I love hanging ghosts around the house and in our yard for Halloween. Starch makes these cheesecloth ghosts retain a ghostly shape in such a spooky way. We did some research on how to do it and found a lot of confusing tutorials. Through trial and error thought, we figured out a really simple process for them. Here’s how to make them…
Step 1: Create your figure with boxes, tape and a balloon. You can do any size or height you’d like!
Step 2: Drape the cheesecloth over to find your desired length.
Step 3: Dump your bottle of liquid starch (or just Elmer’s glue works well too) into a bowl, add about a cup of water, and mix well.
Step 4: With rubber gloves on, dip your piece of cheesecloth into the bowl until saturated. Squeeze and move the fabric around until evenly dispersed and squeeze out any excess.
Step 5: Your cloth will be in a big wad, so gently stretch it back out to its original shape. Drape over the form. Add a little additional liquid starch to the head portion, that will be the most difficult part to maintain its shape afterwards.
Step 6: Add sticks or other objects to hold up end where the arms and legs might be.
This one above stretch out to the green bowl ended up with a really nice movement (see below) so definitely pull out a corner or two on each!
Step 7: Let dry overnight, then pop the balloons and hang with fishing line through the top
Voila! Spooky Halloween decor done!