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Halloween is one of those holidays that I can’t wait to decorate for! As I continue to venture up into my attic to dig through my big tub of Halloween decor, I find myself wanting to DIY a lot more of my decorations. Last year, I made cheesecloth spiderwebs to drape over the bushes and lampshades. This year, I wanted to use cheesecloth again to create another spooky Halloween DIY project.
I recently added some fabric stiffener to my seemingly ever-growing collection of craft supplies. With Halloween coming up, the first project I wanted to use my fabric stiffener on was cheesecloth ghosts. So I bought some Styrofoam balls from the craft store, pulled out some wire from my craft box, and used an empty bottle to create an easy form to make my ghosts.
- 2-inch Styrofoam balls
- 16 Gauge Galvanized Steel Wire
- Fabric Stiffener
- Cheesecloth, cut into 12 inch squares or larger
- Black Sharpie marker
- Plastic bottle
- Using wire cutters, cut two 6-inch pieces of wire.
- Stick one piece of wire into each side of a Styrofoam ball. Bend to create arms.
- Next, position Styrofoam ball on top of a plastic bottle. Press down slightly so the ball stays in place.
- In a plastic bowl (or one you don’t mind messing with fabric stiffener), pour in a little fabric stiffener, enough to cover a piece of cheesecloth.
- Dip cheesecloth into the fabric stiffener and wring out excess.
- Drape cheesecloth onto your form, adjusting as necessary.
- Allow to dry for a few hours until stiff, or overnight.
- Gently remove cheesecloth from form.
- Use your Sharpie marker to create ghostly eyes and mouth.
- Display or hang your cheesecloth ghost with fishing line.
The bottom of the ghosts can easily be molded to sit properly on a shelf or surface. To hang your cheesecloth ghost, thread a piece of fishing line through the top of your ghost. Knot the fishing line and hang. I have a couple of these floating above our dining room table from our light fixture. They look so spooky cute!