If you’re looking for easy air dry clay Halloween ideas that you can make to sell or use as a part of your Halloween decor then this cute DIY air dry clay ghost tea light craft is for you!

You only need air dry clay and a rolling pin to make this super simple clay ghost candle holder.

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Air-dry clay ghosts are a cheap and quick Halloween ceramics idea that can be made with minimal materials which is why it’s the perfect last-minute Halloween craft!

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When I saw these super cute clay ghost tea light holders on Etsy, I immediately wanted to make my own ones.

This clay ghost tea light craft costs less than $1 per tealight to make and can be sold for $30! It’s a great Halloween craft to make and sell.

Related: 25 Easy Halloween Crafts You Can Make and Sell

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Just look how darn cute these are!

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DIY clay ghost tea lights for Halloween


  • Air Dry Clay – Any air dry clay will work fine for this craft. I used this brand.


  • Rolling Pin – For rolling out the clay.
  • Clay tool – You will need something sharp to make the eyes and mouth of the clay ghost. You can also use a pencil, a piping tip, or a paintbrush tip.
  • Small glasses for shaping the ghost – You will need something about the same size as a tea light. I used shot glasses but you can also use egg cartons.

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How to make air dry clay ghost tea lights

Step 1: Cut out a palm-sized piece of air-dry clay and knead it until soft.

Step 2: Roll the clay until it reaches about 1/4-inch thickness.

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Step 3: Cut out the eyes and the mouth of the ghost with your clay tool or a knife. 

Step 4: Shape the air dry clay ghost on a small shot glass or an egg carton until it resembles a ghost. Let it dry for 24 hours.

Optional: You can paint the ghost or use a glaze after it’s dried for a prettier look.


Tip: If you’re going to be using real tea lights, make sure there is plenty of space on the underneath of the ghost for air to come in or the candle will go out when you put the ghost on top of it.

I recommend using battery-operated LED tealights for safety!

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DIY Air Dry Clay Ghost Tea Light

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This DIY air dry clay ghost tea light craft is the perfect addition to your Halloween decor. With just air dry clay and a rolling pin, you can create these cute ghost candle holders that cost less than $1 per item to make. Not only is it a fun craft to make, but it can also be sold for up to $30 each making this a great Halloween craft to make and sell.

Active Time 10 minutes
Difficulty Very Easy
Estimated Cost $1




  1. Take a piece of air-dry clay that fits in your palm and knead it until it's soft.
  1. Roll the clay until it's about a quarter-inch thick.
  2. Use a clay tool or a knife to cut out the ghost's eyes and mouth.
  3. Shape the clay into a ghost form on a small shot glass or an egg carton. Let it dry for at least 24 hours.


Note: If you plan to use real tea lights, ensure there's enough space underneath the ghost for air to circulate, or the candle may go out. For safety, consider using battery-operated LED tealights instead.

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DIY Air Dry Clay Ghost Tea Light