This viral thrift store ghost painting challenge is an easy way to revamp an old painting into frugal Halloween decor.
Here’s a must-try spooky Halloween DIY decor idea!
Consider grabbing a painting at your local thrift store to makeover into a haunted masterpiece. Adding a few ghostly details using acrylic paint to an existing painting will transform it into something special to display for Halloween!
The viral ghost painting trend on TikTok and Instagram has been going strong for a few months and for good reason. Let’s just say I can confirm that it’s as fantastic as it sounds. This topic is the perfect theme to explore here at Hip2Save.com and am so excited to show you my results!
Head to your local thrift store to scope out possible paintings!
Honestly, deciding on the perfect painting or print is the hardest part of this process. If there is a print you’d like to embellish, just remove it from the glass before painting. Most examples I spotted online were smaller-scale pictures, but I thought this large-scale painting on canvas would be fun to makeover. Plus mine was just $8 at Goodwill!
If you’re hesitant to participate due to a lack of painting skills, don’t be! I have never really painted on canvas like this before, but managed to add in some simple ghosts, pumpkins, a cat, and bats. I also added some leaves in fall colors.
Don’t feel like going thrifting?
Skip the thrift store and do this!
Our very own Chelsey turned the ghost painting idea into a fun girls’ night and could not find thrift store paintings after a few trips to Goodwill. She and her friend decided to buy these inexpensive Walmart photo frames and paint the stock art that is inside!
What a fun and convenient way to experience this painting trend. Maybe you already have something at home you could makeover too. Chelsey did such a great job adding her little spooky details!
Thrift Store Ghost Painting Makeover
Extra tips to consider for this ghost painting project:
- For inspiration, I highly suggest searching the term “ghost painting trend” on TikTok before starting to get some ideas. There are some amazing creators who have showcased their thrifty makeovers and it’s so fun to see!
- I found it easy to use a paint palette and mix the acrylic paint colors I had on hand instead of buying new colors. You can find them at dollar stores or online, along with small paint brushes.
- Painting a ghost is honesty very easy. Just start with a round head and work your way down. I mixed in a drop of black paint with white to add some gray for a little shading. It looks a bit more polished I think! Don’t forget to add the eyes. I have also seen people add sunglasses instead of eyes and it’s so cute.
- Pumpkins are easy. Paint orange flattened circles, and then go in with a darker or lighter color to add detail and shading.
Thrift store ghost painting is a satisfying DIY project!
This was honestly so easy and fun to do. Just put on some good music and let the creativity flow. It looks so great above my mantel and is perfect to hang up for Halloween.
I love the idea of making this a date night or girls’ night as a fun group effort. You can also paint some with the kids! If you do paint one, be sure to email me at Lina@hip2save.com so I can see it, or tag us on Instagram.