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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Cheesecloth Ghost without Starch

I love the cute cheesecloth ghosts that everyone makes, but most of the tutorials I read required using starch to give the ghosts their shape. I didn't have starch on hand, so I was thrilled when I found a different technique that uses corn starch (which is still probably technically starch, but not the stinky spray kind)!
Cheesecloth Ghosts without Starch

I found the idea at Love and Laundry...and I'm so glad I did. My kids had a blast making these ghosts.

All you need is:
  • Cheesecloth - I found mine at Dollar Tree! We made 3 ghosts with one package.
    Cheesecloth Ghosts without Starch
  • Corn starch - at least 1 cup
  • Water
  • A balloon for each ghost
  • A cup to hold the balloon
  • Black felt
  • Wax paper
  1. First, pour 2 cups of water into a microwave-safe bowl. Add 1 cup of corn starch and mix thoroughly.
    Cheesecloth Ghosts without Starch
  2. Microwave for 30 seconds. Stir. Microwave for 30 more seconds...and on and on until it gets thick.
    Cheesecloth Ghosts without Starch
  3. Let that cool for a few minutes.
  4. Create a stand for your ghost by blowing up a balloon and putting it on a tall glass cup. Put a cookie sheet covered with wax paper under it to make it easier to move.
  5. I cut each piece of cheesecloth in half so we could make more ghosts. Now for the messy part...smoosh the cheesecloth into your corn starch paste. Get it completely covered! Then squeeze out all the extra paste.
    Cheesecloth Ghosts without Starch
  6. Spread the cheesecloth back out and drape it over your balloon stand. Move it around and play with it until it sits the way you want your ghost to look.  
  7. Find a safe place for your ghost to dry. 
    Cheesecloth Ghosts without Starch
  8. Once your ghost is dry, carefully pop the balloon and peel the ghost off the cup...carefully! 
    Cheesecloth Ghosts without Starch
  9. Cut out some black felt circles or other shapes for the ghost's eyes and mouth. Hot glue those on and you're done!
    Cheesecloth Ghosts without Starch
To store your ghosts for next year, gently stuff some fabric inside and make sure not to squish them in the Halloween bin.

Check out some of my other fun Ghost Posts! I'll be linking up to Tip Me Tuesday at Tip Junkie

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