It’s a Halloween favorite.
You’ll make the basic ghost figure first, and then decide where it goes! Will it be a tabletop centerpiece? Or part of a porch display? You decide.
Bonus: you can adapt the below instructions to make some mini ghosts – great for Halloween party place-card holders or to create a family of little ghosties!
- 9” Styrofoam® cone (or 6” for mini ghost)
- 2-1/2” Styrofoam® ball (or 1-1/2” for mini ghost)
- (2) 15” pieces of 20-gauge wire (a wire coat hanger works, too!)
- (1) 3yd package Dritz® white cheesecloth (or 12” for mini ghost)
- Small piece of black felt (for eyes)
- 2 oz. fabric stiffener
- Aluminum foil
- Plastic wrap
- Hot glue gun & glue
|First, put some “arms” on your ghost using the wire as shown; attach the wire to the top of the cone with hot glue if needed. Then wrap the “arms” with tin foil and attach the ball to the top of the cone with hot glue.|
Next you’ll drape a large piece of plastic wrap over the entire form – this is so that the cheesecloth drapes in a truly ghosty fashion and doesn’t stick to the cone.
Time for the cheesecloth! Cut a 6” square and place it in a bowl; cover it with fabric stiffener, then squeeze it out. This piece will go on the head. You’ll repeat this process with a 1-yard piece of cheesecloth to create the “body,” draping and gathering the cheesecloth as shown.Let your ghost dry – when it’s completely dry, it’s ready! Remove the stiffened cheesecloth from the form, add felt eyes, and BOO – you’ve got a Super Cheese Cheesecloth Ghost.
Check out the below PDF tutorial with complete instructions to save or print.
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