How to Make a Ghost Painting from a Printable

If you've seen the ghost painting trend on social media and want to make one for yourself you've come to the right place.  I am going to show you How to Make a Ghost Painting from a Printable.

DIY instructions for making a Ghost Painting from a Printable pinterest pin.

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I don't know if you've been on Tik Tok or Instagram, but there is a ghost painting idea going viral.  People are taking thrift store paintings and making them spooky with the addition of ghosts and pumpkins.  I've even made one and posted about it.  

I think everyone in my town is making one because those paintings are few and far between at my local thrift.  So I set out to figure out how to make one  w i t h o u t a thrift store painting.  And I did.  And you can too.  I will show you how.  

How to Make the Viral Ghost Painting from a Printable

Supplies used to make a ghost painting from a printable

Gather Supplies.  I purchased and downloaded an autumn printable from here.  I totally recommend doing this because it's super inexpensive and the printable looks awesome.  You can print it on white cardstock on your printer at home.  (This is the one I have.)  I decided to use a thrifted framed wood sign (which are plentiful at the thrift store) as the base for my printable.  

Use a paper trimmer to cut the printable to the size of the frame.

Cut Printable to Size.  The sign I used is 5.5" x 5.5".   so I printed the autumn scene in 8" x 10" so it would be big enough.  I used my paper trimmer to cut it down to size.  

Use Mod Podge to adhere the printable to the sign.

Adhere Printable to Frame.  I used mod podge to adhere the printable to the frame.  I brushed a light, even coat onto the frame.  Then I gently placed the printable on top.  I then brushed another light coat of mod podge on top.  

Use craft paint for the ghosts and pumpkins on printable.

Paint ghosts and pumpkins Once the mod podge is dry, it's time to paint.  I used regular craft paint in brown, white, black, orange and yellow. (Craft paint assortment here.)  I am a crafter and not a painter so if I can do this, anyone can!  

Paint ghosts onto printable with white craft paint.

Paint Ghosts onto Printable.  I used a small detail brush to paint ghosts onto the printable.  I dipped the brush in a bit of white paint, brushed some off and then painted an upside down U shape in random sizes and spots on the printable.  I kept the ends uneven to make it appear more ghost like.

Paint pumpkins onto printable with small brush.

Paint Pumpkins onto Printable.  I used a different detail brush dipped in orange paint to paint on the pumpkins. To create the pumpkin, I did a c and then a backwards c to make a circle and then filled it in.  Doing it with those kind of strokes instead of just a circle makes it look more like a pumpkin.  

Paint leaves and trees with brown, orange and yellow paint.

Paint the scenery.  I used brown, orange and yellow paint to fill in the scenery.  I did dobs to look like leaves and watered down brown to darken the trees and ground.

How to make a Pumpkin and Ghost Painting with a thrifted sign.

Paint Details.  Using black paint, I dotted eyes on the ghosts and stems on the pumpkins.  And that's how to paint ghosts and pumpkins onto a printable.

Before and After painting ghosts and pumpkins on printable.

Adding a small bit of paint to the printable made such a big difference.  I love the way the ghosts, pumpkins, leaves and grasses look.  It's super easy to do and would make a really fun addition to Halloween home decor.  You should totally Make a Ghost Painting from a Printable today!