Halloween Cheesecloth Ghost
It’s only the middle of July, but I’m starting to think about Halloween! Halloween is my favorite holiday and here’s a craft I’ve done for the last few years. A Halloween Cheesecloth Ghost has a great, vintage-y, spooky look without looking cheap and is super simple to make. It is a bit fragile, and I haven’t found a great way to store them, which is why I make new ones every year,
- Cheesecloth (available at Jo-Ann’s, Michaels, or in the fabric dept of Walmart)
- Can of Spray Starch
- Bottle (preferable glass – the additional weight keeps everything upright during the process)
- Aluminum foil or some sort of ball
- Wire coat hanger
- Hot Low Humidity Day or Blow Dryer
Start by straightening out the wire coat hanger as much as you can. Then, fold in half. Use the fold point of the coat hanger and wrap around the neck of the bottle to form the shoulders. Secure to the bottle with masking tape.
Attach the round ball of foil (or other ball) to the top of the bottle with masking tape. (I actually used a decorative ball wrapped in plastic wrap to protect it from the Spray Starch)
Form the arms however you like. I think it looks best if they are angled up as shown.
Measure twice the height of your bottle + add another 12-14 inches. This is approximately how much cheesecloth you will need.
Drape cheesecloth over the form and spray it with spray starch.
While it’s wet, gently pick up areas of the fabric and “sculpt” it to get the flowy effect. (Make sure you have enough overhang at the bottom, because it forms the base.)
Let it dry for about 20 minutes and lightly spray with starch again. When it is completely dry, gently remove from the form.
I love this project! It’s inexpensive, easy and the effect is unbelievable. The cheesecloth costs $2.97 at Walmart and the Spray Starch was $0.97. The balls, coat hanger, and wine bottle I already had. Plus, the package of cheesecloth has enough material to make probably 5 ghosts!