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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Ghost Decoration Tutorial

Happy Thursday!! Here is the tutorial for the ghost decorations that I promised yesterday!! They are so fun and easy to make :)

I originally saw the adorable ghosts on THIS post and fell in love with them!! Hers are so awesome and I tried to make them according to her directions, but I ruined some cheesecloth in the process. I must have cheap pipe cleaners because I couldn't get enough strength in them to hold up the fabric on the arms. Plus, I only had regular round balloons and the head shape was all wrong. So I had to alter the directions to fit the materials I had on hand.

  1. Cheesecloth (about a yard for a smaller ghost...more if you want a bigger one)
  2. Water Bottle
  3. Balloons
  4. Sticks (I used lollipop sticks purchased from Hobby Lobby)
  5. Liquid Starch (Wal-Mart should carry it)
  6. Masking tape
  7. Piercing Tool
  8. Scissors

Fill water bottle about half full...just to give a little weight to it.

With a piercing tool, punch a hole in the side of the water bottle near the top.

Punch a matching hole on the opposite side of the bottle.

Insert the sticks into the holes...these will form the arms of the ghost.

Blow up a balloon for the head. This is a regular round balloon with just a little air. I used masking tape to hold it in place.

If you purchase the cheesecloth in a package, it will probably come folded in thirds. You want to unfold it and then double it over. Drape the cheesecloth over the form, making sure to pool some around the bottom, and then cut desired length with scissors.

Pour liquid starch into a bowl.

Soak the cheesecloth in the liquid starch so that it is nicely covered. You want it wet, but not dripping.

Drape the wet cheesecloth over the form and arrange as desired. Let dry. I let mine dry overnight so they were nice and stiff in the morning. They peel right off the form.

Decorate as desired. I used hemp fiber and phrases printed from A Frightful Affair.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. If you do decide to give it a try, please let me know so I can see them!! You will have so much fun making them :)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day :)


VanessaB said...

oh, those are so awesome! i hope to find the time to give them a try. thanks for the idea!

Sandy from Ukiah said...

Thank you for the tutorial. You are so sweet to share....I would love to give this a try... Wonder if I can find the time.. Thank you Lisa . Have a wonderful week end. Hugs

Sonia said...

Thanks a lot my sweet friend for this useful tutorial:)
Your creations are so cute, one day I must try :)
Thanks a lot again:))
Have a Wonderful day and sweet sweet weekend my dearest friend^_^

Migdalia said...

Hi Fab one,
Thanks for sharing the tutorial!A Fabulous idea!
Till the next one,Enjoy your day my friend,

Beebeebabs said...

Thanks for sharing the tutorial!!!

Nana said...

Thank you for sharing the instruction. Just added starch to my shopping list.

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Sherrie K. said...

Fabulous tutorial....gotta make these! So cute Lisa:)
Sherrie K

Mommy's Crafty Creations said...

These ghosts are amazing! Thank you for sharing the tutorial.


jessica said...

OMG Lisa!! These are awesome!! Thanks so much for the tutorial!!!
Will for sure have to give this a try :)
Have a great night!!

Karon said...

Fabulous Lisa - these are just awesome and great tutorial.


Karen said...

Awesome what a great decoration

Linda Breedlove said...

Thanks for the great tutorial, Lisa.... these are so cute!!!!!!!!!!!!

Life and Knits said...

Great tutorial! TFS!!!


Beate said...

Girl, that is the coolest tutorial. LOVE your Halloween Decor.
Hugs and smiles

Craftin Desert Divas said...

Great tutorial. Looks like they were fun to make. TFS


Kate said...

What a great tutorial. Love it. I will definitely have to try this my friend.

Laurie said...

What a really cute idea!!! Too bad I didn't know about this when my kids were little. :) Hope you have a great evening!!

katieo said...

Looks like a fun project

Yoshiras time to craft said...

This is the coolest and spookiest Halloween decoration.I will have to try this one.love it.

Ashley Nicole said...

The ghosts are so awesome. Thank you for sharing the tutorial. It's a spooktacular decoration.

Aim said...

Oh gosh... You KNOW I'm gonna have to try this!! :) What a great tutorial... Thanks so much for sharing!!

Amy :) at www.lovetocrop.com

Cely said...

You are such a craft goddess! Very cool!

Judy said...

Thanks for the tutorial! :)

~Tammy~ said...

Very cute and fun!

Pam said...

WOW! These are really great!

Annette said...

Great directions and oh so fun! Happy Friday:)

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Rhonda Miller said...

Thank you for the tutorial. I might have to try one of these.

Unknown said...

Such fun little ghosts and great tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

Cheryl said...

These are so cute! I'm going to have to give them a try. Thank you for the directions.

Kathy Salido said...

Thanks for posting this tutorial. I looks so easy to do!!

Karen said...

Of course you delivered a tutorial, my sweetest friend! And so promptly. You're amazing like that. :o) Fabulous, clear, precise, and perfect! I'm hoping to 'soon' use the skater one from last year. Time is ticking away too quickly. :( Come over and help so it'll go quicker! ;)

Hugs and blessings!

Cindy Beland said...

Such a great project idea Lisa!I TOTALLY LOVE your sweet little ghosts,Thanks for sharing the tutorial! I might have to try one of these!!:)

Esther said...

Those ghosts are soooo cool!!! Thanks for the tutorial, I may just have to try this :)

Melissa Mastandrea said...

Thanks for sharing this fun project! Your ghosts turned out really cute! I think I am going to try this :)

Shelly said...

This is so FUN Lisa! I just love this idea - I really want to do this with the kids - Thank you for the tutorial. The project is AWESOME!

A Casa di Ale said...



jacirascrap said...

Mas não imaginaria nunca que o fantasma era feito assim!!! oBRIGADA PELO BELO TUTORIAL!!!!


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