How To Make A Ghost Centerpiece

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1 Hour

If you met me you would think I was crafty. I have a room filled with paint, glue, and glitter. But, the truth is I talk a big game when it comes to crafts. My truth? It is all smoke and mirrors. I cannot stand sticky fingers or glitter. Most of my craft projects go sideways because I lack patience. Until I made this ghost centerpiece. You guys I think my craft curse was lifted. I am so excited to share how to make a ghost centerpiece for the Halloween season!

I wanted an easy Halloween theme centerpiece for my kitchen table or beverage bar.


The first thing you need to know about this ghost is it is a messy project. Make sure to cover the floor or maybe take this project to the garage or driveway (weather permitting).

And, I have almost zero photos because the steps are messy and you have to work fairly quickly to drape the fabric. I will add photos in the off-season.


  • Mod Podge
  • Basketball, volleyball or round styrofoam form
  • Wire hanger
  • Cheesecloth ( this one is Made In the USA)
  • Tarp to catch the mess
  • Bucket to soak the cheesecloth + Mod Podge


  1. Prep the area with a drop cloth or these

Mix the Mod Podge into a small bucket or large bowl

Assemble the ghost. This is a bit tricky with a basketball because it is heavy and it rolls.

I have used styrofoam and metal buckets like the ones I used earlier this season. You just want to create the shape of a ghost’s head.

I found this tissue ball on clearance and wrapped it with one of these to try and reuse it for a second ghost.

The process is a bit of trial and error so let me know what worked best for you!

I used a planter because it was a more stable surface than a ball.

Once you have an idea of how you want to drape your cheesecloth soak the cheesecloth in a mixture of water and Mod Podge. I have used glue too when I did not have enough of the Mod Podge.

This is the most critical step because you want to move quickly and drape the cheesecloth over the ball-shaped object. And, you want to position the cheesecloth around your entire object (planter) before it sets.

The more layers of cheesecloth the more substantial the ghost.

The wire hangers work if you want a wider ghost with a “wingspan.”

Draping the cheesecloth over a wire hanger worked great to manage the layers of cheesecloth.

The fun part arrives as the Mod Podge dries and the ghost takes shape. You have a little time to play with the drape of the cheesecloth before it sets.

Once dry, I used a marker to create the eyes, but felt and googly eyes would look great too!

I ended up setting him up with our beverage bar because he just looked so comfortable and it was out of the way of the day-to-day cooking and eating.

And he joined me for morning coffee!

Please pin for your Halloween or craft boards! You can find my favorite crafts on my Pinterest page. Thank you!

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