Looking for an adorable and not-so-scary Halloween craft project to add to your to-do list? These cheesecloth ghosts are just the ticket! Made to look like they are floating on their own, these ghosts are sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike.
- Darice Cheesecloth – 1.5 Yard Square.
- Darice 13.75″ Paper Mache Cone.
- 3″ Foam Ball.
- Liquid Starch.
- Darice 30mm Paste-On Googly Eyes.
- Darice 3/8″ Apple Green Grosgrain Ribbon.
- Darice Orange Grosgrain Ribbon.
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue.
If you wish to use the paper cone for another project, start by covering the cone with foil.
Use the scissors to cut the cheesecloth into 12″ strips.
Pour about 1 cup of the liquid starch into a large bowl. Unfold one of the cheesecloth strips and dip it into the starch, making sure the piece is completely saturated. Wring out any excess starch.
Unfold the piece, and then drape it over the cone frame created in the previous step. Continue adding pieces in this manner, overlapping the edges of each piece slightly as you go, until your cheesecloth ghost takes shape.
Make sure to adjust the bottom of the pieces so they are even, trimming away any excess that doesn’t fit with the overall shape of the project. Make any adjustments to the overall shape and placement of the cheesecloth strips before setting the project aside to dry for 4-6 hours. Once the starch is dry, it will be completely stiff and no adjustments can be made to the cheesecloth ghosts, so it is very important that your ghost is exactly how you want it before it dries!
When the project is dry, carefully lift the ghost from the frame below. Use hot glue to affix two googly eyes to the ghost’s face. If desired, tie a ribbon bow and affix it to the top of the ghosts head with the hot glue for an accessorized touch.
These cheesecloth ghosts can be made in any size depending upon the cone frame used underneath. These would be absolutely darling hung from a chandelier or other light fixture, or even outdoors from a tree to welcome trick-or-treaters on Halloween night. They are equally fun used for Halloween party decor, mantel decorations and any place that needs a touch of Halloween cuteness!
Thanks so much for stopping in! I hope you’re inspired to get a start on your Halloween crafting. Now that you mastered your crafting skills using cheesecloth, try this mummy craft wreath for a coordinating Halloween decor item!
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Having grown up in a home brimming with sewing notions and paintbrushes, Amy Bell has a deep love for all things creative. On any given day at her blog, Positively Splendid, you’ll find her knee-deep in her latest creative endeavor, with projects ranging from sewing and crafts to recipes, home decor and kid-friendly ideas. Amy believes that everyone, regardless of skill level or experience, possesses the ability to create things that matter with their own two hands, and Positively Splendid was born of her passion for helping others harness their innate creative potential. Amy is married to her high school sweetheart, and they reside outside Austin, Texas with their four young children and one wily beagle.