Making Cheesecloth Ghosts

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October 3, 2019

Floating Fabric Ghost - ghost and other fall decorations displayedThis is a simple way to make a really cool ghost decoration for the Halloween season. When it's all done, it's just the fabric that's standing up on its own; it does not need any support. All you need is thin fabric, starch, and some objects from around the house to build upon. I used a slightly heavy linen-like cheese cloth, but you can use any thin fabric you can find.


You can use any number of things to make the ghost shape to build on. I used a lightbulb on a plastic bottle and stuck a wire hanger through. You could also use Styrofoam balls and regular sturdy wire. I used spray starch to stiffen the fabric, but you could use goopy liquid starch as well. I started mine at night and let it dry through the morning.

Total Time: 30 minutes plus dry time

Yield: 1 ghost


  • plastic bottle
  • light bulb
  • tape
  • hanger or thick wire
  • wire cutters
  • thin cloth
  • scissors
  • starch
  • tray or board
  • foil or parchment paper
Floating Fabric Ghost - supplies


  1. Cut off the top of the plastic bottle so your lightbulb can sit in it.
  2. Floating Fabric Ghost - cut off the top of a plastic water bottle so that the light bulb will fit
  3. Place the lightbulb inside and tape it so it does not fall off.
  4. Floating Fabric Ghost - tape the light bulb inside

  5. Cut the hanger or wire so it's long enough to poke through the bottle to mimic 2 arms.
  6. Floating Fabric Ghost - cut hanger or wire to poke through the bottle to craft the arms
  7. Bend the arms upward and tape into place.
  8. Floating Fabric Ghost - bend the wire upwards and tape in place
  9. Place this ghost form on a board or tray lined with foil or parchment paper.
  10. Floating Fabric Ghost - foil lined tray
  11. Cut a wide rectangular strip of fabric and drape it over the head and arms, pushing down to form snuggly, then drench with starch.
  12. Floating Fabric Ghost - place a rectangle of fabric over the form and push down snuggly over the wire for the arms before drenching with starch

  13. Smooth the wrinkles out on the head.
  14. Floating Fabric Ghost - smooth out the wrinkles on the head
  15. Now cut a big square of cloth and drape it over the ghost, making sure it's long enough to gather at the bottom after pressing down around the head and shoulders. Saturate with starch.
  16. Floating Fabric Ghost - drape a large square of fabric over the form and spray with starch
  17. Trim the corners off in a rounded fashion.
  18. Floating Fabric Ghost - trim corners to round
  19. Place something sturdy in front of the arms so it doesn't weigh down and fall while it dries. I used 2 water bottles.
  20. Floating Fabric Ghost - prop up the arms so that they don't fall, water bottles work

  21. When it's dry, very gently remove the plastic bottle and lightbulb form from underneath.
  22. Floating Fabric Ghost - when dry gently remove the bottle and bulb
  23. It will stand on its own. Trim off any excess fabric.
  24. Floating Fabric Ghost - trim off excess fabric, it will stand on its own
  25. I let mine fully finish drying in the morning sun. It looked pretty cool just standing there-- almost creepy!
  26. Floating Fabric Ghost - drying completely in the morning sun
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October 28, 2008

Simple and easy and cheap! Blow up a balloon and dip a square of cheesecloth into fabric stiffener. Drape over balloon. Let dry and then pop the balloon. Add felt eyes or use a dark marker.

Ghosts made from cheesecloth sitting on woodstove.

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October 10, 2017

I've seen these ghosts on YouTube. They are very cute! You can also make several little ones, just use a smaller bottle and balloons.

Halloween Ghost - ghost on top of shelf

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