DIY Halloween Cheesecloth Ghosts

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DIY Halloween cheesecloth ghosts are an easy and fun way to add to your spooky decor.

I ran across similar ghosts a couple years ago on Pinterest and thought they were adorable. The problem is that once I start pinning Halloween decorations, October is too busy to actually MAKE them. This year I had one weekend in September with NOTHING on the calendar…WHAT?! I took advantage of it and along with some apple picking with my family, I made a few Halloween decorations. Check out my  DIY Halloween potion bottles and my  DIY Halloween candles

Here is what you'll need:

  • cheesecloth
  • liquid starch
  • water balloons
  • mason jar
  • pipe cleaners
  • card stock/stickers 
  • felt or markers for eyes

First I doubled the pipe cleaner to make it more stable. I then made an indent in it and bent the sides upwards. Place that in the jar.

Next comes the balloon, let it sit right on top. This will be your Halloween ghost’s head.

Cut the cheesecloth to 36″ long. I then unfold it from the many folds of the manufacturer and fold it in half.

Fill a small dish with liquid starch and wet the cheesecloth. Squeeze the excess out of it and drape it over the balloon, letting the extra fall to the ground and gather. You may have to play with it a bit to get the shape you desire. 

I let mine sit overnight. Then I gently lifted it off the balloon and pipe cleaner. Next I chose to make small banner flags out of burlap. Michaels had little burlap tags that I bought and cut to size. I cut out the “BOO” using my Cricut but you can buy letter stickers from any store that sells crafts. I then hot glued the flags onto a black string which I hot glued to the ghost’s “hands”. I cut eyes out of vinyl or you can use felt. Mine are 1/2 inch diameter.

I made a couple of these, one with a burlap banner...

and one with an orange one. For more DIY Halloween ideas, visit

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  • Julie, Dunnellon Florida Julie, Dunnellon Florida on Oct 24, 2019

    Love it

  • Julie Julie on Oct 24, 2019

    Can you use these out side? or would they get ruined if it rained or snowed?

    • Shirley Valdes Shirley Valdes on Oct 24, 2019

      I would think that rain would make the starch break down. You'd need to use something that stiffens and is waterproof.....I'm just thinking.

    • Betty Betty on Oct 24, 2019

      Very clever! Thank you for sharing.

    • Janice Janice on Oct 24, 2019

      The starched ghosts could be sprayed with a clear waterproof seal type finish. Several coats would ensure they could stand up to rain or snow.

    • P P on Oct 24, 2019

      I bet diluted Elmer's glue - not the water soluble school glue - would hold up outside-

    • N. G. Londonderry N. G. Londonderry on Oct 25, 2019

      I agree with Shirley! This looks like a cute INDOOR Decoration to me!

    • Pamela - DIY vibes Pamela - DIY vibes on Oct 25, 2019

      You could always test out Sun Armor or Camp Dry--not sure if they'd work but they are outdoor waterproof trays. You would also need to worry about the wind, cheesecloth is pretty light.

  • Debbie Debbie on Oct 24, 2019

    Where did you get the 31 magnifier? I love that too

  • Tom Tom on Oct 24, 2019

    What is the best paint to use on plastic Halloween and Christmas decorations ?

    • Kate Kate on Oct 25, 2019

      What kind of ornaments? the big pumpkins or Santas? There is Krylon paint for plastics. Mask off and spray paint as needed. Round plastic christmas balls? use acrylic paint for the inside.

    • Pamela - DIY vibes Pamela - DIY vibes on Oct 25, 2019

      They have spray paint made for plastic. You can try Krylon Fusion for Plastic spray paint for indoor or outdoor use. Rust-Oleum has spray paint specifically for plastic too. If it's for indoor use indoor only and a smaller item, there are acrylic paints made for "multi surface" --should say that on the label, FolkArt makes one, if there's not a lot of handling.

  • Tom Tom on Oct 25, 2019

    Yes I will try the spray paint. Is there any paint which I can paint on with a brush for the small spots/area ?

    • Pamela - DIY vibes Pamela - DIY vibes on Oct 25, 2019

      If it's for indoor use only and a smaller item, there are acrylic paints that you brush on made for "multi surface" --should say that on the label, FolkArt makes one, if there's not a lot of handling.

  • Nila Whitaker Nila Whitaker on Oct 26, 2019

    Cool! Maybe some glow in the dark spray as well! A black light to eliminate!?


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