DIY Halloween Hanging Ghost. Halloween is just around the corner and we are busy preparing for our joint Halloween/Birthday party.
If you caught my last Halloween post you will have seen the amazing (if I do say so myself) Death Eater I created for last year’s party.
It took a fair bit of time to make but I was so pleased with the outcome and it was well worth the blood sweat and tears, so go check it out.
This year, with business being much busier and my new blogging hobby underway, I haven’t had half as much time as i did then so i have to admit, my attempt at making my own Halloween Decorations, so far this year, has been a bit crap.
That being said, I did manage to try my hand at making a DIY Hanging Ghost and I must say, it’s really quite easy.
So here’s how I did it…
DIY Halloween Hanging Ghost
What you need:
- PVA Glue
- Cling film
- Plastic tub (to mix PVA and water)
- Plastic bottles with Balls stuck to the top (or something similar to help shape cheesecloth)
- Baking paper (to catch any glue spillages)
- Fishing wire
- Black felt tip pen or sharpie
What to do:
Create the shape
First things first, you need to create a shape to eventually position the cheesecloth over to dry.
Using sellotape secure the balls (or balloons or anything similar), on top of the plastic bottles. You can use any objects that will allow you to create the ghost shape with the cheesecloth.
Cover the plastic bottles with cling film, this will make for easier cheesecloth removal later. I would also advise placing the bottles on grease proof paper to stop you getting glue on whatever surface you choose to leave your ghosts to dry.
While still dry, take your cheesecloth and position it over your bottles to create the ghost shape your happy with and then cut the cheesecloth to the size you want.
Mix PVA with water & soak cheesecloth
Using your plastic tub, mix the PVA and water together. I used 1 part water to 2 parts PVA. Give it a good stir to make sure it’s well mixed.
Take your cheesecloth and dip it into the PVA & water. You want to make sure it’s completely covered and soaked through. Remove it from the tub and lightly wring off any drippy bits.
Stretch out the PVA covered cheesecloth and position it, once again, over the plastic bottles to create the ghostly shape your happy with.
Tip: make small tears in the bottom of the cloth to give your ghost an uneven and wavy shape. Have you ever seen a ghost with a perfectly even shape? No, me neither.
Put your Cheesecloth Ghost to one side and leave overnight to dry.
Remove ghost from its stand and get a face on it.
When your cheesecloth is completely dry. Give it a good prodding to check. Gently lift and tease your cheesecloth ghost off the bottle stand. This is where you’ll be glad you covered your bottles with cling film. You’ll notice your ghost holds it’s shape really well, so don’t worry about getting your hand in there to reshape.
Now for the face. I thought about using black felt material to create eyes and a spooky mouth but as my ghost is fairly see-through I wanted the eyes and mouth to also be see-through. If you want the same effect, just use a black felt tip pen or sharpie to draw on your ghosts eyes and mouth.
Last but not least, use some clear fishing wire to hang your spooky creation from the ceiling.
And there you have it, your DIY hanging Halloween Ghost.
Do you have any DIY Halloween decoration creation ideas? Or will you be making a DIY Halloween Hanging Ghost? I would love to hear how you get on.