DIY Cheesecloth Ghost Centerpiece


DIY Cheesecloth Ghost Centerpiece

Follow these simple instructions to learn how to make cheesecloth ghosts-- video tutorial, included!

DIY Cheesecloth Ghost Centerpiece
DIY Cheesecloth Ghost Centerpiece

The DIY Cheesecloth Ghost Centerpiece is just the homemade Halloween decoration you need to take your home from boring to spook-tacular. With this craft video tutorial from Terri O., you can make a ghostly centerpiece your guests will absolutely adore (you may just find yourself crowned "The ghost-ess with the mostest"). Don't want to replace your candy bowl centerpiece? No need to worry. Learning how to make cheesecloth ghosts works for more than just your table. Place each "floating" ghost strategically around your house to create an atmosphere fit for all ghouls. Homemade Halloween decorations are a wonderful way to pass the time while waiting for the big day to arrive. So, breathe life into this quick and easy DIY cheesecloth ghost, and it will keep your house haunted all season long.

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Time to CompleteUnder an hour




Materials List

  • Cheesecloth
  • Fabric stiffener
  • Small container
  • Splat mat
  • Black felt for eyes and mouth
  • Small terra cotta pot
  • Styrofoam — 1 to fit snuggly inside the pot, 1 large piece for the head, and 2 small for the arms
  • Wood dowels
  • Plastic wrap
  • Scissors

How to Make Cheesecloth Ghosts:


  1. Make a form for your ghost. This is how I made mine but you can come up with your own idea too. Insert the large Styrofoam ball into the pot. Insert the dowel into the Styrofoam and add the head to the top.

  2. Insert dowels into the Styrofoam for the arms. Wrap plastic wrap around the Styrofoam so that the cheesecloth won’t stick.

  3. Cut a piece of cheesecloth making sure it is big enough to drape over the form.

  4. Set the pot on the mat in a place where you can leave it over night.

  5. Saturate the cloth with Stiffy and drape over your form. Mold it and shape it the way you like it. Let dry.

  6. Once dry, pull out the form and cut round eyes and a mouth. Glue it to your ghost.

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What a cool and fun looking project for Halloween! I really like the transparent look of it. Thanks for sharing this idea!

I can see a bunch of these ghost in different sizes sitting on an end table looking all scary. A fun and cheap project to make with kids ,grandkids,or even adults. A great project to do with your friends while kids are in school. I love these ghosts. I think I will even try google eyes and see what they look like.Great tutorial.

How can you call it the cutest ghost decoration ever, really?

What website for your shirt that you mention?

Wouldn't this look really spooktacular with a battery operated candle under it?

Very easy and good craft to do with children

I've made the Halloween Ghost Centerpiece many times I like the look of the arms but my poor ghosts have no arms Instead of styrophome for the shape of the head I used a balloon blown up to the size I want and set it on an uprighted disposable plastic glass of any size you'd like I prefer the taller plastic glasses You can get a large bag of plastic glasses at a dollar store and just throw away the used ones when your project is completed You can use the leftovers on a picnic camping trip at home for the kids or whatever you'd like The knot of the balloon is sitting inside the cup It looks just fine with no arms tho I do like the arms now that I've seen them The draping of the cheesecloth with the balloon works fine too I just take a pin needleRead More opened paper clip or whatever and pop the ballon when the cheesecloth has dried In the instructions along with what you said you have to wrap the styrofoam with a plastic wrap By using a balloon the cheesecloth doesn't stick and there's no cost for the styrofoam balls Thanks you reminded to get mine out of storage and set them up around the house Sue


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