Create Spooky Tomato Cage Ghosts: Tips and Sizes You Need

by | Sep 5, 2023 | Crafts, Decor

Last year I assembled these super cute, super easy, tomato cage ghosts for Halloween and they were a huge hit! They’re great for indoors or outdoors and don’t require a lot of time or supplies to make them.

To make one tomato cage ghost:

  • 36″ – 42″ round tomato cage, with the option to cut the rings down for a smaller size
  • Rubber band
  • 12″ diameter styrofoam half ball
  • Strand of 100 white lights
  • 6ft round table cloth
  • Standard sheet of black felt
  • Optional: you can use two 12″ long, 16 gauge floral wire stems and two 2″ mini styrofoam balls for arms and hands. 


If you haven’t notices, Kristin and I love making ghosts for Halloween! Along with these great tomato cage ghosts, Kristin showed us how to make tabletop ghosts out of cheesecloth and thumb painting mini ghosts on pumpkins! Just a couple sweet ideas if you’re in the market for some ghost themed decorating.

For now, let’s get into how and what you need for this spirited project…

tomato cage ghost supplies



Follow along this video time lapse or read through the steps below.

Here’s a couple helpful tips to get you started:

  1. You can cut the tomato cage down for a smaller/shorter ghost. This is great for a little hight variety.

  2. Don’t stress about the lights – this part does not require perfection.

  3. Try to stick with a vinyl table cloth if you plan to keep your ghost outside.

Ok, let’s get down to the details!

  • If you need to cut your tomato cage, start with that first.
  • Flip your cage over so the largest ring is sitting on the floor.
  • Rubber band the three stakes together.
  • Attach your styrofoam half ball to the three stakes. (No glue or wire needed, just push down firmly until it feels secure)
  • Wrap the cage in string lights.
making tomato cage ghosts
making tomato cage ghosts
making tomato cage ghosts

Optional Arms

If you’re wanting to add arms and hands, then follow these steps here. Otherwise, feel free to skip this part.

  • Twist one end of floral wire to the cage, about 1/4 of the way down the “body” of your ghost. Repeat on the opposite side.
  • Attach the mini styrofoam balls to each “arm”. 
making tomato cage ghosts
making tomato cage ghosts
  • Open up your table cloth and drape over the top. Do your best to make it even but the most important part is to cover all the front areas. 
  • Cut ovals out of your black felt sheet.
    • Fold the sheet in half and cut one oval to make two equal shapes.
  • Use your hot glue gun to carefully add glue to the ovals and attach as eyes. 
  • Plug in and enjoy the fun!
making tomato cage ghosts
making tomato cage ghosts
making tomato cage ghosts
making tomato cage ghosts


I loved mine around my fireplace to finish off the decor on my mantle. But these guys would be great for the front porch or foyer. Be sure to have them ready to go for your Halloween party and trick-or-treaters!

tomato cage ghosts
tomato cage ghosts
tomato cage ghosts


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