How to make Cheesecloth Ghosts |make cheesecloth ghosts|My Baba Parenting Blog

For the past year I have had these how to make cheesecloth ghosts appearing on my Pinterest feed. I won’t lie, they are pretty awesome.  Plus they are very easy to make which means even little ones can get involved.

Make sure that you follow my Halloween board on Pinterest for more ideas. Don’t forget to save the pin for later.

You will need:

  • PVA glue
  • Cheesecloth
  • Ball of something*
  • Kebab stick
  • Pipe cleaner/ straw
  • Bowl
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Thread

* We used hard cotton balls from Hobby craft, but you could just use a scrunched up bit of tin foil.

how to make cheesecloth ghosts

To start with you will need to make a frame for your ghost. Place your ball on top of the kebab stick and attach some arms. We cut a straw up and taped them onto the kebab stick. If you have pipe cleaners they would probably be easier to use as you simple wrap them around rather than tape them on.

It will take a few hours for your ghost to fully dry; therefore you will need somewhere to put your frame. We stuck ours into pots of play doh to keep them upright.

In a bowl mix together some water and PVA glue.

How to make cheesecloth ghosts

Next cut some cheesecloth and stick it in your glue mix. Squeeze any excess glue out and place it over your frame. Make sure that your get the fabric in the position that you want.

How to make cheesecloth ghosts

After a few hours your ghost should have completely hardened.

Carefully peel it off of the frame.

How to make cheesecloth ghosts

Finally add some thread to the top of the ghost and then hang it up somewhere for a truly awesome Halloween decoration.

EC made a wonderful observation that the finished product actually looked rather like a Dementor from Harry Potter!  Of course after such a fabulous idea I had to give it a go and make one for him.

How to make cheesecloth ghosts

All you need to do is add a little bit of black paint to the glue and water mix.  To make it a bit more realistic I added a couple of layers of cheesecloth to it rather than just one.  The finished product is actually rather scary.  They are perfect for any Harry Potter themed party.

How to make cheesecloth ghosts

My Dementor with our Harry Potter themed pumpkins.

If you liked this how to make cheesecloth ghosts decoration be sure to check out my ghost leaves and hanging bats.

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How to make cheesecloth ghosts using cheesecloth and PVA glue.  They are so simple to make and our such fantastic halloween decorations.  They're so simple to create that even children can make them.

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Nanny Anita is our resident Super Nanny. Having trained at the famous Norland College, in Bath, she has over 12 years experience, working all over the world with children from 2 months to 17 years old. Nanny Anita is an expert when it comes to keeping the little ones entertained and writes a column with Leonora called 'Get Crafty' for Little London magazine. Nanny Anita has been on hand to answer our reader questions, and she provides weekly arts, crafts and activities for families to do with their children at home. She really is a modern day Mary Poppins!

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