How to Make Halloween Cheesecloth Ghosts

October 01, 2008

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

I love my cheesecloth ghosts...this is SUCH an easy craft project! Aren't they SO spooooky?? They are stinkin' cute to be scary, I think.

I warn you -- this cheesecloth project is messy, but it's a really fun and easy Halloween craft to do with the kids! :)  

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. 

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How to make cute cheesecloth ghosts:

  • Blow up a few balloons in various sizes (for big to smaller ghosts).
  • Mix equal parts 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. (You can also use mason jars or styrofoam balls in different sizes.) 
  • Leave about a day until they are very hard. Then you can pop the balloons and peel them off.
  • I used black 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 or paint them with glow-in-the-dark paint!

cheesecloth ghosts craft

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. 

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.

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  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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