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!

jessyratfink

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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So cute, great idea!

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Create a life-size ghost for Halloween using cheesecloth and other inexpensive items. Hang it from a tree or place it on your front porch so passersby will shake in their boots.

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Materials needed:.

  • 6-8 packages of cheesecloth
  • large foam ball
  • 2 small foam balls
  • paint roller extension pole
  • 2 yardsticks
  • 2 short large-headed nails
  • jug of Sta-Flo liquid starch
  • empty spray bottle
  • sheet of black felt
  • fabric glue
  • large sewing needle
  • spool of fishing line

Create Ghost's Framework

Layer a paint roller extension pole and two yardsticks to create a "skeleton" for your ghost (Image 1). Use a short large-headed nail to attach both yardsticks to the paint roller extension pole, one on top of the other (Image 2).

Step one for making a life-size Halloween ghost is laying out your supplies.

Make A Life-Size Halloween Ghost Step One

Step one for making a life-size Halloween ghost is laying out your supplies.

Constructing A Halloween Ghost's Body

A crafty Halloween ghost is constructed from yard sticks and a paint extension pole.

Secure Extension Pole

Find a non-windy outdoor spot to temporarily drive the paint roller extension pole into the ground to make draping the ghost easier.

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Securing Your Life Size Halloween Ghost In The Yard

Find a prominent--but still spooky--spot in the yard to place your life-size Halloween ghost.

Attach Ghost's Head

Push a large foam ball onto the top of the paint roller extension pole to create the ghost's head.

Halloween Ghost's Head Made From Foam Ball Attached To Pole

Attaching Foam Ball To Pole For Halloween Ghost's Head

A foam ball can attach to a pole to form the head of a DIY Halloween ghost.

Attach Ghost's Hands

Attach a small foam ball to the end of each yardstick to act as the ghost's hands.

DIY Halloween Ghost's Hands Made From Foam Balls Attached To Yardsticks

Attaching Foam Ball To Yardstick For DIY Halloween Ghost

Simply attach foam balls to yardsticks to make hands for a DIY Halloween ghost.

Drape Cheesecloth

Begin draping large sheets of cheesecloth over the ghost framework (Image 1). Continue draping sheets of cheesecloth back and forth over the ghost until you've achieved the desired effect (Image 2).

A DIY Halloween ghost is draped with gauze for a spooky front yard decoration.

Body Of DIY Halloween Ghost Draped With Gauze

A DIY Halloween ghost is draped with gauze for a spooky front yard decoration.

Draped Gauze On DIY Halloween Ghost

Gauze is draped on the frame of a DIY Halloween ghost for a spooky front yard decoration.

Spray Starch

Use a spray bottle filled with liquid starch to saturate the ghost's head, hands and arms, leaving the body starch-free so trailing layers of gauze will blow in the breeze. Allow starch to dry (harden) completely before moving on.

Liquid Starch Keeps A Halloween Ghost's Gauze In Place

Spray Your Halloween Ghost With Liquid Starch

Using a bottle of liquid spray starch, spray your ghost's head and hands so the gauze will stay put.

Create Eyes and Mouth

Cut two eyes and a mouth out of black felt (Image 1). Use fabric glue to attach felt eyes and mouth to the ghost's head (Image 2).

Cutting out eyes and a mouth for a DIY Halloween ghost is simple and fun.

Cutting Out Fabric For DIY Halloween Ghost

Cutting out eyes and a mouth for a DIY Halloween ghost is simple and fun.

Adding Eyes To DIY Halloween Ghost

A Halloween ghost gets its eyes in this crafty step-by-step.

Remove Small Foam Balls

Gently remove the two small foam balls from under cheesecloth.

Halloween Ghost With Gauze Covering Foam Ball Hands

Covering Foam Ball With Gauze For Halloween Ghost

A DIY Halloween ghost has foam ball hands covered in spooky gauze.

Attach Fishing Line to Arms

Use a large sewing needle to thread a long length of fishing line through the fabric of each hand. Triple-knot the fishing line so the ghost can move freely in the breeze without the threat of blowing away.

Halloween Ghost Secured With Fishing Line

Thread Fishing Line Through Arms Of Halloween Ghost

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Attach Fishing Line to Head

Use a large sewing needle to thread a long length of fishing line through the top of the ghost's head. It's a good idea to drive the needle straight through the foam ball if possible. Triple knot this length of fishing line (Image 1). Finally, tie the ghost to hooks on a porch ceiling or sturdy tree branches in the yard for a spooky Halloween-themed display (Image 2).

You can thread fishing line through the ghost's head and then connect it to a tree branch.

Tying Fishing Line To Halloween Ghost's Head

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Cheesecloth Ghost is Cute for Halloween

By: Author Amy

Posted on Last updated: October 31, 2023

Home / Craft Ideas / Holiday Crafts / Halloween Crafts / Cheesecloth Ghost is Cute for Halloween

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!

Cheesecloth Ghost

Cheesecloth ghost

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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Please leave a rating or share a photo on Pinterest!

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

Christena Kaufman

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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How to Make Cheesecloth Ghosts for Halloween

How to Make Cheesecloth Ghosts for Halloween

With just a piece of cheesecloth, some Mod Podge, and a little black felt for the eyes, you can make this easy Halloween craft.

Many years ago, I had an adorable cheesecloth ghost that I bought at a craft sale. I enjoyed using it in my Halloween decor while my kids were growing up.

Sadly, after a series of moves a few years back, it looked pretty sad and misshapen, but the good news is that these cute and spooky Halloween cheesecloth ghosts are a snap to make!

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Easy Halloween DIY

  • two 26-inch square pieces of cheesecloth
  • Mod Podge Fabric Stiffener 
  • aluminum foil & soda bottle (for the ghost form)
  • black felt for the eyes (or googly eyes if you prefer!)

I purchased a package of cheesecloth and a bottle of Modge Podge’s “Stiffy” (which is similar to a liquid starch) from Amazon, but I’m sure craft stores would carry these supplies as well.

I have also seen some tutorials where people use spray starch from the laundry section, or even Elmer’s Glue with a little bit of water added, but I haven’t specifically tried those methods so I can’t vouch for how well they work.

The Mod Podge Stiffy was reasonably priced and seemed easiest, so that’s the method I chose and it worked like a dream!

How to Make Cheesecloth Ghosts for Halloween

DIY Cheesecloth Ghosts

Step 1: prepare your work surface.

It’s a good idea to protect your counter or tabletop from the starch or glue mixture.  I used parchment paper, but wax paper or even a piece of cardboard would work nicely.  

Step 2:  Create the Ghost Shape

There are so many ways you could do this, so just use what you have on hand– don’t overthink it!

I used an empty plastic bottle with a piece of aluminum foil shaped into a ball for the head.  You could also use a styrofoam ball, tennis ball, or even a small balloon for the head of the ghost.

I also shaped the arms from foil and attached them to the sides of the bottle with wide strips of packing tape.  Pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks, or even floral wire could also work to create the arms of the ghost structure.

How to Make Cheesecloth Ghosts for Halloween

Step 3: Coat the cheesecloth in Fabric Stiffener

I placed enough cheesecloth for one ghost (a 26″x 26″ square) into a gallon-sized zipper bag.  

Then I squirted in a few drops of the Mod Podge fabric stiffener and worked it around in the bag, which was a simple way to fully coat the layers of cheesecloth without a lot of mess.  

Tip:  Add more Mod Podge or a few drops of water as needed to ensure that the cheesecloth gets fully coated in stiffener. It really doesn’t take a lot though.

How to Make Cheesecloth Ghosts for Halloween

Step 4:  Drape the Cheesecloth

Remove the wet cheesecloth from the bag and gently drape it over the head structure of your ghost form.  Take your time arranging the cheesecloth pieces to create folds and flowy parts at the bottom of the ghost.

​It’s very important that you use enough cheesecloth so that it “puddles” at the base of the ghost.  This is the part that will support the little ghosts so that they stand on their own after they have dried and the bottle underneath is removed.

How to Make Cheesecloth Ghosts for Halloween

I let my ghost dry overnight.  You want the fabric stiffener to be fully dried before removing the supports underneath.

Step 6:  Add the Face

Once the ghost is dry and stiffened, it’s time to add the face.  I cut out felt eyes and a mouth and hot glued them on for simplicity. 

How to Make Cheesecloth Ghosts for Halloween

Step 7:  Create some Fun Effects

 I shaped the arms slightly differently for each of my ghosts.

One cute ghost has its arms forward, so it can hold a small white pumpkin .  The second has the arms spread wide to hold a small banner I made using brown paper and twine. 

Get creative and have fun making each of your ghosts special!

How to Make Cheesecloth Ghosts for Halloween

(I think I got my mini alphabet stamps from the Target dollar section, but THIS set from Amazon is similar.)

Add a little bit of twinkle to your spooky cheesecloth ghost by tucking a string of fairy lights up underneath. I love the extra touch this adds for the Halloween season!

How to Make Cheesecloth ghosts for Halloween

Cheesecloth Ghosts Halloween Craft

Aren’t these adorable little cheesecloth ghosts just perfect for Halloween?

How to Make Cheesecloth Ghosts for Halloween

Display them with some little plastic spiders and my favorite flameless taper candles ,and your Halloween decor is ready to go!

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6 thoughts on “ How to Make Cheesecloth Ghosts for Halloween ”

These cheesecloth ghosts are adorable! Such a fun and festive Halloween project! I am excited to feature your post at this week’s Tuesday Turn About link party. Thank you for sharing!

Thank you so much, Lynne! I appreciate it!

That is just so creative, whimsical and cute!

Thank you, Christie!

Oh my goodness! I remember making one of these years ago! I’m so happy to have this so that I can recreate it! I especially love that each of yours is holding something fun and festive!

Thanks so much, Laura! It’s such a fun and easy project! 🙂

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How to Make Cheesecloth Ghosts for Your Halloween Decor

Give your home a ghoulish presence with this DIY project.

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how to make a ghost with cheesecloth

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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  • Cheesecloth

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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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Other Cheesecloth Ghosts Alternatives:

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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How about a blast from the past with a super easy Halloween craft for kids to create??? Cheesecloth ghosts are soooo easy to make! And the perfect way to decorate for Halloween time. These transparent ghosts are also great for fall decorating and Halloween party decor. Plus, if you are a Disney Halloween fan then I’m sure you are thinking of the Disney’s Haunted Mansion when you see these ghost decorations!

Once upon a time I had a giveaway blog where I did a few fun craft posts and fall decor ideas from time to time. I like to crafting and DIY Halloween is a favorite because I really love the holiday.

One of my favorite Halloween ideas that I blogged about was where I created some cheesecloth ghosts with Parker when he was little. (You can see the original post HERE .)  The year?  2012.  The place?  Our current home.  The month?  October.  Back when the original post made its debut it was a little late in the month for Halloween decorating.  Sure it was still a fun easy Halloween craft to do with the kids but it would have been nicer if I had posted it just a tad bit earlier.  This time around I’m ahead of the game.

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Disney Haunted Mansion Ghosts

These DIY cheesecloth ghosts have always reminded me of the Disney Haunted Mansion. It’s a family favorite ride. And you know those transparent ghosts dancing around in the dining room during the dinner party scene? Cheesecloth ghosts work perfectly for decorating like that! Make some ghosts our of cheesecloth and decorate like a festive Disney Halloween. Get more Disney Haunted Mansion decoration ideas on the blog HERE .

Halloween Craft Idea

Everyone likes a good holiday craft especially when it’s a really simple DIY. Have you started decorating yet??? I mean it IS the time of year that the decorating for Halloween can officially commence. Even though I think stores are trying to convince us otherwise and to skip just on by the fall holidays altogether. Because there’s already Christmas stuff out! I mean seriously. I saw Christmas decorations the other day at Hobby Lobby.  I have a feeling that they’ve been there since after Easter…  But right now it’s the time for the October holiday so how about prepping for All Hallows’ Eve by creating a really easy Halloween craft?  I’m talking one that the kids can even help you to create. These DIY cheesecloth ghosts are such an easy Halloween craft for kids!

If you remember I shared with you back in the day how my darling audiologist man would make these cheesecloth ghosts with his mother every Halloween while growing up in Sugar House, Utah .  He actually had to teach me how to create ’em because I had never been privy to such knowledge before.  Prepare yourselves because I’m going to now share with you how to create a very easy Halloween craft in just 5 easy steps .

Easy To Make Cheesecloth Ghosts

Step 1:   Gather your supplies.   To make the cheesecloth ghosts you will need a package of cheesecloth (you can get it HERE ) and a can of spray Mod Podge .  You can picked up both at the craft store or most grocery stores will carry the cheesecloth.  If you don’t have sprayable Mod Podge then a can of spray starch or hair spray will also do the trick.  You’ll also need some aluminum foil, duct tape, empty water bottles, and some pencils or sticks.  Most of those items you should be able to gather around your house.

Step 2:   Build the ghost forms.   You can use any type of bottle really or tall object.  We used various sizes.  First just ball up a piece of aluminum foil and affix to the top of the bottle or object with duct tape. Then use the duct tape to attach pencils or sticks as the arms of the ghost form.  We use orange peelers and wire because I couldn’t find any pencils at that moment.

Step 3:   Drape the cheesecloth over your forms.   Be sure to have ample amount of cheesecloth hanging over the form.  It should be billowing around the bottom of the form.  This way you will have a base at the bottom for the cheesecloth to stand up on its own.

Step 4:   Spray Mod Podge.   Coat the cheesecloth with a thin layer of sprayable Mod Podge.  Basically just spray all over and then let dry.  Then spray again to ensure that the cheesecloth is stiff.  Allow the cheesecloth ghosts to dry for several hours (or over night).

Step 5:  Remove the ghost form.   After your ghosts are completely dry then you can carefully pull the bottle out from under each one to remove the form.  You are left with a ghostly apparition that stands up all on its own!

Happy Halloween Crafting!

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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.

cheesecloth ghosts diy

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.

cheesecloth ghosts diy

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!

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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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How to Make Floating Halloween Cheesecloth Ghosts

How to make floating halloween cheesecloth ghosts.

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Need a fun Halloween decorating idea?  These Floating Halloween cheesecloth ghosts are the perfect addition to any home decor during the Halloween season.  They are an easy and fun craft project that you can make yourself or with your kids.  You can make them spooky or spooky fun.  You can set them on a table or hang them from a ceiling.  Either way they will add that little bit of ghostly ghoul to your Halloween decorating scheme. 

All you really need for this project are a few household items and a little bit of time.  There are actually two methods of creating this project.  You can create your own starch liquid or use spray starch.  I didn’t have any spray starch on hand so I made my own starch liquid using corn starch that I had in my pantry.  I am sure that the spray starch would have been easier but I like to use what I have on hand.  The cheesecloth can be purchased in any supermarket though I got mine at Amazon.  This post contains affiliate links that if you click on them and make a purchase I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.  

What you will Need: How to make floating halloween cheesecloth ghosts

  • Cheesecloth
  • Cornstarch or spray starch
  • Round object like a smooth Styrofoam ball
  • Stand to sit the round object on
  • Orange Ribbon (Optional)

How to make floating Halloween cheesecloth ghosts

Step 1: Make the starch

Take two cups of water and place it into a microwave safe bowl.  Add one cup of cornstarch to the water and mix thoroughly.  Microwave in 30 second increments until the mixture thickens.  It may take up to 2 minutes to complete this process.  Set aside to let cool but do not allow it to get cold.  You could use spray starch instead of this mixture if you like.  

How to make floating halloween cheesecloth ghosts

Step 2: Set up the stand

I used a smooth Styrofoam ball and a small thermos and pill container to act as the mold and the stand.  It was important that my ghosts have a round head so the ball was perfect for this purpose.  You could use any round object for your ghost.  

How to make floating halloween cheesecloth ghosts

Step 3: Cut the Cheesecloth

My cheesecloth came in a long sheet.  I laid it over my form and stand to get the fit that I wanted and cut it accordingly.  

Step 4: soak the cheesecloth

Smush the cheesecloth thoroughly in the cornstarch mixture.  The cornstarch is pretty thick at this point so you will need to knead it with your hands to get it soaked all the way through.  Skip this step if you are using spray starch.  

Step 5: Layer the Cheesecloth

Layer the cheesecloth over your round object so that it completely covers the object and it puddles on the counter.  It is important that some of the cheesecloth puddle at the bottom because this is what the ghost will stand on when it is finished.  If you are using spray starch for your project layer the cheesecloth then spray the starch over the cheesecloth so that it is completely soaked.

How to make floating halloween cheesecloth ghosts

Step 6:  Let Dry

Let the ghost dry.  It may take overnight for it to completely dry.  

Step 7: finish the ghost

Once the starch has dried and the cheesecloth is stiff remove it from the form and stand.  It will now stand up on its own.  It will actually look as if it is floating.  Cut two circles for the eyes and glue them to the ghost. If you would like to make a girl ghost add an orange bow to finish the look.  You have now completed your Floating Halloween Cheesecloth Ghost.  

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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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Make Spooky Cheesecloth Ghosts with Glue

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May 5, 2023

Introduction

Introduction

What are Cheesecloth Ghosts?

Cheesecloth ghosts are a fun and easy DIY Halloween decoration that can add an eerie touch to your home decor. These spooky decorations are made using cheesecloth , a loosely woven cotton fabric that is often used in cooking, and a glue mixture. The result is a ghostly figure that can be hung from doorways, trees, or anywhere else that needs a touch of Halloween spirit. Cheesecloth ghosts are a great project for both kids and adults, and can be made quickly and inexpensively with just a few materials. If you’re looking for a simple yet effective Halloween decoration, then making cheesecloth ghosts is a great option.

To make cheesecloth ghosts, you will need the following materials:

To get started with creating your cheesecloth ghosts, follow these simple steps.

Materials Needed

To make Cheesecloth Ghosts with glue, you will need the following materials:

Cheesecloth is the main material needed for making ghosts. It is a gauzy fabric commonly used in cooking and crafting that can be easily draped over any form to create a ghostly shape.

You will need a form to drape the cheesecloth over. A balloon, mannequin head, or plastic container can be used as your form. After you have your form, you will need to prepare it for use by painting it with gesso or white paint.

A water and glue mixture is needed to make sure that the cheesecloth sticks to the form. To create the mixture, mix glue and water in a large bowl. Alternatively, you can use a cornstarch and water mixture.

Flour and cornstarch are also needed to make the glue mixture. These are used to thicken the mixture and ensure that the cheesecloth adheres to the form properly.

Lastly, scissors are needed to cut the cheesecloth into the desired shapes and sizes. Optional enhancements can be made by adding glow-in-the-dark paint or LED lights to the finished ghosts.

Step-by-Step Guide

Step-By-Step Guide

Step 1: Prepare Work Area

When it comes to creating cheesecloth ghosts with glue, the first thing you want to do is set up your work area. This will provide a clean and organized space to work in. It’s essential to have every material you need ready to avoid any inconvenience. Here’s a quick checklist of what you’ll need:

  • Cheesecloth: As the primary material, you’ll need cheesecloth to make the ghosts. Have the required amount of cheesecloth ready for this project.
  • Form: You can use any form to create the shape of the ghost. Balloons, mannequins, and foam balls are great options to consider.
  • Glue: The glue will help hold the cheesecloth in place, so it’s essential to have enough glue for the project. Our gloopy glue recipe is perfect for this project.
  • Bowl: You’ll need a bowl to hold the glue mixture.
  • Water: Water is needed to dilute the glue and make it easier to work with; you can check out our glue goo recipe for the right consistency.
  • Drop Cloth: To prevent any mess, cover your work area with a drop cloth. This will ensure that any glue or water spillage does not damage the surface.

By having all the required materials nearby, you can work comfortably and efficiently, without any distractions or interruptions. Now that you have your materials set up let’s move on to the next step.

Step 2: Cut Cheesecloth

To create the perfect Cheesecloth Ghost, it is important to cut the cheesecloth to the appropriate size. Firstly, measure the form that you will be using to create the ghost shape. Cut strips of cheesecloth to fit the shape of the form, leaving an extra inch or two on each side for overlapping and securing the cloth in place. The strips do not have to be perfect, but ensure they are long enough to drape over the form and create the desired ghostly shape.

Note: It’s important to have extra cheesecloth available to allow for any mistakes or adjustments. In case you need to make any changes, having spare cheesecloth can be a lifesaver.

If you are not sure how much cheesecloth you need, a good rule of thumb is to have double the length of your form. This allows for draping and wrapping the cheesecloth around the shape without accidentally pulling it off.

Pro-tip: If you are working with a group, having a template or stencil for everyone to follow can be helpful in ensuring that the cheesecloth is cut to a uniform size.

Once you have cut the cheesecloth to size, set the strips aside until you are ready to soak them in the glue mixture. Now that the cheesecloth is cut to size, we can move on to the next step of the process.

If you are looking for similar crafting projects that involve glue, check out this tutorial on making a piñata with a balloon and glue , instructions on making glue balls , and this creative guide on making glue stick slime . Additionally, if you want to try a unique painting technique, you can learn how to crackle paint with glue .

Step 3: Prepare Glue Mixture

To prepare the glue mixture for your cheesecloth ghosts, you will need a few simple ingredients. Firstly , gather one part water and one part white glue in a mixing bowl. You can use any brand of white glue as long as it is not tinted or colored in any way. Next , mix the water and glue together thoroughly until they are well combined. After that , add a small amount of cornstarch to the mixture to help thicken it up. You should only need to add a tablespoon or two of cornstarch, so be careful not to add too much. Then , mix the cornstarch into the glue and water mixture until there are no lumps or bumps. Finally , let the glue mixture sit for a few minutes to allow the cornstarch to fully incorporate into the mixture.

To summarize, to prepare the glue mixture for your cheesecloth ghosts, follow these simple steps:

  • Gather one part water and one part white glue in a mixing bowl
  • Mix the water and glue together thoroughly until well combined
  • Add a small amount of cornstarch to the mixture to help thicken it up
  • Mix the cornstarch into the glue and water mixture until there are no lumps or bumps
  • Let the glue mixture sit for a few minutes to fully incorporate the cornstarch

Step 4: Dip Cheesecloth in Glue

To create the perfect cheesecloth ghosts, you need to dip the cheesecloth in glue to create the shape of the ghost. Here are the detailed steps to follow when dipping the cheesecloth:

It is essential to take extra precautions when dipping the cheesecloth to ensure that it does not fold or tear in the glue mixture. Folded or torn cheesecloth may result in a shapeless ghost that does not look as spooky as intended.

Step 5: Drape Cheesecloth over Form

After mixing the glue and water solution, it’s time to drape the cheesecloth over the form to create the ghostly shape. Follow these steps:

Remember that the more layers of cheesecloth you drape over the form, the thicker and sturdier the ghost will be. Play around with the amount of cheesecloth you use for different effects. After all the cheesecloth is draped over the form, let it dry completely before removing it. This will ensure that the ghost holds its shape.

Step 6: Dry Cheesecloth Ghosts

Once you’ve draped your cheesecloth ghosts over your form, it’s important to let them dry completely before moving them. This ensures that the shape you’ve created stays intact. Step 6: To dry the ghosts, place them in a dry, well-ventilated area. You can use either a clothesline or a flat surface, such as a table or countertop. Be sure to place something underneath the ghosts, such as a towel or newspaper, to catch any excess glue.

Depending on the size of your ghosts, drying time can take anywhere from a few hours to overnight. To speed up the drying process, you can use a hairdryer on a low setting or a fan. Just be sure to keep the ghosts far enough away so that they don’t fall over or lose their shape.

Once the cheesecloth ghosts are completely dry, carefully remove them from the form. To do this, gently lift the cheesecloth edges and peel them away from the form. If you’re having trouble, you can use a pair of scissors or a craft knife to carefully cut away at any glue that may be holding the cheesecloth to the form.

After removing the cheesecloth ghosts from the form, you can further enhance them with optional additions like glow-in-the-dark paint or LED lights. Let those dry according to their instructions before displaying your spooky creations.

Optional Enhancements

Looking for ways to add an extra “wow” factor to your cheesecloth ghosts? There are a few optional enhancements you can try out that will take your spooky decorations to the next level. From glow-in-the-dark paint to LED lights, these additions will make sure your cheesecloth ghosts stand out – even in the darkest of nights. Here are some unique ideas to make your ghosts even more hauntingly beautiful.

Use Glow-in-the-Dark Paint

Looking to add some spooky flair to your cheesecloth ghosts? Why not try using glow-in-the-dark paint? This simple enhancement can take your ghostly creations from drab to downright eerie!

To use glow-in-the-dark paint, you will need to follow these steps:

Once you have gathered your materials, simply apply the paint to the cheesecloth in the desired areas. You may want to create a spooky design or simply apply a thin layer of paint to the entire cheesecloth ghost. Allow the paint to dry completely before exhibiting your creation.

When your ghostly creation is dry, use a blacklight to make it glow in the dark. The effect of the glow-in-the-dark paint can be enhanced by strategically placing the blacklight near the ghosts. This will make them pop even in a dark room.

Now sit back and watch your ghostly creations come to life with the help of glow-in-the-dark paint. Your guests will be sure to be spooked by this simple but effective enhancement.

Add LED Lights

For an extra spooky effect, try adding LED lights to your cheesecloth ghosts. Here’s how you can do it:

Adding LED lights can take your cheesecloth ghosts to the next level, creating a creepy atmosphere that is sure to spook anyone who sees them. Just be careful not to leave the lights on for too long, as LED lights can get hot over time.

After following the steps outlined in this guide, you should now have a spooky and fun decoration for your home – your very own Cheesecloth Ghost! These ghosts are great for Halloween parties, haunted houses, or just for adding a touch of creepiness to your home decor.

Using cheesecloth and glue, you were able to create a ghost-like form that is lightweight and durable. By draping the cheesecloth over a form and allowing it to dry, you were able to create a ghostly shape that can be hung up or placed in various areas of your home.

If you want to take your Cheesecloth Ghosts to the next level, consider adding glowing paint or LED lights. These enhancements can make your ghosts even more spooky and eye-catching.

Overall, making Cheesecloth Ghosts with glue is a fun and easy DIY project that anyone can do. Plus, you can use these ghosts year after year to add a haunted touch to your Halloween decor. So, get creative and have fun making your own Cheesecloth Ghosts today!

Frequently Asked Questions

What can i use as a form for the cheesecloth ghosts.

You can use various objects as forms, such as balloons, foam balls, or even bottles.

What type of glue should I use?

You can use any white glue, but a mix of water and glue in equal parts works best.

How long does it take to dry the cheesecloth ghosts?

It usually takes around 24-48 hours for the ghosts to completely dry.

Can I use food coloring in the glue mixture?

Yes, a few drops of food coloring can add a unique touch to your ghosts.

What can I use instead of cheesecloth?

You can use any lightweight woven fabric, such as muslin or gauze.

How can I make the ghosts look spookier?

You can add black fabric paint to create an eerie effect, or spray the ghosts with gray spray paint for a haunting appearance.

Can I use these ghosts as outdoor decorations?

Yes, but keep in mind that they may not endure heavy rain or wind.

How long will the ghosts last?

With proper storage, the ghosts can last for several years.

Can I reuse the form after making the ghosts?

Yes, you can reuse the form for multiple batches of ghosts.

Can I personalize the ghosts?

Yes, you can add small accessories like hats or bows to make each ghost unique.

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How to Make a Cheesecloth Ghost

Texture of fabric from a gauze

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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How to Make a DIY Cheesecloth Ghost

Home decorations are always better when you make them yourself, am I right? You just seem to get a sense of accomplishment every time you look at your beautiful creation! That’s why in this blog, I’m sharing a step-by-step tutorial on how to make a DIY cheesecloth ghost to add some creativity to your Halloween decor. Ready? Let’s get started.

What is a Cheesecloth Ghost?

A cheesecloth ghost refers to the DIY project of creating a “ghost” made out of the cheesecloth fabric. During Halloween, many turn to this craft in order to create unique Halloween decor on a budget. Plus, this spooky decoration is on trend this season!

Step-by-Step: How to Make a DIY Cheesecloth Ghost

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Step 1: Gather your materials

For this project, you’ll need a big package of cheesecloth (you can typically find this in bulk at your local craft store or on Amazon ). You also need mod podge, a balloon, a tall mason jar, super glue and black felt.

  • Cheesecloth
  • Tall mason jar
  • Black felt sheet

Step 2: Get your frame ready

Now that you have your materials gathered, you’ll want to assemble your base. Blow up the balloon (not too much, just enough to form a small “head” for the ghost. Once it’s ready, place the balloon on top of the mason jar and maneuver it in until it is snug.

Step 3: Dip your cheesecloth in glue

With your “ghost” base, you’re ready to get the most important part of this DIY project ready! Take your role of cheesecloth and cut two different strands that are each about the same length long. This will be the base for your ghost! Choose the length depending on how tall you want your ghost to be and how much you want it to spread out on the bottom (this will depend on how tall your mason jar is).

Once you have the perfect length, add some mod podge to a bowl and dip one strand of cheesecloth into the bowl.

Step 4: Drape your cheesecloth over the frame

Once the cheesecloth is coated, squeeze out the excess glue and drape it over your balloon base. You’ll want to try and make the shape even. If you see little sections that are rolled up, use your fingers to unravel the cheesecloth and spread it out into the ghostly shape you’re looking for. When you’re ready, repeat the process with your second piece of cheesecloth.

Step 5: Allow to dry for 24 hours

Once you are happy with the way the cheesecloth drapes over your base, you’re ready to let it dry! Leave it out for 24 hours and allow it to harden completely.

Step 6: Create and attach eyes

Now that your ghostly figure is dry, it’s time to attach your eyes! Take some scissors and pop your balloon, then gently remove your ghost from the base. It should be able to stand up on its own now.

Cut your “eyes” from the felt and attach them to your ghost using super glue (or another glue of your choice, you can also use hot glue for this). Have fun with this! You can go classic with two round eyes, or you can even do what I did and make a winking ghost.

Step 7: Place over a faux candle

Now you have the perfect Halloween home decor piece that was made from your own hands! You should be proud. Consider placing it over a fake candle and turning the candle on in the evening for a ghostly glow that radiates throughout your home.

DIY Cheesecloth Ghost FAQs

How long does it take for the cheesecloth ghost to dry completely.

The drying time can vary depending on the humidity in your area, but it typically takes several hours to overnight. Using a fan can help speed up the drying process.

Can I make my cheesecloth ghost bigger or smaller?

Yes! You can adjust the size of your ghost by inflating the balloon to your desired head size and by varying the length of the cheesecloth strips. Longer strips create a larger ghost, while shorter strips result in a smaller one.

How do I store my cheesecloth ghost after Halloween?

To store your ghost, gently flatten it and place it in a dry, cool place. Avoid folding or creasing the cheesecloth, as this can damage the shape. A cardboard box or plastic bin works well for storing it until the next spooky season.

Can I reuse the cheesecloth for another project after making a ghost?

While the cheesecloth will be stiffened for the ghost, you can try soaking it in warm water to soften it again if you want to reuse it for a different craft project in the future.

Is it safe to use a fake candle with my cheesecloth ghost?

Yes, it’s safe to use a battery-operated fake candle with your cheesecloth ghost. However, avoid using a real flame as it may pose a fire hazard.

Can I add more embellishments to my cheesecloth ghost?

Absolutely! Get creative with your ghost by adding additional decorations like ribbon, fabric paint, or glitter for a unique and personalized touch.

Can I hang my cheesecloth ghost outdoors?

Yes, you can hang your ghost outdoors, but be mindful of weather conditions. If it’s going to rain or be excessively windy, it’s best to bring your ghost indoors to preserve its shape and longevity.

How do I clean my cheesecloth ghost if it gets dusty or dirty?

Gently dust your cheesecloth ghost with a soft brush or use a can of compressed air to remove any dust or debris. Avoid getting it wet, as moisture can affect the fabric stiffener.

Can I make multiple cheesecloth ghosts for a larger display?

Of course! You can create a spooky army of cheesecloth ghosts by following the same steps for each one. Adjust their sizes and shapes for a diverse and eerie ensemble.

Conclusion: DIY Cheesecloth Ghost

Creating a cheesecloth ghost not only gives you a unique Halloween decoration for your home, but it also makes for a fun activity for you to do with family and friends. Get creative and make a ghost that’s perfectly tailored to your ideal Halloween home decor.

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    Directions: Create the form that you'll put the cheesecloth over. Make sure it's secure. Tape down things to make sure they don't shift or fall apart while forming the ghost. If using Styrofoam balls you can cut off a bit on the bottom so it will lay flatter on your bottle. Combine in a bowl a mixture of 1 part water to 2 parts Mod Podge.

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    To make Cheesecloth Ghosts with glue, you will need the following materials: Cheesecloth is the main material needed for making ghosts. It is a gauzy fabric commonly used in cooking and crafting that can be easily draped over any form to create a ghostly shape. You will need a form to drape the cheesecloth over.

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