October 12, 2018
As we gear up for Halloween, what better way than to create your own DIY Halloween decorations. These home-made cheesecloth ghosts are simple, yet cute additions for your home, entryway or front porch for trick-or-treaters and Halloween party guests to enjoy! Follow these easy steps, to create a spooky, cute, and life-like cheesecloth ghost:
Gather your materials, and lay down a Trimaco Stay Plus Canvas Plus to contain mess, and provide an easy clean up!
Note: You may want to check out our tips at the bottom of the page before starting.
To create the ghost body, we will first need to make a mold. To do this, tape down the glass bottle to the Stay Put Canvas Drop Cloth, to keep it in place.This will secure the mold while we drape the wet pieces of cheesecloth to create the body.
Next, cut 2 feet of the 22-gauge floral wire. Fold in half for extra support. Loop the wire around your glass object, or through your cardboard cylinder- again, tape in place if needed. These will act as the ghost’s “arms” while we drape the cheesecloth, so bend however you please.
Crumble up a piece of aluminum foil, and tape on top of glass bottle or cylinder.
Cut the Trimaco SuperTuff Cheesecloth into strands, long enough drape on both sides of the mold (for paper-towel sized-molds this is roughly 2 feet)
Pour the Liquid Starch into a Trimaco bucket ,and dip the cut Trimaco SuperTuff Cheesecloth into the Liquid Starch. Let excess Liquid Starch dip.
Simply drape over the mold in all directions until completely covered. If mold begins to fall, use materials to hold the base in place.
Let the cheesecloth dry overnight. Once dry, remove the cheesecloth ghost off the mold.
Create eyes and/or mouth for your ghost’s face with the black felt. You may want to create a stencil if you are going to make several ghosts. When dry, glue the pieces to create your ghost’s face.
Display your cheesecloth ghosts, give him a name, and repeat to make him/her some friends!
Be sure to check out these step-by-step instructions, in this DIY video:
Need other easy Halloween decorating projects to accompany your ghosts? Here are a few other spooktacular Halloween decor ideas to consider.
Have simple Halloween decorating ideas of your own? Feel free to share your DIY projects below!