Now I can style a Halloween space like a boss but when it comes to making props, I’m totally clueless. I really enjoy crafting new decorations, but I would LOVE to learn how to build a full-on animated Halloween prop that moves and scares the bejeebers out of OneandSeventy’s trick or treaters!
Sadly, I’m nowhere near that level, so when I managed to muddle my way through making a ghostly girl in a mirror, I was pleasantly surprised by the results. She made a chillingly cool addition to last year’s Halloween Hallway and she’s ready and waiting to make her ghostly presence felt again.
What I used:
- Creepy Image – I stole mine from the Interweb. I think she might be from a film?
- OHP Transparency/Acetate Sheets – I’m a PA, so I already had a box of these knocking around, but try WH Smith or Amazon.
- Old mirror
- Battery-operated light source
- Black Paint (optional)
- Black Card (optional)
How to make a Ghost in the Mirror Halloween prop
At least, this is how Suzy made it!
1. Print your image onto a transparency.
2. Create a “hole” in the mirror for your image to show through.
I’ve seen various tutorials for removing the silver on the back of a mirror to make it see-through. I even tried some chemical products, all to no avail. The best thing I found was simple sandpaper.
Turn over your mirror and using circular motions, carefully sand the back of the mirror to create a space for your image to show through. You might need to dismantle your mirror and remove any protective backing to get to it. Please be careful!!
As you sand, keep looking at the front of the mirror to check your progress. Use your image as a guide to see how big you want the space to be.
3. Tape the transparency to the back of the mirror, so that your image shows through the front.
4. Attach a light to the back of the mirror, so it’s shining downwards.
I used a battery-operated, Eveready LED strip light that I picked up in B&M for a couple of quid. These things are brilliant, as the base has a sticky pad and you can “swivel” the light in any direction. There’s even a handy switch on one end, making it easy to turn your light on and off without removing the mirror from the wall.
Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find them on the B&M website, but I’m sure they’re still available. This is what they look like:
If you can’t get them any light source will do, so long as you can angle it down – I used a small torch quite happily until I discovered the Eveready lights!
5. Create a “backing” for your image with a bit of old cardboard. This will keep the light in and make your image really stand out in the dark.
I think this one came out of one of Beloved’s shirts!
You want the cardboard to be big enough to cover the transparency and the light. Tape it down on three sides to ensure the light shines just onto your image and doesn’t escape out of the sides.
If, like mine, your mirror sticks out at the back making it difficult to tape the cardboard flat, then a little extra card (I used black) will bridge the gap. Simply tape one edge to the cardboard and the other to the mirror.
It’s all about containing the light as much as possible.
To accommodate the depth of the light and help focus all that lovely ghostly glow down onto the image, I bent the top piece of cardboard and painted it black.
And that’s it!
Wait for nightfall, flick the switch, light your hanging candles and welcome a ghostly apparition into your Halloween home!
It’s a bit tricky trying to explain the process and of course, I entirely failed to take photos throughout, but I hope you get the idea. If you have any questions, feel free to holler.
A hui hou,
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