Pac-Man Inspired Glowing Ghost

My kids recently discovered Pac-Man at a pizza parlour, and were fascinated by the retro video game. The pixelated ghosts glowing on the black screen gave me the idea to use electroluminescent (EL) wire to make light-up ghosts of our own! EL wire can be used to create bright outlines that will stand out in the dark. You can make your own glowing ghosts, and customize them however you like!

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    Draw an outline of a ghost on cardstock, and cut along the outline.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    Once you've cut your ghost outline, draw and cut out the eyes.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Tip

    Fold the paper at the center of the eye and cut a slit. This will make cutting out the rest of the eye much easier.

  • Step 3

    Tape the end of the EL wire anywhere along the edge of the ghost.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    Continue to tape along the body. Then, tape EL wire on the outline of each eye.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Step 5

    When you're done, you can let the rest of the EL wire hang to the ground, or tape the wire to the back of the ghost. If you hide the EL wire on the back, use tape to secure the controller and extra wire.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

  • Done!

    Turn on the switch, and watch your ghost glow! What other shapes can you make to add to the spooky Halloween decor? Let us know your favorites in the comments!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 6

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