How to Make Easy Ghost Art for Kids

I’m always looking for new and engaging books for my girls, and I love discovering ones for the seasons and holidays. It just adds to the excitement and build up children have for these celebrations. So, when I came across Gustavo The Shy Ghost by Flavia Z. Drago, I knew the bold and vibrant patterns from the cover alone could translate into a fun Halloween or Day of the Dead project. And making adorable little Gustavo was a must.


What’s not to love about the illustrations in this book? I noticed my 4 year old even slowed me down as we were turning pages so she could look at all of the details in the pictures. I loved how she could relate to Gustavo with feeling a little nervous about making friends having just started at a new school this fall. It’s definitely a keeper!

And there’s even MORE to love about this book when you take off the jacket… I mean HOW CUTE is this cover?


  • 12″ x 18″ black paper
  • 9″ x 12″ white paper for Gustavo
  • Orange & bright pink liquid tempera paint (I mixed a little white into orange to make it brighter on the black paper and mixed a little white into the red to make it more of a pink)
  • Paper plate or palette
  • Printing tools (I used heart and circle sponges with handles & q-tips)
  • Black crayon or pencil
  • Black & pink Kwik Stix (you could also use crayons or oil pastels)
  • Scissors
  • Glue


  1. Make stamped patterns with the sponges and q-tips with the orange and pink paint onto the black paper background filling as much space as you’d like.
  2. Draw a simple ghost shape on the white paper with a crayon and cut out. (I did this part for my daughter, but if your child is older, they can draw and cut themselves).
  3. Use black Kwik Stix for the ghost’s eyes, mouth, eye brows and arms. Use the pink for the cheeks.
  4. Glue ghost to background.

We hope you have a Happy Halloween!

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