Ghoulish Illumination- Light Cover Ghosts

Ghoulish Illumination- Light Cover Ghosts

If you wander into any Habitat for Humanity ReStore, or really just about any thrift store, you’ll be sure to find a section of glass light covers. They come in different shapes- globe, teardrop, flower- and a few will be vintage-y enough to be cute, but most just look outdated. So, what can one POSSIBLY do with them?

Well, I picked up a few of them that were similarly shaped… almost bell-like…because they reminded me of a simple ghost costume, a la Charlie Brown.

White and frosted vintage glass light shade covers from thrift store to be repurposed as Halloween ghost lights by Sadie Seasongoods /

The ubiquitous glass shade.

All they needed was a basic face- two eyes and a mouth (or not, for the latter). This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

So I picked up an sheet of peel-and-stick craft felt in black. But, you could just as easily use regular black felt and some fabric glue or your hot glue gun.

Peel and Stick black felt for repurpose light shade cover ghosts by Sadie Seasongoods /

Sticky felt to the rescue!

So, I cut out various eye- and mouth-shapes…free-handed…which is always risky in my life. But my little ghosty fellas didn’t need to be perfectly symmetrical!

Vintage glass light shade covers repurposed and upcycled as Halloween ghost lanterns by Sadie Seasongoods /

More silly than spooky?

And while they look perfectly cute in a cluster on my cabinet…

Vintage glass light shade covers repurposed and upcycled as Halloween ghost lanterns by Sadie Seasongoods /

A ghostly barbershop quartet…

I felt the need to give them a little more pizzazz. At first I thought of using an LED tea light, but decided that the ones I had would cast a glow more golden than ghoul-den. But lo and behold, the local party store had white glow sticks!!

Vintage glass light shade covers repurposed and upcycled as Halloween ghost lanterns by Sadie Seasongoods /

Well, lookie here…

Check out the difference an eerie white/indigo light can make! Jon’s favorite was the mute ghost…what do you say, a new night light for my husband??

Vintage glass light shade covers repurposed and upcycled as Halloween ghost lanterns by Sadie Seasongoods /

“Say no evil” is Mr. Seasongoods’ favorite…

Until next time… Craft on!


PIN ME!Vintage glass light shade covers repurposed and upcycled as Halloween ghost lanterns by Sadie Seasongoods /


  1. What a fun idea! Love them!

  2. Indeed, the mute one is the best 🙂
    Love the idea!

  3. Clever idea – and couldn’t be easier! Thanks.

  4. Clever idea – couldn’t be easier! Thanks.

  5. Such a cute thrifted holiday DIY, thanks for sharing this week at the #WWDParty.

  6. to fun and so adorable! love these little light cover ghosts!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  7. This is a really cute idea – especially for some of those inherited, not quite in style, lights. Thanks for linking to the Craftastic Monday party at Sew Can Do!

  8. says:

    These are so cute:) Pinned so the kids and I can make for Halloween! Found this at the Merry Monday Linky Party!

  9. Oh my goodness…so darn cute…love this idea, Sarah! Thanks for linking up to Inspiration Monday Party. I’m going to pin these little guys this morning! 😉

  10. What a great recycling project! You’re right, every thrift shop has loads of these covers, this is a fun repurpose for them. Thanks so much for sharing at the Make it Monday Party! Hope to see you again next week.

  11. These are so cute! How creative. I like how you made them light up with glow sticks. So cool. Thank you for linking up at Frugal Friday. 🙂

  12. You did it again! You rock! I am surprised I haven’t run into you in the ReStore!!!

  13. What a fantastic reuse project! I think I even have a couple of the glass shades laying around too. Great idea!

  14. Such a fun idea! Thanks for sharing on the Monday Funday Party!

  15. Cute idea! I love the Habitat Re-Store and always find something fun to re-work. Thanks for sharing at the VIP.

  16. dwellinginhappiness says:

    SO cute! What a great idea for those light covers, I always see them at Goodwill for so cheap! Great Halloween craft. 🙂 Visiting from On Display Thursday!

  17. Super cute idea, I think my daughter would love making these.

  18. Thank you so much for attending week 3 of #PureBlogLove and linking your fantastic blog post. These look awesome! You sure are one very creative lady, I am really impressed with the three posts I have seen today. I can’t wait to see what you have in store for our party next week Thursday 8 PM EST- Sundays at midnight . Have a great day!

  19. These are so fun for Halloween! I know my youngest would love using glow sticks to light these up (she’s obsessed with glow sticks). Thanks for sharing this on Merry Monday. Shared on my FB fanpage.

  20. Melissa @ Simply Sweets by Honeybee says:

    These are so cute and clever!

  21. I love quick crafts, and this is one of the quickest! I’ve seen these light covers for under $5 new at Home Depot, I always wished I had a good use for them! This is so clever!

  22. Lol, how adorable! Yes I love the mute ghost best too. Thanks for sharing at Five Star Frugal. This one will definitely be used here for Halloween! Mimi xxx

  23. These are awesome! It certainly never would have occurred to me to turn light covers into ghosts. I pinned them to share with others, too!

  24. woow. that is a great job 🙂 smile 🙂
    You are welcome to join
    Hugs from Håkan in Sweden

  25. Love this! I’m always wondering what to with those when I see them at the thrift store.

  26. What a cute and simple recycle Halloween project, love it. Pinned and shared on Hometalk too!

  27. Hi there – I love this and I have held onto 3 of these globes from an old ceiling fan kit for about 3 years – now they have a purpose! I have a question (if you have already answered it please forgive my oversight) what’s making them blue?

  28. I love this idea too. If I could figure out a way to have them and kids not break them, that would be great. Thank you for the inspiration.

  29. So cute! Could make for a great and spooky Halloween party decor 🙂 (pinned!)

  30. N-joy-meant says:

    Sarah, I love these! I am a real re-purpose kind of person, so your idea is right up my alley! I was wondering if the blue color comes from a blue light stick or not. Also, do you cover the hole on the top of these light shades with anything to stop the light from shining out the top?
    Good job & great idea.

    • says:

      I actually used a white glow stick, but it gives off an indigo glow- like a black light. And the glow sticks aren’t powerful enough to require me covering up the top, so no need to do so! 🙂

  31. I seriously don’t think you ever have a bad idea. These are awesome! Thanks. Pinned!

  32. These ghosts are so adorable and such a great idea! Thanks for sharing at Inspiration Thursday! I love partying with you each week!

  33. Hey, Sarah! Just wanted to let you know that we loved your Ghoulish Illumination – Light Cover Ghosts so much when you shared it at the #HomeMattersParty last week, we’ve HIGHLIGHTED it THIS WEEK! Hope you can check it out when you get a sec! Happy Friday!!!

    Life With Lorelai / Home Matters Linky Party

  34. I need to go thrift shopping! These are cute. Congrats on your #HomeMattersParty feature.

  35. What a neat idea! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Merry Monday.

  36. I totally pinned this! I just LOVE it! 🙂

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  37. Those are so cute!! I love how I would be able to reuse some of the shades that no longer have a “friend” at our home! 🙂 #HomeMattersParty

  38. Adorable Halloween decor DIY from thrift store shades shades. Thank you so much for linking up to the very first Vintage Charm party. Hope to see you here every Thursday at 8:00 AM EST!

  39. How did you make them BLUE?


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