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How to Make Cheesecloth Ghosts

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Introduction: How to Make Cheesecloth Ghosts

How to Make Cheesecloth Ghosts

Cheesecloth ghosts are a really cheap and fun way to decorate for Halloween! I made loads of these with my mom growing up. :D

These are a bit fancier than the cheesecloth ghosts we used to make, but they're just as simple.

Step 1: What You'll Need

What You'll Need

  • a package of cheesecloth
  • liquid starch
  • a medium bowl
  • wax or freezer paper to cover your work surface
  • things from around the house to build the ghosts on
  • black felt (optional - to add eyes!)

When I made these with my mom, we'd mix Elmer's glue with water and use that instead of liquid starch. We'd also use balloons to shape the heads. :)

This time I'm using some bottles I had in my cabinet and some glass ornament blanks.

You can typically make three good sized ghosts for each package of cheesecloth - mine stood between 8-12 inches tall.

Step 2: Assemble the Ghost Bodies and Mix the Liquid Starch

Assemble the Ghost Bodies and Mix the Liquid Starch

For the ghosts, you really just want a nice rounded top and a good bit of height. That's it! If you'd like to add arms, use the wire and wrap it around whatever you're using.

You'll also want to dilute the liquid starch so that it's easier to work with - I'd say 75% liquid starch and 25% water should work just fine. Just don't use more than 50% water.

P.S. The more humid your environment, the more liquid starch you'll need to use! It's water soluble, so it can droop in high humidity.

Step 3: Drench the Cheesecloth in Liquid Starch

Drench the Cheesecloth in Liquid Starch

This is the key part of the whole project - making sure you have enough liquid starch!

I cut my cheesecloth into smaller pieces and then unfold in completely and put a piece in the liquid starch. Squish it around and let it soak it up, and then gently wring it out.

You want it to still be pretty wet, but not gloopy.

Step 4: Start Draping the Cheesecloth

Start Draping the Cheesecloth

I couldn't get too many photos of this since it's super messy, but it's really easy. :D

You'll want to cut pieces of cheesecloth that easily cover the ghost bodies you've made with a little excess. This excess cheesecloth will pool at the bottom of the ghosts and allow them to stand.

I added 2-3 layers on each of the ghosts and made sure each pooled to the bottom.

Step 5: Let Them Dry and Remove the Cheesecloth

Let Them Dry and Remove the Cheesecloth

(Big Dee helped. The liquid starch smells a bit like glue and she LOVES glue. :P)

It will take quite a while for these to dry. They will feel floppy and like they won't hold up until they're almost totally dry, so don't let that freak you out.

I let mine sit overnight to make sure they were fully dry.

Peel them off the paper you used to line your work surface, and then start separating the cheesecloth from the bodies. I used a pencil to scrape around the edges and that worked pretty well. It'll be a little trickier to grab out the circular piece you chose to use, but you can be a little rough as you can shape the cheesecloth back after.

Have a look at the second photo to see how the bottoms should look - they should be flat and very starchy. :)

Step 6: Optional: Add Eyes!

Optional: Add Eyes!

If you want your ghosts to be a little less spooky and more friendly, use some black felt to add eyes!

While this is super adorable, I think I almost prefer them without the eyes. :D

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10 Comments

AshleyC203

5 years ago

curious if anyone has figured out a way to dry them very quickly as opposed to overnight air drying? think i will dry simply blow drying, maybe on the cool setting... but if you've got a way or another product to use besides the starch that dries quickly let meknow! Thanks!

MaryZ13

7 years ago

Love your ghosts, I just made three. Is there a way to protect them so I can put them outside?

canida

9 years ago on Introduction

Those are adorable!

Also, you have a glue-sniffing cat? This explains so much.

Oh, I love your ghosts Jessyratfink! I remember making these as a kid too but have not made them for years. I think my porch needs a ghost or two for Friday evening - cheesecloth and starch are added to my shopping list. Thank you!

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Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

Yay! Thank you :D

mikeasaurus

I bet these would look spooky with an LED inside!

blissful2015

i was just thinking the same, except i was going to say -

the most beautiful ghosts ever!!!

Best compliment ever! haha

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Thank you for this nice Instructable. I like it.

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How to Make Cheesecloth Ghosts for Your Halloween Decor

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If you're looking for Halloween décor inspiration , look no further than these ghostly cheesecloth spirits. It's one of the easiest DIY fall projects you'll see this season. All you need is cheesecloth, styrofoam mannequin heads (which are available online, at wig shops, and craft stores), a sponge brush, and watered down glue.

Layers of cheesecloth are applied to the heads with glue to create eerily realistic ghosts. How you display the decoration is entirely up to you. The heads are freestanding, so you can place them on an end table or mantle and let the cheesecloth dangle. To give the spirits a more realistic look, attach a screw eye with a bit of glue to the top of the head. Thread monofilament through the hook and hang your ghosts anywhere you wish—from your front door, ceiling, and any other area that has the most impact.

What You'll Need

  • Cheesecloth
  • Styrofoam mannequin heads
  • Sponge brush
  • Watered-down glue or fabric stiffener (such as Stiffy)
  • Monofilament
  • Removable adhesive hooks (such as Command brand) or painters' tape, to hang

Instructions

Apply cheesecloth:.

Apply a layer of cheesecloth to head, then generously brush over head and face with glue. Use hands to smooth the cloth into the facial features. Don't brush down the neck; stop at chin level so the fabric is loose below that.

Add additional layers of cheesecloth:

Repeat until you have four layers (each 7 feet long) of cheesecloth. Let dry thoroughly. (No need to dry between layers.)

Attach a screw eye to the head:

Tatter edges of cloth with scissors if desired. Attach a screw eye with a bit of glue to the top of the head; thread with monofilament to hang from hooks.

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How to Make a Classic Halloween Cheesecloth Ghosts

Halloween and ghosts go hand in hand, so what’s a person to do if they are not into scary Halloween decorating? These cheesecloth ghosts are the perfect option. And, if you like the scary part of Halloween you can put them in the trees and spook them up a bit!

Make your own diy Cheesecloth Ghosts for your Halloween decorations. This is an easy Halloween kids craft and what kid doesn't like a DIY Halloween ghost!

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Cheesecloth Ghosts Supplies:

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  • Ghost form objects

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Cheesecloth Ghosts Instructions:

Make your own diy Cheesecloth Ghosts for your Halloween decorations. This is an easy Halloween kids craft and what kid doesn't like a DIY Halloween ghost!

Step 3) Put your ghost base together . In my case I used floral wire, an old glass vase and a metal orb.

Step 4) Cover your work area with waxed paper.

Make your own diy Cheesecloth Ghosts for your Halloween decorations. This is an easy Halloween kids craft and what kid doesn't like a DIY Halloween ghost!

Step 6) Wring out the cheese cloth and pull apart.

Make your own diy Cheesecloth Ghosts for your Halloween decorations. This is an easy Halloween kids craft and what kid doesn't like a DIY Halloween ghost!

Step 8) Let dry. I left mine overnight.

Step 9) Pull the completely dry ghost off the mold.

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Make your own diy Cheesecloth Ghosts for your Halloween decorations. This is an easy Halloween kids craft and what kid doesn't like a DIY Halloween ghost!

Be creative with your cheesecloth ghosts! I had an old light fixture hanging around and when I first took this off the light globe it reminded me of a ghost. So I used it it a couple different ways. The first way was to put it on top of another glass vase and layered it with cheesecloth without “arms”.

Make your own diy Cheesecloth Ghosts for your Halloween decorations. This is an easy Halloween kids craft and what kid doesn't like a DIY Halloween ghost!

The second way I used it was to cover it directly to make a smaller ghost. I didn’t put wax paper over the top to test and see how it would work and because I wanted to use the full shape of the light. When it dried it pull right off the glass but it was easier to take off the waxed paper.

Make your own diy Cheesecloth Ghosts for your Halloween decorations. This is an easy Halloween kids craft and what kid doesn't like a DIY Halloween ghost!

Here are my three different Ghosts: The back ghost is the one with the wire arms, the ghost on the left is done with the light cover without arms and the one on the right is just the light cover. Are they not just the cutest little guys!

Diva Tip: Put a bow on one and you have a girl ghost, spray them with glow in the dark spray paint and they will glow or put a battery operated candle under them! Just let your imagination go crazy!

Make your own diy Cheesecloth Ghosts for your Halloween decorations. This is an easy Halloween kids craft and what kid doesn't like a DIY Halloween ghost!

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It’s time to bring it back to elementary school with these cutie patootie DIY cheesecloth ghosts! I saw Cyn from @hotpinkpineapples make these and it brought me right back to my childhood. I just knew I had to make some!

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Step 1: Blow up your balloon to the approximate size you’d like your ghost to be.

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Carefully wedge the balloon slightly into your glass cup so that it stays put without falling out.

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Step 2: Cut your cheesecloth to fit your ghost. Make sure you drape the cheesecloth over your balloon before cutting to ensure it drapes all the way to the surface below. Cut at least 4 layers of cheesecloth per ghost!

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Step 3: Pour liquid starch into a bowl. Dip your cheesecloth into the starch so that it is fully saturated. Wring out and open the cheesecloth up and then drape it on top of your balloon. Scrunch up any excess cheesecloth at the bottom of your ghost so it looks a bit more organic and spooky (this excess is also great if you want your ghosts to stand rather than hang, like mine!)

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Step 4: Repeat step 3 for all layers of cheesecloth, layering on on top of the other. Make as many ghosts as you like!

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Step 5: Wait about 6-8 hours for the starch to dry. Once dry, carefully remove the balloon and cheesecloth from your glass cup. Pop the balloon and remove.

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Step 6: Now it’s time to decorate! Spray your ghost with clear polyurethane in gloss. While wet, add glitter! Allow to dry for about 20 minutes, and then recoat twice with the poly so the glitter stays put. Allow to dry for 1-2 hours.

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Step 7: Using a small paintbrush and black fabric paint, paint faces on your cheesecloth ghosts. You could also use black felt and a dab of hot glue for this as well.

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Step 8 (optional if you want your ghosts to hang): Tie thick clear twine around a small washer. Feed the other end of your twine up through the center of your ghost. The washer ensures that the twine won’t slip through the cheesecloth!

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Step 9: Hang wherever you like! You could also add battery-powered timer twinkle lights inside your ghosts whether hanging or sitting on a table for some extra ambiance!

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I mean… can you even?! They are so stinking cute!

cheesecloth ghosts diy, hanging cheesecloth ghosts with glitter

Once I have more storage space, I will definitely be making more of these cuties and hanging them all over!

Until next time… visit my blog for more fun crafts, DIYs, design ideas, and room renovations!

Happy crafting!

DIY ghost decorations

Enjoyed the project, suggested materials:.

  • Cheesecloth   ( amazon )
  • Liquid starch   ( walmart )
  • Polyurethane spray in gloss   ( home depot )
  • Glitter   ( amazon )
  • Clear twine   ( amazon )
  • Small washers   ( home depot )
  • Black fabric paint   ( amazon )
  • Balloons   ( dollar tree )
  • Various glass cups

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Did you make these as a child? I stumbled upon an image of these cheesecloth ghosts on Pinterest and it took me back to my childhood. I’m pretty sure we used Elmer’s Glue mixed with water back then but today I’m sharing how I made them with liquid starch!

This project was so easy.I had my almost 4 year old daughter assist me, but we didn’t have rubber gloves for her and I didn’t want her to touch the starch so I actually did most of it. We’re going to make the ghosts again with my 6 year old and I’m going to let the girls decorate the ghosts after!

Materials: Liquid Starch Cheesecloth Black felt

To start you’ll need to find materials to use for your ghost form. I’ve seen versions with plastic water bottles and water balloons but we ended up using toilet paper rolls and golf balls. I used masking tape to secure everything together and then used floral wire to wrap around the tallest ghost for arms. (Visit my Halloween highlight on Instagram to see a video of this step).

Cut your cheesecloth to fit the size of your form – you’ll want at least 2 layers per ghost.

Mix together the liquid starch with a little bit of water so it’s about the consistency of milk.

Lay out a piece of freezer paper to work on.

Soak the cheese cloth in the starch and then drape it over the ghost form. It will dry exactly how you place it, so pay attention to the bottom!

We let our ghosts dry overnight and then very carefully removed them from the toilet paper roll contraptions.

I cut eyes out of black felt and gently glued them on!

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DIY Cheesecloth Ghosts

Updated: Nov 14, 2023

I remember a family friend making cheesecloth ghosts when I was a child. Although I loved them at the time, I never made them myself until I was a mom with kids and wanted more "homemade" Halloween decor. These ghosts are simple but make a big impact and are seriously so cute!

The ones I remember from childhood were simple, but I added matching buntings to my ghosts to match my DIY Happy Halloween Bunting .

trick or treat ghosts holding banners halloween decorations

Cheesecloth

Liquid starch

Balloons or Christmas ornaments

Jars, glasses, or vases

Pipe cleaners , any colors

Pans (to set ghosts in while they dry)

Bowl (to soak cheesecloth)

DIY Cheesecloth Ghost Directions

Step 1: Create the shape for your ghosts by setting a blown-up balloon in a vase or jar. I used a pipe cleaner under the balloon to create arm shapes. Play around with different sizes of ghosts to see what you like best. I used pieces of tape to secure my balloons to the jars before I began adding my cheesecloth. This will give your ghost a head and arm shape.

*Note: Be sure to put your ghost shapes on a clean tray to keep the mess contained once you add the liquid starch.

Step 2: Measure and precut your cheesecloth to fit your ghosts. I discovered I liked 3-4 layers of cheesecloth to achieve the transparency I desired. Make sure to leave enough cheesecloth at the bottom of each ghost to puddle and create a base for the ghosts to stand up.

Step 3: Pour some liquid starch into a bowl and wet your cheesecloth. Be careful your layers don’t get too bunched up. When your cheesecloth is completely wet, sloth off some of the excess and arrange it on your ghost mold, draping from front to back. You have time to arrange it how you like making sure you leave a puddle of cheesecloth around the front and back for your ghost base. Once you are satisfied with your ghosts, let them dry overnight.

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Step 4: While you wait for your ghosts to dry you can create their banners. I wanted my ghosts to be holding bunting that matched my DIY Happy Halloween Bunting. I used a few extra pieces of the black burlap bunting and cut mini buntings to match for my ghosts.

Step 5: Cut rectangles the size you need and then snip out a triangle shape from the bottom going from each corner at an angle to the middle of your rectangle to creating a bunting shape. Using white paint, create your letters. I made my buntings say “boo” for the big ghost and “trick” “or” “treat” buntings for the 3 smaller ghosts.

painting a boo banner for halloween

Step 6: Gently remove the ghosts from their mold. I popped my balloons and just loosed the ghosts from the ornament molds. They look awesome don’t they!

Step 7: Now you can attach your buntings. Thread your bunting letters onto twine and attach them through each of the ghost’s hands. Tie a knot on the underside of the ghost hand to keep the bunting attached.

cheesecloth ghost craft holding a black and white banner that says boo

These DIY Cheesecloth Ghosts make a great centerpiece for a Halloween party or just use them to decorate around your house. Make large ghosts and place battery-operated tea lights under them to line your steps or walkway outside! They just make me so happy!

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Cheesecloth Ghosts: A Halloween Craft For the Whole Family by Herbal Academy

Cheesecloth Ghosts: A Halloween Craft For the Whole Family

Halloween cheesecloth ghost standing on a table holding a basket of flowers

Un-boo-lievably Easy Craft Steps

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Halloween cheesecloth ghost holding a small pumpkin

Cheesecloth Ghosts

  • Set up a working surface, placing wax or parchment paper down, and clear a place where you can leave your ghosts to dry. 
  • Cut pipe cleaners in half. Secure them on each side of the canning jar by twisting the outer part of the jar lid on top of them. The pipe cleaners will stick out on each side of the jar and will serve as the ghost’s arms. 
  • Add the styrofoam ball to the top of the canning jar. 
  • Measure the cheesecloth to drape over the front and back of the jar. Then cut the cheesecloth—two layers is recommended. 
  • Pour liquid starch into a bowl, then add your cheesecloth. Allow the fabric to fully saturate, then wring it out. 
  • Drape the wet cheesecloth over the styrofoam ball and  jar, adjusting the fabric as needed. The way the fabric is draped is the way the ghost will dry, so feel free to manipulate the fabric as much as you need to get the shape you like. 
  • Allow your ghost to dry overnight. It will become stiff as it dries, which is what you want before moving on to the next step. 
  • Once the ghosts are dry, carefully remove the jars and styrofoam balls. Just like magic, the ghosts will stand on their own now! 
  • Using black felt, you can cut eyes and any other accessories you want to add. Secure the eyes and any other add-ons using a hot glue gun. 
  • For even more fun, add a few battery-operated lights in the center for an exciting and dramatic effect at night. 

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Posted on Last updated: October 31, 2023

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Learn how to make a cheesecloth ghost for Halloween the easy way, with fabric stiffener! You can make these in any size you like with this method.

Skills Required: Beginner. If you’ve never worked with fabric stiffener before, it isn’t hard but it can be a little bit messy. You might want to try a smaller ghost first with a small piece of cheesecloth before making something larger.

Cheesecloth ghost

I’m REALLY excited about today’s Halloween craft . If you’ve never made a cheesecloth ghost (also known as a Stiffy ghost) before, you need to stop whatever you’re doing right now.

Do not “pass Go,” do not collect $200 – it’s time to head to the craft store! You’re going to need only a few supplies to make this awesome Halloween decor .

For those new to fabric stiffener , it’s a pretty simple premise. Whatever you dip into the stiffener becomes “stiff” when dry. That includes cheesecloth, fabric, and other lightweight materials.

That doesn’t mean your finished item is totally rock hard, but it’s pretty solid and can support itself. Just like this Halloween ghost.

Glowing cheesecloth ghost

The key to any project with fabric stiffener is creating a solid mold (otherwise known as an armature) that you can drape the fabric or cloth over.

You’re going to wet the fabric with the stiffener, then hang it over the mold. The mold needs to be able to retain its shape until the stiffener is dry.

In this case once the ghost is dry, you can remove the mold. Then your ghost stands on its own! And that’s the basic premise.

I will walk you through it, but understand that you can use this idea to make cheesecloth ghosts any size you like. Ideally you could make one as large as a person if you could make the mold big enough (please don’t use a real human).

There are four basic steps to this Stiffy ghost project. You’re going to make your mold, cut and wet the cheesecloth, drape it over the form (let dry), and then remove the mold to finish.

You can add glow in the dark paint or eyes and mouth when all is said and done if you like. I find it makes the ghost more kid friendly somehow. However you want to decorate it, I’ll leave that up to you!

Wax paper bowl scissors Mod Podge stiffy and cheesecloth

Gather These Supplies

  • Cheesecloth – I bought a pack from Hobby Lobby that was 6 yards x 36″ wide
  • Mod Podge Stiffy
  • Aluminum foil
  • Styrofoam ball (or other round object for the head)
  • Old coffee creamer bottle (or something similar for the body)
  • Glow in the dark paint (optional)
  • Black Sharpie or cardstock (optional)
  • Dropcloth (optional)

Tips and Thoughts for This Project

There are two things you should know before you get started. First of all, it’s a good idea to have a plastic drop cloth to cover your work surface so that you don’t get Stiffy everywhere. Note that you can reuse the drop cloth for other projects. Just let everything dry and fold it up.

Secondly, you’re welcome to get creative with the body of your cheesecloth ghost. I used a coffee creamer bottle with the top cut off. Both the arms and head fit nicely and make it easy.

But you can use a variety of items. You could even use a dowel rod with a base. You just need something to support the head and arms – something stable so that the mold holds while the ghost is drying.

Make cheesecloth ghosts with Mod Podge Stiffy

If you choose to paint, you can use acrylic paint and go right over the top of the fabric stiffener. You can use paint pens to draw on eyes and a mouth. I chose to leave mine plain. I don’t know – it seems more spooky that way!

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Making a ghost out of cheesecloth is really easy with fabric stiffener! Learn how to do it in any size you like.

  • Cheesecloth
  • Mod Podge Stiffy (or other fabric stiffener)
  • Styrofoam ball
  • Old coffee creamer bottle - with top removed

Instructions

Styrofoam ball covered in wax paper

If you find there is a lot of excess Stiffy in the cheesecloth, squeeze some of it out into the bowl. You want it pretty soaked, but it doesn't need to be dripping. That will just take longer to dry.

If you find it's not drying in some areas, let the top dry more and then move it as soon as you can to help (because sometimes the fabric stiffener pools as it dries and the base stays especially wet).

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I hope you enjoyed this Stiffy ghost! Let me know what you think about this Halloween craft for adults in the comments! I hope you’ll also check out the following projects:

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Thursday 12th of October 2023

Love the crafts. You broke the directions down nicely. Love reading you letter.

Monday 9th of October 2023

Can you use the regular matte or satin mod podge with this project?

Tuesday 10th of October 2023

You can try but it will not be as stiff! Stiffy is made to be just a fabric stiffener, not a decoupage medium, so it's harder when dry.

Sunday 1st of October 2023

do you spray it with sealer afterwards? love the idea!!!!

Tuesday 3rd of October 2023

Hi Joann! I didn't spray mine with sealer . . . I wonder if that would dissolve the Stiffy? That would be my concern. I haven't done it!

Thursday 14th of September 2023

Ghost is adorable

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Saturday 9th of October 2021

Made these several years ago with our granddaughter. Sit them over a battery tealight on our picnic table when camping every fall. Looks great and have lasted better than I expected. Get stored in a boxing the camper year round so no special treatment.

Sunday 10th of October 2021

Oh that's fun! I love the tealight idea underneath!

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I AM SOOOOOOO EXCITED ABOUT THESE! Like so excited!

I used to make these cheesecloth ghosts as a kid and just LOVED coming up with expressions for their faces and hang them inside the house and outside in trees! 🙂 Honestly, with a few simple materials (that you likely already have lying around the house) you can make yourself a gaggle of cheesecloth ghosts to make your home Halloweeny festive! 🙂 

This falls under the “SUPPPPER” simple category of making (and honestly get the kid involved….they will love this) BUT fair warning, that this isn’t a last min project….simplllyyyyyy because you have to let the ghosts dry for quite a bit of time (I think we left ours for like 3 days)! But the “Illusion” of making a floating ghost is actually sort of mind-blowing and SOOOO creative! 

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MATERIALS: 

  • A package of Cheesecloth – honestly, any will do….the tighter the weave, the better (they go by “grades” if you are actually making cheese)
  • Some glue – any kind of PVA glue (school glue, Aleene’s tacky glue…whatever you have on hand that can mix with water)
  • Some small balloons
  • A tub or bucket to mix in
  • A stick or skewer to mix the glue and water with
  • Some small balloons, paper towels rolls, jars, anything creative to make your forms – honestly, check the recycling for this part 🙂 
  • A plastic cloth or something to protect your work surface + allow the ghosts to dry
  • optional black felt, scissors and glue to make faces 🙂 

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Begin by prepping your work surface and making your ghost forms. You will want to blow your balloons up (small….like the size of an orange) and begin placing them onto your paper towel rolls, jars or anything that you’ve collected to make your forms. Start to imagine what the ghosts will look like clustered together…..I wanted various sizes and shapes so I just started by blowing up the balloons and placing them onto the jar to see what fit best. 

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2. When your forms are ready, you can start to see how big you need your cheesecloth pieces. Most of mine were about 14” x 14” with some being slightly smaller and some slightly bigger……again, I wanted variety in my sizes! 🙂 

To cut the cheesecloth, I simply rolled it out and cut into wide strips and then cut the strips in 1/2….this gave me TWO PIECES OF CHEESECLOTH PER GHOST! 🙂 I wanted to be sure the ghosts were “sturdy” enough, so the doubling of the cloth was the ticket 🙂 

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3. Once you’re done cutting your pieces and your forms are done, now it’s time to mix up your glue! Your glue to water ratio will be 2 parts glue to just under 1 part water. I started with 2 cups glue and just over 3/4 cup water. You want to water the glue down but not too much because you still want the glue to be nice and thick. 

Stir the glue and water mixture super well and so that you end up with some watered down glue! 🙂 

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4. One ghost at a time (remember, 2 cheesecloth pieces together) you will begin dunking your cheesecloth into the glue mixture, making sure it’s submerged completely. Agitate the cheesecloth to make sure that the fabric is fully coated and then pull it out of the tub….hold the dripping cheesecloth over your tub with one hand and with your other hand, gently use your middle finger and pointer finger to run from top to bottom of the cheesecloth getting the excess off of the dripping glue/cheesecloth piece 🙂 Doing this will still allow enough glue to be soaked in the cheesecloth, but not so much that it’s using all of the glue mixture in one shot! 🙂 

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5. With your hands, grab the corners and try to “smooth” out your gluey cheesecloth, then begin to drape it over your first ghost form. I wanted to make sure the “heads” were smooth, so I smoothed out the head parts that lay directly on the balloons and then helped work some ghost-like creases into the rest of the draped cheesecloth. 

BE SURE THAT YOUR CHEESECLOTH TOUCHES FLAT TO YOUR WORK SURFACE ON AT LEAST THREE SIDES TO DRY! If you don’t, then your ghost will not stay up when you take the form out of the middle once dry. 

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6. Repeat steps 4-5 for as many ghosts forms as you have! 🙂 

And then the lame part – letting them dry! Set all of your ghosts in a place to let them dry for 2-3 days or until ALL of the ghosts are hard and ready to handle! 🙂 

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7. Once the ghosts are hard, carefully begin removing the inside forms and then stand up your ghosts to make sure they are stable! 🙂 

Now you have the option to customize them….with felt faces (honestly, play around with the shape of the eyes or mouth and you can get SO many expressions) ORRRRR you can see how I chose to customize ours into a colorful rainbow set of ghosts HEREEEEEE 🙂 

HAPPY CHEESECLOTH GHOST MAKING!!!!!!!

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October 3, 2023 ·

A Spooky and Simple DIY: Cheesecloth Ghosts

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Halloween is just around the corner, and in this blog post, I will show you how to make a spooky and simple DIY: Cheesecloth ghosts. These delicate phantoms will add an eerie charm to your Halloween décor.

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First, here a list of materials you’ll need:

  • Cheesecloth: You can find cheesecloth at most craft stores or online. The amount you need will depend on how many ghosts you want to create.
  • White Glue: Regular school glue works perfectly for this project. You can also use ModPodge.
  • Balloons: Small balloons are ideal for creating ghostly shapes.

I didn’t have any balloons, so I got creative by using a cup and a rounded vase (upside-down).

  • Foam or felt sheet: I used this to cut out the eyes and mouth.
  • Scissors: For cutting the cheesecloth and foam.
  • Water: You will need to mix it with the glue.
  • Bowl: to create your mixture of glue and water.

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Steps to Create DIY Ghosts:

  • To make cleaning up easier, you may want to cover your workspace with plastic wrap or an old tablecloth. This will help prevent glue from sticking to your table.
  • Arrange the items you will be using to shape the ghosts. If you are going to use the balloons: Inflate the small balloons to your desired ghost size. Remember that the size of the balloon will determine the size of your ghost.
  • Cut the cheesecloth into manageable strips. You’ll need enough strips to cover the area at least twice.
  • In a bowl, mix white glue with a little water to thin it out slightly. This will make it easier to work with. Aim for a consistency similar to pancake batter.
  • Dip a strip of cheesecloth into the glue mixture, making sure it’s fully saturated. Squeeze out any excess glue by running the strip between your fingers.
  • Place the wet cheesecloth strip over the item or inflated balloon. You can let it hang naturally or manipulate it to create folds and drapes for a more ghostly appearance.
  • Continue dipping and draping cheesecloth strips until is covered.
  • Let your cheesecloth ghost dry. This may take several hours or overnight, depending on the glue. Ensure its fully dry before moving on to the next step.
  • Once the cheesecloth is completely dry, carefully move the ghost. The cheesecloth will maintain its ghostly shape.
  • Add eyes and a mouth to give your ghosts some personality. Use black felt or foam to create eyes and mouths. Alternatively, you can leave them faceless for a more eerie effect.
  • Optional- If you want to hang your ghost, just add a string. Attach a piece of string or twine to the top of your ghost to hang it from a ceiling, tree branch, or wherever you’d like.

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With just a few simple materials and some creativity, you can create your own DIY cheesecloth ghosts . These spooky decorations are perfect for Halloween parties, haunted houses, or just to add a touch of the supernatural to your home décor. Get crafting and have a ghostly good time!

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How to Make a Cheesecloth Ghost

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Cheesecloth just may be the ideal material for crafting ghosts for Halloween decor; its gauzy, thin composition shreds easily to make it look ages older than it really is. Cheesecloth is light enough, even when treated with a fabric stiffener, to create both miniature and life-sized ghosts shaped any way you like. Add fishing line to the head to hang the ghost from a tree or a plant hook for an extra spooky touch.

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Getting Started: Supplies

While it may sound obvious, decide in advance how big you'd like to make your ghosts before purchasing the cheesecloth. Tiny ghosts may not require much, but a life-size ghost requires quite a bit of cheesecloth so you can create a layered, flowing fabric effect. Gauze will do for small projects if you can't find cheesecloth. Besides cheesecloth, you'll need a fabric-stiffening agent such as spray starch, water and glue or decoupage medium. Disposable cups or empty plastic bottles create stands or forms for the ghosts, while balloons provide shapes for the heads. If your ghosts have arms, you'll also need flexible craft wire. Newspaper or a plastic tablecloth protects the work area.

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Forming the Frame

Before you can build your ghost, it needs a stand or form as a structure to support the cheesecloth as you work. For a small ghost, place an empty water bottle on the table; then place a small foam ball or balloon atop the bottle opening. The height of the bottle and shape of the ball dictate the final height and head size of your ghost. For a life-sized ghost, set a large round balloon atop a coat rack. If your ghost wants raised arms, wrap the center of a piece of craft wire around the neck of the bottle or top of the coat rack; then bend the wire to create makeshift arms. Curve the wire slightly at the top for hands. The arm and hand shape doesn't have to be accurate, as the wire is there merely to hold the cheesecloth up while you work.

Set the ghost form atop the work area after protecting the space with a plastic tablecloth or newspaper. Drape one piece of cheesecloth over the ghost form, trimming the cloth so it creates the desired ghostly look with a little extra cloth left over on the bottom. If your ghost will stand, allow enough extra cheesecloth to create a pool of fabric on the work surface. Spray the starch liberally over the fabric, manipulating the material as you work. If using a liquid starch, fabric stiffener or a 50/50 mixture of glue and water, dip the cheesecloth into the liquid; squeeze out the excess liquid while wearing rubber gloves; then drape and shape the cheesecloth over the form. Let the cheesecloth dry in place for a very thin, delicate translucent ghost, or add another layer to make it more durable. If creating a hanging ghost, do not coat the bottom half or so of the cheesecloth with a stiffening solution; instead, allow the cloth to flow freely so it catches breezes and moves with even a slight wind. Fray the ends, if you wish, for a more raggedy, old look.

Final Touches

Once the ghost is completely dry and stiff, it's time for embellishments. Add stick-on glowing eyes for extra after-dark spookiness. Tie a piece of fishing line through the top of the head to hang the ghost from a chandelier, a plant hook or a tree. Light up the inside of a ghost that has many layers of cheesecloth by placing a color-changing LED light beneath it for a tabletop display for a party.

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September 25, 2023

These cheesecloth ghosts are easy to make and so much fun because they keep their shape once they are dry. You can make them in any size that you’d like, and choose to either have them strung up as hanging decorations or on a flat surface as table decorations. I’m including instructions in this tutorial for making your own biodegradable glue using cornstarch and water, which allows the ghosts to be composted at the end of their lifespan. More convenient (but less eco-friendly) alternatives for glue are to use mod podge or fabric stiffener, both diluted a bit with water. We made a bunch of these to hang down our hallway and I just love how they look!

DIY Cheesecloth Ghosts

– cheesecloth – cornstarch (to make a biodegradable glue) – black fabric or felt – things for the form (I use a glass jar and ball of foil for smaller ghosts, and a vase and rubber ball for larger ghosts) – cotton twine

Instructions for making cheesecloth ghosts:

Step 1: how to prepare your cheesecloth.

Cut your cheesecloth into squares. You’ll need at least two squares per ghost so that you can layer the fabric. My squares measure approximately 10″.

Step 2: How to make cornstarch glue

Combine cornstarch and water (1:2 ratio) in a sauce pan and heat on low until it just starts to thicken. Take care not to overcook the glue. Remove the glue mixture from heat and let it cool completely before using.

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Step 3: How to make your ghosts

Create a form for your ghost by placing a ball of foil on top of a jar. If you’d like your ghosts to float, make sure that you use a jar that is taller than the height of your fabric when it drapes over the jar. Soak the cheesecloth in the glue mixture and wring it out completely. Open the fabric and drape it over the jar. Repeat with a second layer of fabric. Let the ghost dry completely overnight.

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Step 4: How to finish your ghosts

Gently remove the ghost from your form once it is dry. Cut eyes and mouth out of scrap fabric or felt and glue them on. Use a needle and thread to hang your ghost up!

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Cheesecloth Ghosts for Halloween, follow this DIY crafting tutorial! This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Mars Wrigley Confectionery US, LLC. All opinions are mine alone. #FlauntYourHaunt #HalloweenCheeseclothGhost #Collectivebias

Do you remember making cheesecloth Halloween ghosts when you were younger? It’s time to pass this fun memory on to your little ghouls.

This fun DIY Halloween ghost craft project is really simple and an exciting afternoon project that witches and warlocks of all ages can make.

Also serving as a candy dish holder, these ghostly Halloween decorations will be the perfect addition to your Flaunt Your Haunt Halloween party.

To fill our candy dishes, we grabbed a bag of M&M’S® Milk Chocolate Candies Ghoul’s Mix and a bag of M&M’S® Peanut Chocolate Candies Ghoul’s Mix.

We also grabbed a Mars Chocolate Favorites Witch Bag Mix Stand-up Pouch from Walmart while we were shopping for our cheesecloth ghost supplies.

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How To Make Cheesecloth Halloween Ghosts

Today we’re making two cheesecloth ghost decorations with a place to hold candy dishes for Halloween parties!

Walmart Shopping List:

  • Cheesecloth
  • Spray starch
  • School glue, hot glue, or tape
  • Black felt or silly Halloween face stickers
  • M&M’S® Milk Chocolate Candies Ghoul’s Mix
  • M&M’S® Peanut Chocolate Candies Ghoul’s Mix
  • Mars Chocolate Favorites Mix Stand-up Pouch (240 piece, for your party or trick-or-treaters )

Other items from around the house:

  • Tall glass or cup
  • A Small balloon or another round object
  • Small candy dishes (ramekins work well for this)

Place your balloon or another round object on top of the cup.

Drape the cheesecloth over the cup and eyeball your measurements.

Cut the cheesecloth into four squares large enough to cover the cup, providing two to four additional inches to drape around the base. This is where the candy dishes will be seated.

Drape two cheesecloth squares over a cup that is topped with your round balloon or object.

Form your ghostly figure by working the cheesecloth with your hands.

Spread the cheesecloth out to create a good base so your Halloween ghost will stand upright.

Use your candy dishes to create small depressions at the base of the ghosts. Once you have formed your depressions, remove the candy dish and place it out of the way.

Once you’ve moved the candy dish far out of the way, spray the cheesecloth ghost with several light coats of laundry starch.

You do want it to be fairly saturated with starch.

Pick up a treat while you wait for the starch to dry!

Grab your favorite juice and one of the SNICKERS® minis bars, MILKY WAY® minis bars, TWIX® minis cookie bars, or 3 MUSKETEERS® minis bars from the Mars Chocolate Favorites (240 piece) Mix Stand-up Pouch.

Tip: If your starch isn’t drying as quickly as you’d like, carefully use a hairdryer to aid the drying process.

Once your spray starch has dried, check to make sure it’s stiff enough to hold the ghostly shape. Touch up with starch as necessary.

Cut pieces of black felt into circles to create the ghost face. Attach using glue or tape.

We found fun Halloween face stickers while shopping at Walmart. So check for those too!

Think outside the box, use construction paper, pipe cleaners, or other fun craft materials. Your imagination is your only limitation!

If you secure the faces with tape, you’ll be able to swap them out. Spooky faces for the adult parties and silly faces for the kid’s parties!

Remove the ghost from the cup and place it in its final resting place on your party table.

Repeat steps 1-5 for a second ghost and then add the candy dishes to the base of your ghosts, filling them with M&M’S® Milk Chocolate candies.

Add M&M’S® Peanut Chocolate Candies to the candy dish for the second ghost.

Cheesecloth Ghosts Spooky Halloween Decor

These DIY spooky Halloween cheesecloth ghosts are a wonderful Halloween party decoration.

Just keep the candy dish full and you’ll have happy haunts all night long!

How many cheesecloth ghost candy dish holders will you make?

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Hi Sally, yes! Absolutely, the ghost will stand up on its own once it has dried! I hope you have as much fun with this project as we had!

Do you remove the inflated balloon under the ghost once it is dried?

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  15. Easy Halloween Decor for Kids

    This is an oldie but a goodie as far as Halloween crafts are concerned! Our Aunt Mia has been telling us to try cheesecloth ghosts for quite some time and we...

  16. Cheesecloth Ghosts: A Halloween Craft For the Whole Family

    Add the styrofoam ball to the top of the canning jar. Measure the cheesecloth to drape over the front and back of the jar. Then cut the cheesecloth—two layers is recommended. Pour liquid starch into a bowl, then add your cheesecloth. Allow the fabric to fully saturate, then wring it out.

  17. Cheesecloth Ghost is Cute for Halloween

    Gather These Supplies Cheesecloth - I bought a pack from Hobby Lobby that was 6 yards x 36″ wide Mod Podge Stiffy Aluminum foil Wax paper

  18. How to make cheesecloth ghosts!

    6. Repeat steps 4-5 for as many ghosts forms as you have! And then the lame part - letting them dry! Set all of your ghosts in a place to let them dry for 2-3 days or until ALL of the ghosts are hard and ready to handle! 7. Once the ghosts are hard, carefully begin removing the inside forms and then stand up your ghosts to make sure they are ...

  19. A Spooky and Simple DIY: Cheesecloth Ghosts

    Continue dipping and draping cheesecloth strips until is covered. Let your cheesecloth ghost dry. This may take several hours or overnight, depending on the glue. Ensure its fully dry before moving on to the next step. Once the cheesecloth is completely dry, carefully move the ghost. The cheesecloth will maintain its ghostly shape.

  20. Haunt your House

    Combine in a bowl a mixture of 1 part water to 2 parts Mod Podge. Stir well. Carefully drape your cheesecloth over your supports so you can see how much fabric you will need. Cut off what you don't need. Remember to make sure there is enough for trailing off and making the ghost look like it's flying. A double layer will make the ghost more stable.

  21. How to Make a Cheesecloth Ghost

    Drape one piece of cheesecloth over the ghost form, trimming the cloth so it creates the desired ghostly look with a little extra cloth left over on the bottom. If your ghost will stand, allow enough extra cheesecloth to create a pool of fabric on the work surface. Spray the starch liberally over the fabric, manipulating the material as you work.

  22. DIY Cheesecloth Ghosts

    Materials: cheesecloth, cornstarch, black fabric or felt, cotton twine. Instructions: - Cut cheesecloth into squares. - Make your glue mixture: combine cornstarch and water (1:2 ratio) in a sauce pan and heat on low until it *just* starts to thicken. - Place a ball of foil on top of a jar. - Soak the cheesecloth in the glue mixture and wring ...

  23. Bobbi || Cashmere & Pine on Instagram: " DIY CHEESECLOTH GHOSTS WHAT

    59 likes, 25 comments - cashmereandpine on September 6, 2023: " DIY CHEESECLOTH GHOSTS WHAT YOU NEED: •Cheese cloth •Mod Lodge or glue •Water •B..."

  24. Cheesecloth Ghosts Halloween DIY Tutorial

    Step 2. Drape two cheesecloth squares over a cup that is topped with your round balloon or object. Form your ghostly figure by working the cheesecloth with your hands. Spread the cheesecloth out to create a good base so your Halloween ghost will stand upright. Use your candy dishes to create small depressions at the base of the ghosts.