Cheesecloth Ghosts

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Halloween is almost here, but there’s still plenty of time to enjoy this adorable kid friendly craft!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Mason Jars (with the rim of the lid)
  • Liquid Starch
  • Cheesecloth
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Balloons
  • Bowl
  • Scissors
  • Baking sheets
  • Optional: felt, hot glue gun, needle, thread, sharpie

 

 

 

 

 

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Begin by making something that vaguely resembles an arm shape, with your pipe cleaners. Then hook the end over the rim of the mason jar. (You may want to double up the pipe cleaners on each arm for a little extra strength.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Then screw the rim on to hold the arms in place. (Don’t use the inner lid piece.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Blow up the balloons (to the size you want the heads to be) and set them inside the opening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Once your silly little statue looks the way you want, open up your cheesecloth. Carefully unfold the whole thing, then refold to the right size and shape to fully cover the ghost. You want to have at least two layers and the bottom edges need to be too long all the way around.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pour some of the starch into the bowl, set the “statue” on the sheet pan,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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and slowly dip the cheesecloth into the starch. This was as far as he was willing to go because he didn’t want to get his hands “gooey”, :-) but you do need to submerge the whole thing. Squish it a bit to make sure the whole thing is saturated then lift it out and gently squeeze out the excess.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This is the most difficult part. You need to gently spread the whole thing back out into a sheet of fabric rather than a gooey wad of cheesecloth. Once you have it mostly spread out, drape it over the ghost structure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Continue to gently pull it to where you want, making sure that you have a bit of a pile of fabric sitting all around the bottom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Now you wait. It took about a day and a half for mine to dry fully. Once they are truly dry (be sure to check that the pile on the bottom is dry. It’s the last to dry and the most important.) Very carefully pry the hardened cheesecloth from the sheetpan, then from the statue. Once it is completely free, it will stand. Yay! Now, you can leave it like this, but I wanted to embellish a bit,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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so I broke out the hot glue gun and some felt. A long time ago someone gave us a big bag of random pieces of felt. They told me that since I now had a child I would be doing lots of crafts with felt. Honestly, in 5 and a half years, and with TONS of crafts, this is the first time I have ever used the felt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I cut some small ovals and used the hot glue to attach them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Then I made a small banner for one of the ghosts to hold.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I attached it with a bit of thread tied to the approximate place where the ghost’s hands would be, you know, assuming they have hands. :-)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I decided this bigger one looks like a parent so that means the smaller one is a child.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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So naturally he should be a kid out trick or treating with the classic plastic pumpkin bucket.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I sewed this one on as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Aren’t they so cute!?!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Technically we did this as a fun little kid craft, but I am pretty sure I am more excited about them than he is. :-)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more fun things to do with the kids, be sure to check out some of our other projects.

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