Cheese Cloth Ghost Craft Tutorial

Here is a fun craft, though somewhat messy, that can dress up your Halloween decor! It’s a spooky cheese cloth ghost!

I have made so many Halloween crafts and incorporated ghosts into some of them! Starting with the Small Cheesecloth Ghost, which is a great beginner version of this project. Then, I have ghosts in the Haunted House Coaster and the Halloween Confetti Coaster. A great ghost craft for kids to decorate is the Easy Ghost Coasters project!

Supplies You Will Need for Cheese Cloth Ghost

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TIP: I also used a pan and wax paper – a freezer paper, aluminum foil, or cling wrap might even work better than the wax paper – even a silicone pad would probably work really well.

Cheese Cloth Ghost Video Tutorial

Cheese Cloth Ghost Directions

Before getting started on the cheesecloth ghost, know that it will get MESSY!

But if we are being honest, some of the best things in life are messy!

Be sure to prep your workspace for the cheese cloth ghost. Line baking sheet with wax paper or aluminum foil. Put your liquid starch in a bowl and get started!

Step 1

Create an armature using an empty water bottle, a styrofoam ball, a skewer, a wire hanger and aluminum foil. It will serve as the mold to drape your cheesecloth for the ghost.

Create an armature with a styrofoam ball, water bottle and wire hanger

Step 2

Cut the cheesecloth into six or seven strips. Make them long enough to cover the armature. You should still have an extra sheet left over and you want to save then until the end.

Cover styrofoam head and the ends of the wire (hands) with aluminum foil, to insure the head will be released and the hands won’t poke through the finished cheese cloth ghost.

Wrap the styrofoam ball with aluminum foil

Step 3

Lay strips (one at a time) over the armature and with a paintbrush, brush starch over the cheesecloth to make sure it is saturated.

Warning: The cheesecloth will shrink up and cure together. Do your best to keep the cheesecloth separated, but don’t sweat it too much. The strips are kind of a base and give it additional strength.

Drape the cheesecloth over the ghost armature

Step 4

Add all the strips to the cheesecloth ghost. When you have all the strips on, it will still look pretty skimpy.

Not to worry!

The first layer of cheesecloth ghost will look sparse

Step 5

Place the remaining large piece of cheesecloth over your skimpy cheesecloth ghost.
Then, brush another layer of starch over the whole thing. Again, the cheesecloth will shrink up but it will conform to some of the strips you already starched.

Drape larger piece of cheese cloth over the cheesecloth ghost
Brush liquid starch over the cheese cloth ghost

TIP: There will be quite a bit of starch pooling on your pan. I suggest you take paper towels or rags to soak up a bunch of the excess (in the pan) because otherwise, it will take FOREVER to dry. Figure a day… day and a half (depending on the amount of starch).

Step 6

Once dry, carefully peel your cheese cloth ghost off of the pan and carefully remove the armature. I found that when I pulled the one arm out, it was better to cut the hanger with the wire cutters for the other one because it started bending the other side. The ghost is surprisingly durable, so be careful, but give it a tug here and there if you need to.

Remove the armature from the dried cheese cloth ghost

Step 7

Cut out felt ovals and glue on for eyes.

Glue black felt ovals onto the cheesecloth ghost for eyes

It should stand by itself. It is definitely an indoor Halloween decoration unless you seal it with something. You can put a battery-operated tea light under it, so it glows at night!

cheese cloth ghost craft

It will stand by itself.  It is an indoor decoration.  You can put a battery operated tea light underneath to make it glow at night!

cheesecloth ghost

What I love about this ghost is it goes with any decor! It went with my darker decor up north, but also goes great with my lighter decor down south!

Cheese cloth ghost

Have fun with it! I’d LOVE to see what you make! Be sure to share it over on my Craft Klatch Facebook Group! It’s Free! ❤️

Cheesecloth Ghosts

If you like cheese cloth ghosts but don’t want to take on the mess, here are some you can buy!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheesecloth ghost pinterest pin

Remember: Life’s too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!™ Stay safe!


2 thoughts on “Cheese Cloth Ghost Craft Tutorial”

  1. This is a fantastic project! Such a great idea to use cheese cloth.
    Would you consider linking this up at my Pinworthy Projects Party? I hope to see you there!

    • Thank you Shannah. I would be happy to. When is your next party and send me a link, I'll be there! Thanks for stopping by!


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