For Halloween I really like the large Halloween characters, but they can be very pricey. So, I decided to make my own. Searching around the hardware store, I found it would be easy to use tomato cages and layer them to make them really tall. I took some of the smaller creeper characters you can get from your local Halloween shops and gave them some well needed height! Here’s how to do it~
Tomato Cage Ghost
- 2 5’4″ tomato cages
- 1 smaller tomato cage for small creeper
- Zip ties
- Old clothes
- Old fabric
- Halloween masks or creatures
- Styro foam head
I wanted a really tall creeper so I started with two 5’4″ tomato cages.
I bent one inward a little to simulate a chest area, making it oval instead of rounded.
Stack them on top of one another to get the right height.
Make the wires even in the front, then zip tie them secure the wires so they will not be able to move.
My Tomato cage had 6 prongs on top so bend the two side ones down like arms, the back one bend down and curve back up to make a neck, the wire is really flexible, I did this pretty easy with my hands. Bend the rest of the wires down inside the cage.
Take the old fabric and drape over top of cage around neck. Safety pin it all the way down the back.
I had this hanging skeleton creature from last year and his head happened to be made out of Styrofoam, and he already had hands, so I just popped him on the neck wire of the tomato cage and it was done!His fabric draped perfectly over the other fabric!
If you do not have a decoration like that lying around, you can use more fabric and drape on arms over where hands would be. Then add some of that creepy Halloween fabric and drape it on top for an even better scary effect. Take a skull made of foam or a foam head from a beauty supply store and cover it with a mask.
If you do not have a foam head you can fill the mask with balled up newspaper and place it on the wire for the neck and it’s an instant big monster man. Or just add a skeleton head. There are lot’s of options on how to make your ghouls.
You can bulk him up with newspaper. Ball up the paper and place around the wire and secure with masking tape or you can use a swimming noodle cut slit down the center and placed on the wire. Then just add a shirt!
Check out my Tomato cage Werewolf! He is awesome! I make him every year. I just safety pin a pair of jeans to the front of the cage, add a shirt over the top and stuff them with newspaper! His hands are stuffed cheap gloves from Walgreen’s!
For the small Creeper just bend the wires and add your creeper & fabric.
See some of my other Halloween Decor Ideas~