Wednesday, October 1, 2008


Oooohhhh aren't they SO spooooky???? Hee! Too stinkin' cute to be scary, I think. I love my cheesecloth ghosts...this is SUCH an easy project! I warn you though -- it is extremely messy.

I did these last year so I don't have step-by-step pictures, but the basic ingredients are glue, warm water, balloons and felt for the faces. To make them:
  • Blow up a few balloons in various sizes.
  • Mix equal parts water and glue (I'm not sure of the exact amount -- I can't find my directions).
  • Soak the cheesecloth (cut up to the sizes you want) in the mixture, then lay them over the balloons. (By the way, the cheapest place I've found for cheesecloth is the grocery store.)
  • Leave about a day until they are very hard. Then you can pop the balloons and peel them off.
  • I used felt to make the faces. In the end, each ghost will end up only costing you pennies, especially since you probably have some Elmers laying around!

There are many different recipes out there but this is the easiest and it worked great! I thought it would be fun to mix some glow in the dark paint in there too. I guess they make "Stiffy" stuff that glows now.

One item I can't do without anymore, whatever the season, are my little LED tea lights. I started grabbing them up a couple years ago after Halloween and I use them in my candle holders where you can't see the candle. We have three very fat cats with very fluffy tails, so they are almost a necessity. (Don't want kitty to go POOF!!!) Plus with a little one around now, they are great to have. They even flicker! You can get them for a steal after Halloween and I just saw them at the Dollar Store the other day.

Whew, I was busy today...I know I've had a fruitful day when hubby comes home and notices everything I've done! (And loves it!!) Here's another project that was inspired by Cherry (check her out, she is SO creative!!) over here. I'm not sure how she did hers exactly but when I saw it, it got my wheels turning...

I took these items -- wooden pumpkin, sparkly scrapbook paper and leftover ribbon:

Used spray adhesive to attach the paper to the pumpkin (see his smiling face?):

Used an exacto knife to cut the excess paper off and got this:

He was a little rough around the edges so I sanded him down a bit. Hung him with the ribbon and here you go!:

I think I'm going to make about 10 more of these cutie patoots!! Love it! Total cost was about $2 for the pumpkin and $2 for the paper. (YES, $2 for a sparkly piece of paper!)

I have many more spooky projects to show you tomorrow (you'll be sceeeeeered!! Not so much.) But now I must sleep!


  1. hi thrify....i think your ghost are absolutely adorable, may have to try this myself. I check your blog daily as i wonder what amazing project you are up to doing. Keep up the fantastic creativity. Most things i do in our house must be on a tight budget, so your blog is just what i need.
    have a good night

  2. So cute! That is funny about the cats' tails and hubby's comment...I can totally relate.

    I have never seen those flickering doodads, will have to look for them :)


  3. Love the pumpkin project...where did you get the wooder pumpkin? Also, do you have to stretch the cheese cloth or does it just come out like that? Could you hang those ghosts? So many questions...I love your to it through Cherry's Jubilee.

  4. Those ghosts are very cute!! They would make fun luminaries outside!!

  5. I hope you don't mind if I put these on my blog and link back to you. THey are just too cute to resist.

  6. still lovin' those ghosts!
    Great choice of paper for the pumpkin.

  7. Oooh, I love the ghosts! You just gave me another excuse to spend money! My husband thanks you! ;) I have wanted to copy Cherry's jack-o-lantern, too, and yours turned out perfectly!!

  8. Hi! I hopped over from Today's Creative Blog & I love all your ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Love the cheesecloth ghosts!
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  10. I love the pumpkin... where did you get the pumpkin you used?

  11. My mom and I used to make cheesecloth ghosts like these when I was a kid! They were my absolute favorite. Never did add the candles though, nice touch!

  12. What a cute idea, I love the pumpkins!

  13. I tried to make those ghosts years ago but mine didn't turn out as cute as yours!

  14. Your ideas are AMAZING... I am going to have to linger awhile, and visit again...
    Thanks for sharing~ Jen

  15. Duh!! I was just wondering how you were going to keep those ghosties from burning your house down. ::snort:: Electric candles ... genius!!

  16. Came back for another shot of inspiration. Not sure how I forgot to comment the last time. I love all these great ideas!

  17. You are my hero!!! I just love all your ideas!! I definitely want to try the cheesecloth ghosts!! you are amazing!! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Where did you find the pumpkin? I want one BAD!! :) I hope you don't mind if I copy some of your crafts and give you full credit of course! :)

  19. That is a great project! I remember making a full sized person one! It involved carefully covering the person with plastic (making sure they could breath) and then covering them with cheese cloth. It came out great! I wish I still had it.


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