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DIY: Spooky Cheesecloth Ghosts for Halloween

Written by Whitney Bennett

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Make your own ghost Halloween decorations from cheesecloth and starch.

Decorating your home for Halloween is a fun way to get into the spooky holiday, but sometimes it seems like the decorations around town are not particularly unique. Liven up (or is it dead-en up?) your Halloween decorations by making your own with these easy cheesecloth ghosts! Little crafters will love making these, and you’ll love how fun they are to do together. Even if you don’t have any ghouls and boys at home, you can spook-ify your home easily. You can easily draw the same cute faces you see above using our free stencil download below. 

Materials Needed:

You'll need cheesecloth, starch, and models to make your ghost decorations.

Cheesecloth

You can find cheesecloth at most craft supply stores, but it’s also inexpensive online. Make sure to purchase the bleached cheesecloth (unless you want your ghosts to have a light tan color.)

The bleached cheesecloth is going to be pure white.

We are making smaller ghosts so we only purchased four square yards but, depending on how large you want to make your ghost decorations, you may need more.

Download these cute face stencils for your ghosts.

Liquid Starch

There are lots of crafts for cornstarch ghosts. We went with the easy way and just purchased liquid starch. You can find it in the laundry aisle at most stores. This is what makes the cheesecloth keep the ghost shape.

Decorations for Ghost Faces

We have provided some free versions that you may want to print out and use as stencils for your ghost faces. Just put the stencil under the cheesecloth and use markers to trace the faces onto the cloth.

Use these stencils to make your cheesecloth ghosts have cute faces.

Balloons, Old Paper Towel/Toilet Paper Roll Tubes, Tinfoil

These will be used to shape the ghosts.

Fishing Line

If you’re going to be hanging your ghosts, use fishing line to make the ghosts seem like they’re floating on their own.

Download these ghost face stencils for your ghost cheesecloth craft.

Step One: Create a Ghost Model

Make models for cheesecloth ghosts.

Before you start shaping your ghosts out of the cheesecloth, make a model that you can drape the cheesecloth over to dry.

Cut the paper towel or toilet paper roll down to the height you want your ghosts. Then, blow up a balloon and attach the balloon to the toilet paper roll.

If you want arms on your ghosts, you can add wire to this model. You can use anything around your home to make models. We made some other models using tinfoil and old bottles!

Step Two: Prepare the Cheesecloth

Cut your cheesecloth for your ghosts.

Using your model, measure your cheesecloth and cut the cloth to the right size. You may want to double up on your cheesecloth to get the right thickness, depending on what type of cheesecloth you purchased.

Step Three: Wet the Cheesecloth with Liquid Starch

Dip cheesecloth into the starch and drape it over the models.

Before you start this portion of the project make sure your work surface is covered and protected! We used old craft paper to protect our table.

Pour your starch into an old Tupperware or craft bowl.

Dip the cheesecloth piece in the starch and then wring it out. You don’t want the cheesecloth to be completely dry, but you don’t want it to be dripping the starch all over.

Step Four: Place the Cheesecloth on the Model

Add wet layers of cheesecloth onto ghost models.

While the cheesecloth is still wet, lay the cheesecloth onto the model ghost, shaping it the way you want the ghost to look. Depending on how many layers you want on your ghosts, you may do this a few times until you achieve the spooktacular look you want! Make as many ghosts as you have cheesecloth.

Make more cheese cloth ghosts using different sized models.

Step Five: Let Dry

Let your cheesecloth ghosts dry overnight.

Let your ghosts dry. They will probably need to sit overnight to dry completely, so keep that in mind.

Step Six: Decorate Your Ghosts

Using the printable faces we’ve provided (or your own creations!), decorate your ghost faces. Print, cut out and put the face you want inside of your ghost. Then, use markers to trace along the cheesecloth, following the faces as a stencil. 

Use the printable ghost face stencils to decorate your ghosts.

You can use these free ghost face stencils to decorate your ghosts:  Use these stencils to create faces on your ghosts.

Step Seven: Hang Your Ghosts Up

Finally, it’s time to display your creations. Using fishing line and a needle, thread the fishing line through the top of the ghost. If you want to light your ghost up, you can thread the needle through the top of a soft, plastic tealight and then through the top of your ghost. Hang your ghost up to show off your creepy creation!

Once you’ve completed your ghost-y friends, make sure to show us a picture of your creations by posting and tagging Landmark Home Warranty. We can’t wait to see what you made.

Of course, although it’s fun to be frightened this time of year, it’s not fun to actually be scared of home repairs. A home warranty plan from Landmark can help you protect your budget and covered systems and appliances when they fail from normal wear and tear. Take a look at what we cover here or, if you’re ready to buy, purchase a home warranty here.

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