How To / DIY SuperTuff Cheesecloth ghosts

October 12, 2018

DIY Halloween Craft with Trimaco (Tri DIY with us!)

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:

Step One

Gather your materials, and lay down a Trimaco Stay Plus Canvas Plus to contain mess, and provide an easy clean up!

DIY Cheesecloth Ghosts first steps

Note: You may want to check out our tips at the bottom of the page before starting.

Step Two

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.

Step Three

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.

Step Four

Crumble up a piece of aluminum foil, and tape on top of glass bottle or cylinder.

Step Five

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)

DIY cheesecloth ghost
DIY Cheesecloth Ghosts last steps

Step Six

Pour the Liquid Starch into a Trimaco bucket ,and dip the cut Trimaco SuperTuff Cheesecloth into the Liquid Starch. Let excess Liquid Starch dip.

Step Seven

Simply drape over the mold in all directions until completely covered. If mold begins to fall, use materials to hold the base in place.

Step Eight

Let the cheesecloth dry overnight. Once dry, remove the cheesecloth ghost off the mold.

Step Nine

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.

Step Ten

Display your cheesecloth ghosts, give him a name, and repeat to make him/her some friends!

Cheesecloth ghosts

A few tips we learned along the way:

  • Cardboard cylinders work just fine. But if we were to do this again, but a vase, glass jar, mason jar or wine bottle will provides a sturdy base.
  • We recommend using the Stay Put Canvas Drop Cloth. It will not only give you leak proof protection, but we learned that the liquid starch can absorbed the tan coloring of traditional canvas drop cloths.
  • Make sure you really let the liquid starch drip before placing the soaked cheesecloth onto the mold. Trust us – the assembly, dry time and cleanup will be much faster.
  • Leave your ghost standing or add a hole in the top of the head, thread a piece of clear thread or twine (roughly 3-4 feet), and fly your cheesecloth ghosts from a tree limb!

Be sure to check out these step-by-step instructions, in this DIY video:

Other spooktacular Halloween decor ideas

Need other easy Halloween decorating projects to accompany your ghosts? Here are a few other spooktacular Halloween decor ideas to consider.

  • Jack-O’-Lantern
  • Spider webs
  • Plastic Spiders
  • Halloween Wreath
  • Halloween Printables

Have simple Halloween decorating ideas of your own? Feel free to share your DIY projects below!

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