it to be so) until Yours Craftingly produces the thing that’s been crowding her brainwaves.
It’s weird. Handan has a sixth sense about which projects and crafts are likely to go viral, and there is no peace on Earth until she gets the bug out of her brain.
And that’s how it was with these Dollar Tree light-up mop ghosts.
She had the idea. She told me the idea…
And I yawned, stretched, scratched my belly and looked around.
“Yep,” I might have said. “Good idea, my babes.” And then I likely yawned again and wandered off in search of food.
But she was having none of it.
She turned me around and marched me upstairs to the craft room where I was informed in no uncertain terms that I’d be making light-up mop ghost.
In fact, I’d make her two, because one of anything is just not enough, unless it’s an ass-kicking, and then one is plenty.
And you know what? She was right (duh). I posted these ghosts on Instagram and TikTok, and as of this writing, they’re at 4 million and 1 million views respectively.
The lesson in all this is that I should never question my babes when she gets that bug on her brain. Of course, she’d tell you that I should probably never question her on any topic, but what fun would that be?
So enough of my yapping. Let’s make some Dollar Tree light-up mop ghosts!
Easy peasy chicken squeezy is the name of the game with these ghosts. And if you can’t find a Dollar Tree vase or to save a couple of bucks, you could also use a mason jar or really any other tall glass you may have on hand.
DIY Light-up Mop Ghost SUPPLIES LIST
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- Dollar Tree vase or tall glass
- Dollar Tree mop head
- Dollar Tree tinsel witch hat or Dollar Tree witch hat headband
- Black felt or fabric, or black paint or vinyl – Dollar Tree has black felt/fabric or you can find single sheets in any craft stores for less than 50 cents.
- Hot glue and glue gun
- Fairy lights
Dollar Tree Light-up Mop Ghost VIDEO Tutorial
Watch our short and fun video below for an overview of our DIY Light-up Mop Ghost before you read the detailed step-by-step tutorial.
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DOLLAR TREE Light-up Mop Ghost Tutorial
Step 1 – Put glue on the mop
I’m hesitant even to use steps for such a ridiculously easy craft, but the Google Gods like to see steps, so here ya go Google! Happy now??
Okay, now that Google is happy and off my back, let’s get back to our mop ghosts. Flip the mop head over and put a bunch of hot glue all over the piece of plastic that lives under there. You could use super glue or E-6000 or any other strong adhesive for this step if you don’t happen to have a hot glue gun.
Step 2 – Put the mop on the glass
Ugh, I feel like I’m writing a recipe for boiled water here. That reminds me of a recipe I once saw on Epicurious long, long ago for Salted Water. The comments were hilarious. The recipe is no longer there, but it created such a stir that Epicurious wrote an article about it.
Anyway, yeah, stick the mop head on the vase. Like, where else are you going to stick it?? o_0
Step 3 – Add a hat
I sure hope Google is having a good laugh at these steps.
After letting the mop strands fall back down the vase, put some more hot glue around the mop top.
Then (you guessed it) plop a hat on top! Yep, just make sure to put the hat on top of the mop and not somewhere like, you know, the side or something. Jeez, maybe I should have added an extra step about how to hold the hat so it doesn’t slip through your fingers. Forgive me, Google Gods!
Step 4 – Add eyes
Cut two eyes from a piece of black felt or fabric. Remember that ghosts have two eyes. Not three. Not one. Two.
Glue those two eyes onto the mop.
Step 5 – Add lights
Stick one or two fairy light strands up into your mop ghost’s nether region and secure the battery pack with a bit of FunTak or a piece of tape.
Step 6 – Spread the word!
Go now and make your own Dollar Tree light-up mop ghost and then spread the Word of the Ghost to everyone you meet! Tell ’em it’s another Navage Patch original!
Or, you know, just plop him on your mantel and go about your day.