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How to Make Halloween Cheesecloth Ghosts | Thrifty Decor Chick

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How to make cute DIY cheesecloth ghosts for the Halloween season.

This is SUCH an easy Halloween project for kids (and adults!) of all ages. I
love this cheesecloth ghosts craft! 

I’ve made these so many times over the years and they always turn out so cute.
No two are exactly alike!

I warn you — this cheesecloth project is messy, but it’s a really fun and
easy Halloween craft to do with the kids! 🙂  

This fall craft is perfect to do with kids outside. 

The basic ingredients for these fabric ghosts are glue and warm water.
You’ll want balloons or some other form for the ghosts and felt or a black
marker for the faces:

black and white cheesecloth

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Any liquid glue will work — Elmer’s glue and
Mod Podge
both work well: 
elmers glue mod podge

How to make cute cheesecloth ghosts:

  • Blow up a few balloons in various sizes (for big to smaller ghosts). You
    can also use items around your home to create your ghosts. (More on that
    in a bit.)
  • Mix equal parts warm water and glue in a bowl.
  • Soak the pieces of cheesecloth (cut up to the sizes you want) in the
    glue mixture, then drape them over the balloons. 
  • Leave about a day until they are very hard. Then you can pop the
    balloons and peel them off, or just remove the cloth from whatever you
    used for your form. 
  • I used black and white felt to make the faces. (But paper would work
    just fine!)

I wanted to make bigger ghosts this year, so I grabbed all kinds of
bottles and bowls from the kitchen to use. I stacked up a set of mixing
bowls for this one: 

I used two layers of cheesecloth and placed it on top first to make sure
it would drape down to the bottom.

You can also use mason jars or styrofoam balls in different sizes. (The
glue will wash off of plastic or metal with warm, soapy water afterwards.)

If you’re making smaller ghosts, you’ll want to dunk your whole
cheesecloth into the mixture and then squeeze out any excess (this is the
messy part, but gloves would help!): 

cheesecloth with glue

For the larger ones, I opted to keep the bottom flowy, so I didn’t
saturate the whole cheesecloth: 

dunking cheesecloth in glue

I put out some old towels and drop cloths and set them on top, draped over
their “forms” to dry overnight:

DIY cheesecloth ghosts

The thinner your fabric, the quicker they will dry. Don’t worry if they
stick a bit, you’ll be able to manipulate them easily. 

These cute flowing ghosts are so inexpensive to make, and a fun project
for the kids! I love the result when the bottom of the ghost is left loose
— it looks even spoooookier

tall cheesecloth ghost

These aren’t meant to all look alike, the differences are what make them
look more realistic. 😉 

black and white cheesecloth ghosts

And of course they become even more haunting with an LED candle

cheesecloth ghost with candle

Too cute! These are so fun. 

There are many different recipes out there but this is the easiest and it
worked great. I also thought it would be fun to mix them with glow-in-the-dark glue!

Here’s how these ghosts look when you make them with something smaller
like a balloon: 

cheesecloth ghosts craft

One item I can’t do without during the holidays are my little
flickering LED tea lights or votives. I love those in particular because you turn them on once and they stay
on for six hours. 

No need to turn them on and off because the timer does it for you!

Have you tried this cute Halloween craft? 

Hover over this image to pin this project for later:

Halloween ghost craft

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