Halloween Decorations: How to Make Cheesecloth Ghosts

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Halloween is just around the corner, and I have been thinking up fun, crafty ways to decorate.  Thinking back, I remember making cute, spooky ghosts using cheesecloth and Elmer’s glue.  In fact, my crafting career started with these cute little guys!  When I was about 12 years old, I had a booth in a children’s craft fair where I sold Halloween decorations that included these cheesecloth ghosts.  Back then, I remember staying up late into the night adding the final touches to my spooky creations.  Embellishments included witches hats, broomsticks, top hats, canes, and tiny trick-or-treat bags that actually contained candy.

I recently decided to give these guys another try.  I had the Charlie Brown Halloween Special, “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” in mind as my inspiration.  With the help of good friend, we were able to create four costumed characters.  My husband and I set them up in our back yard and created the above photo.

If you want to make your own spooky decorations, here are the instructions for these cheesecloth ghosts:

What You Need:

  • Wax Paper
  • Plastic Bottle
  • Dowels or Pencils
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Water
  • Elmer’s Glue
  • Shallow, Disposable Dish
  • White Cheesecloth*
  • Embellishments, As Desired

Directions:

1.  Spread out the wax paper on your working surface, taping together if needed to protect your table and keep your ghost from sticking.

2.  Create a form for your ghost using the plastic bottle, dowels, and aluminum foil.  Get creative with this!  You can use large or small bottles, styrofoam balls, sticks from your yard, or anything else that you find to make a form.  Just make sure that it won’t stick to the cheesecloth, and is relatively sturdy.

3.  Mix one part water and two parts glue in the dish.  Cut the cheesecloth into approximately 3 inch wide strips and coat with the glue mixture.  Remove the excess glue with your fingers, spread out the cheesecloth, and drape it over your mold.

4.  Repeat step 3 as needed until your mold is covered with several layers of cheesecloth, and you are happy with the way that the ghost looks.  Allow the ghosts to dry for at least 24 hours before removing them from the mold.  They should be dry to the touch.

5.  While the ghosts are cute on their own, you can add hats, eyes, and props to really make these cute decorations stand out!

*Note: You can purchase cheesecloth at the craft store, at the grocery store in the kitchen department, or at the hardware store.  Just make sure to get white cheesecloth, as it also comes in a natural color for more industrial purposes.

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