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How to make a Mario Brothers Boo Ghost DIY

How to make a Mario Brothers Boo Ghost DIY

One of the character decorations from our Super Mario Trunk or Treat was the Boo ghost. I’m not sure exactly which version of the game he’s in, but my kids assure me that he’s cool and he’s in there! So I’m going to show you how to make a Mario Brothers boo ghost in a quick and easy manner. And in our theme of make big props for not much money.

How to make a mario brothers boo ghost

I usually pick my lanterns up on Amazon, as that is the least expensive I can usually find them, so there are a few affiliate links ahead. Sometimes your local craft or party store will have them, too.


There are two steps to this project it is so easy. First, you’re going to prep everything. Print out your Mario Boo ghost file (each print will make two ghosts) and cut out the pieces. Then you’ll need to open up your paper lanterns and put the pole in the middle so they stay expanded and round.

Personally, I like hot glue gun assembly because it is fast and precise enough. Glue the eyes and the mouths to the front of your lamp. Make sure you have the lantern right side up when you do so. The little triangular pieces in the file get bent into cones before they’re glued down.

Crazy easy project, right? These boo ghosts are not just for Mario Trunk or Treat displays…they’d also be great at a birthday party!

But wait! There’s more! You can see more ideas to make your own Mario party here:

Paula Biggs

Owner at Frog Prince Paperie
Paula Biggs is a party planner, DIY crafter, and owner of Frog Prince Paperie, where you can find hundreds of party, craft and lifestyle ideas.


Friday 4th of August 2023

Thank you so much. Your site is awesome! Love the way these turned out.


Wednesday 20th of October 2021

What size card stock did you use?

Paula Biggs

Wednesday 27th of October 2021

Regular letter size card stock is perfect! Thanks, Andrea for answering as well!


Friday 22nd of October 2021

@Sarah, Personally, I used just standard 8 1/2 by 11 card stock and it came out great. Easiest project and I am not crafty!


Wednesday 13th of October 2021

Thank you!! This was so easy even I was able to do it and it didn't turn into a Pinterest fail at all. I am going for a Luigi's haunted mansion theme and these boos are perfect.

Paula Biggs

Wednesday 13th of October 2021

Ahhh! Thanks for the feedback! I love hearing that it worked out so well!!

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