The girls and I needed a fun Halloween craft this week to do during fall break. The girls wanted to make cheesecloth ghosts. Easy peasy. It’s a craft that has been around for centuries and can be done in a short amount of time. Ok maybe not centuries, but I remember seeing them and thinking they were cool when I was a little girl decades ago.
We made three ghosts, well actually two ghosts and a dementor. For the dementor we just added some black paint to the glue. It was hard to get a picture of the dementor. Apparently they aren’t fond of photography. Oh well.
- Aluminum foil
- Bamboo skewers
- Craft glue
- Black paint (optional)
- Foam brush
- Craft snow globe or upside down mason jar (found in the Christmas section at Hobby Lobby)
- Black spray paint
Any craft glue will work, I used Matte Medium because my Decopage glue had seen better days. The matte medium worked just fine. First, create your mold. I used a ball of aluminum foil as a base and made two little oval shaped balls for the arms and a slightly larger one for the head. Stick the skewers in the balls and position the skewers in the the aluminum foil base so that it stands the way you want it.
Add a teaspoon of water to the craft glue on a plate and take three 6×6 inch pieces of cheesecloth and dip it in the glue mixture. Now would be the time to add any paint if you want your ghost colored.
Carefully place the wet cheesecloth over the foil mold, positioning the ghost how you want him. Don’t worry about it being too long, that can be trimmed up later. While the ghosts dry for a couple of hours, spray paint the screw on base of the craft globe if it isn’t black already. Let dry.
Once your ghosts are dry, carefully remove them from the mold. Trim up any ends that are too long to fit into the craft globe. Position them in the globe and display your new spooky pets. Mine are placed on dollar store candle holders which I glued together and painted black. Super easy and fun for the kids!