Thursday, September 20, 2012

Floating {Cheesecloth} Ghost

I got to share this project earlier this month over at eighteen25. Just in case you missed it, here ya go!


Floating Cheesecloth Ghost by www.loveandlaundry.com

When I was a little girl, my mom had a couple of these cute ghosts on our piano during Halloween. I remember thinking they really floated not knowing that it was starch that held them up. This year, I decided it was time to make some for my kids to experience.  I called my mom to get the how-to.  She said she used liquid starch, which is kind of hard to come by. Plus, it’s a lot of money to spend on a ghost or two. So, I found a better and cheaper way to make these.

Here’s what you need:

Floating Cheesecloth Ghost by www.loveandlaundry.com

Cheesecloth (I just found mine in the baking section of the grocery store and it was about $3. I used the whole package for one ghost. I cut it in half and used 2 layers to make it sturdier)
Black felt
Cornstarch
Water
Any kind of “make-shift” stand to support the cheesecloth while it dries out

First, you start by making homemade liquid starch

Pour 2 cups of water into a microwave safe container. Then, add one cup of cornstarch and mix it really well.

Floating Cheesecloth Ghost by www.loveandlaundry.com


Microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in-between, until it gets thick. Mine took about 2 minutes total. This is kind of what you’re going for:

Floating Cheesecloth Ghost by www.loveandlaundry.com

Set that aside and let it cool off a little bit. You don’t want it to get cold, though.


Meanwhile, set up your “make-shift” stand. You can use cups, balloons, Styrofoam balls. Whatever you can find to make the right shape and size. You just want to make sure you can pull it out from under the cheesecloth once it’s dry. Balloons are nice because you can pop them. I didn't have any balloons on had, so here’s what I used:

Floating Cheesecloth Ghost by www.loveandlaundry.com

I put some freezer paper on the table so that the ghost would have something to sit on (besides the table) while it dried.


Next, I cut the cheesecloth in half. I wanted to make my ghost a little sturdier. Coat each piece of cheesecloth with the cornstarch. It took a little bit of working it in. You want to make sure it is completely coated.

Floating Cheesecloth Ghost by www.loveandlaundry.com


Drape the pieces of cheesecloth one at a time over your make-shift stand and make sure you arrange it how you want it. Once it's dry, you can't really change anything.

Floating Cheesecloth Ghost by www.loveandlaundry.com


Once you've got it perfect, allow it to completely dry. Mine took overnight. When it’s stiff, carefully remove the cheesecloth from the mold and glue on two felt eyes.

Floating Cheesecloth Ghost by www.loveandlaundry.com


It’s really hard to capture on camera, but the ghost is completely see-through and looks like it’s just floating!

Floating Cheesecloth Ghost by www.loveandlaundry.com


 I'm linking this post up to these parties.

84 comments:

  1. This is AMAZING!!!! I have NEVER seen this before.. NEVER!!!!

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  2. Wow I am very impressed! This is so spooky and Halloweenie :-)

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  3. I think we had something similar when I was growing up. My kids would LOVE this. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. These are awesome! I remember making very small ones in Girl Scouts YEARS ago but forgot all about them until I saw yours. These would be a fun addition to our decorations, so I'm going to make them with my kids. Also, thanks for joining in on the booing game. Your blog is adorable.

    Bonny @ thedomesticatedprincess.blogspot.com

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  5. This is SO cool and unique Shatzi!! Love them :)

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  6. I loved it when I saw it at eighteen25, and I still love, so incredibly COOL! Your kids must really get a kick out of it!

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  7. I just love these. I remember having them as a little girl too. I can't wait to make them with my kids. Thanks for the tip!

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  8. SO creative! I love this idea! Thanks for sharing :)

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  9. This is absolutely fabulous. I love this idea for Halloween. Thank you!

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  10. This is awesome! Thanks for the great tutorial too! Love it!

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  11. I was seriously thinking about these just the other day! I have a very similar memory, I totally remember my mom making them. I was thinking of calling her and asking how, now I don't need to...Thanks!

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  12. What a fun project! It would be fun for kids to make but it's probably more fun to surprise them and watch them try to figure out how it floats. Thanks so much for sharing at Etcetorize this week!

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  13. I'd LOVE for you to join my Halloween Link Drive w/your Floating Ghost!

    http://www.crochethappy.com/halloween-link-drive-2012.html

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  14. I just wanted to say this ghost is super adorable! I really wanted to make one, so I bought the supplies last night. I'm wondering about the cheesecloth I bought. It's 2sq. yards and very long and narrow, only about 12 inches wide. It doesn't seem like it would work for this project. Do you mind me asking what kind you used? I feel like I would have to make a very tiny ghost with the stuff that I bought.

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    1. I just went to email you and realized that you are a no-reply blogger, so hopefully you'll come back and see my answer. I bought cheesecloth that is 2 square yards also. I actually thought the same thing. But, it unfolded to 3 feet wide. If it does say 2 square yards on the package, it should open up to be 3 feet x 6 feet. The mesh is so fine, it's sometimes hard to tell that there are or 3 layers of cheesecloth there. Hope that helps! Feel free to email me at shatziweb(at)gmail(dot)com if you need more help. ;)

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    2. I just checked my cheesecloth and it does indeed unfold one more time. I'm so glad! I can now get to making some of these adorable ghosts! Thanks for getting back to me so quickly.

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  15. The best and most original Halloween craft *ever*. I love this and have pinned it so I can give it a go.

    Love your blog, I'm a new follower!

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  16. This is awesome- I cannot wait to pin and make 7 for our family:)

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  17. That is so awesome, Shatzi! I so want to try this! I saw one done with liquid starch like you mentioned, but your method sounds so much easier. Pinning for sure! I'm crossing my fingers you'll share this at my Throwback Thursday party. I hope to see you there and thank you so much for sharing! :) http://www.hubbymademe.com/throwback-thursday-no-12/

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  18. I'm hosting an It's Fall Y'all ~ Linky Party. I would love for you to share this, and any other Fall projects you have! Hope to see you there :)

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  19. My mom had one of those ghosts when we were little too. Yours is so cute! Pinned! My kids will love it. Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.
    Rachel
    adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com

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  20. My mom totally bought cheesecloth the other day for something else and I called dibs on it! I am so set on making this ghost! It is such a fun halloween project! I can't wait to make him! Thank you for sharing at Artsy Corner!

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  21. Saw you on One Creative Mommy's link party! This is awesome!! Love this!!!!! Thanks for sharing.

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  22. That is awesome! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party!

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  23. Wow, that's neat! My kids would love them!

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    1. it is so hard

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    2. I AGREE.. its so hard and so messy! Waiting to see if mine turns out

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    3. I don't know why you two had difficulty. It was really easy for me. I just wadded up the cheesecloth and worked the starch into it then unfolded it enough to put it on my stand (which was a turned over pumpkin in a vase) then used the stand to hold it while I undid the edges. It got my hands messy but that was about it. It does take alittle more time to dry than I was expecting but that is because I didn't read her "overnight" part.

      Anyway, for anyone trying it don't be discouraged! It is really as easy as it looks. Pretty fun too!

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  25. I've always wanted to make these!! so fun!!


    Thanks for linking up! I shared your post in my wrap up http://tidymom.net/2012/fall-decorating-craft-ideas/
    Have a great rest of the weekend!

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  26. This is so amazing! Pinning and I can't wait to make these with my kids :)

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  27. This is awesome, can't wait to try it. Thanks for linking up!
    XO
    Kristin

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  28. I tried something like this a number of years ago and it didn't turn out so well. That was before my blogging years. :D Seeing yours and how to's makes me think I need to try it again. Thanks for sharing.
    p

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  29. Love this! I want to try this! Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party.

    Holly

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  30. Shatzi, these are seriously genius!! I'm not even that big of a Halloween person and I'm totally going to have to make one! Super duper creative & cute, girl!!

    {HUGS},
    kristi

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  31. Such a cool idea!! Love it!!
    Keep up the amazing work :)
    Thanks for sharing at Artsy Corner!

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    1. So, so cute and such a fun idea :) Just wanted to let you know that I featured you on my blog today. Come over and check it out: http://www.artsyfartsymama.com/2012/10/pinteresting-features-n-shtuff-52.html

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  32. My mom was telling me about how to make these. It's so much nicer to have a tutorial to follow though. Your ghost looks so good. If you get a chance I would love for you to come link up at my Halloween Pin Party.

    http://sarahdawndesigns.blogspot.com/2012/10/pintastic-monday-halloween-edition.html#.UGnXXq4-WnD

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  33. These are adorable!! I just have to make some of these ghosts. Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

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  34. I'm going to feature your ghost tomorrow as one of my picks for the All Star Block Party features.

    Holly
    Full Circle Creations

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  35. Fantastic! My weekly linky party--One Creative Weekend--has gone spooky this week in honor of my thirteenth party. If you haven’t already, I hope you’ll visit "One Creative Weekend" on OneCreativeMommy.com (open every Fri-Wed) and link up this idea and anything else you’d like to share. (You can include non-Halloween posts as well, but feel free to link up as many Halloween-themed posts as you like.) There are two categories—one for Halloween and one for everything else.

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  36. What a fun project to do with the kids!! So fun I had to pin it. :) I would love to have you stop by 'Or so she says...' and share your great ideas at the Saturday link party (runs until Tuesday night...tonight!) I hope to see you there! www.oneshetwoshe.com

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  38. Love this idea! Since ghosts are on theme for our linky party this week, we'd love it if you'd stop by and share it: Show and Tell: Boo! A Ghostly Linky Party…

    Hope you stop by!

    Thank you!

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  39. So creative and super cute! I want to try to make one now!!

    Thanks for joining Keep Calm & Link Up last week! We hope to see you again this Thursday evening! xo, Meredith @ www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com

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  40. Shatzi,
    I love this cute ghost! I can't wait to try this method. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful week.
    Michelle

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  41. Featuring YOU today over at Artsy Corner!!! Come see what I had to say about your awesome project and grab a button! You earned it!

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  42. So cool!! I HAVE to make one of these! That's an awesome idea!

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  43. Thanks for linking up on 'Or so she says...', hope to see you again tomorrow for another round of 'Your Great Idea'. www.oneshetwoshe.com

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  44. Oh, and one more thing...I picked your ghost as one of my two favorites from the party! So, I'll be featuring it again tomorrow, as well as sharing it on Facebook and Pinterest. Thanks again for sharing at 'Or so she says...'! (www.oneshetwoshe.com)

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  45. LOL! This is hilariously awesome!! I love it!

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  46. Love it! I can't wait to try it.

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  47. What a clever idea! You come up with such great projects, I love reading your blog :)


    Katie
    www.funhomethings.com

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  48. Hi Shatzi-
    Thanks for the great tutorial on your spooky ghosts. I followed your tutorial and posted the results on my blog, Mrs. White Twig and Tea. Thanks for the inspiration! I love your blog!
    -Angela

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  49. Thanks for the great tutorial. Check out the ones I made! Love my mantel now!
    http://twentysomethingtransue.blogspot.com/2012/10/halloween-mantelscape.html

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  50. Simple to follow and make, thank you for the tutorial.

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  51. I have a special Halloween spotlight running today and I've featured your project.
    Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful creation at homework.

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  52. This is so cool!! I'm pinning it!! I'm going to make some the night before Halloween to surprise my kids!

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  53. Wow, this is such a cool Halloween idea. Those ghosts are super cute and so clever that they float. I think they would really puzzle the kids!!!

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  54. Great idea, but do you get "chunks" on the cheese cloth when you coat it? If so, how do you get rid of the without destroying the ghost? Thanks!

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    1. If you can get them off when the ghost is still wet, that's best. Otherwise, just be careful that you don't pull too hard. Hope that helps!

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  55. I did this project today, and the cornstarch mixture did not turn out what so ever. I microwaved 2 cups of water and one cup of corn starch for 30 seconds at a time for more than 2 minutes and it never got thick. I have 3 very unhappy kids.

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    1. That's so strange! I've never had a problem getting it to work. You can also use liquid starch instead of the cornstarch/water mixture. Hope that helps!

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  56. I made this today too. The "cooking" times vary by microwave. Mine took a few seconds more than 2 minutes. I had no problems. Just praying they stand once I remove the support.

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  57. Would this be able to be used outside, or is this inside only?

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    1. I would keep this inside unless it is completely protected from any wet weather outside. Water would make it fall.

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  58. going to do this today! :)
    www.lollypaper.com

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  59. I have made these as well. Here's a twist though. If you want to make "arms" like they are flying, you can use a plastic or wire coat hanger and push it up into the ball on the bottom side and just drape the cheesecloth over it. I have also built a simple frame--made a "cross" out of scrap trim pieces and added the ball to that and just pushed it into a flower pot with sand in it or gravel until it dries. I also have used clear spray paint and year water repellant for them to be placed outside in the trees. They did survive the season since we had very little rain.

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  60. I've always wanted to make a cheesecloth ghost, and thanks to your tutorial, I think this is the year. Thank you! (Sharing, too)

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  61. Helllp! Had no balloons or Styrofoam ball but I used my sons ball and went to remove it this a.m but its stuck! Guna do this project over again n buy balloons jus wana kno would I somehow be able to reuse these clothes ir should I jus buy a new one?

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  62. Thanks for sharing this tutorial. I made mine last night and love them! I used small plastic grocery bags bunched up into a ball and taped it onto a 2 litter bottle for the shape of the head. I placed the bottle into a vase for height. It takes a little gentle prying to get the cheesecloth away from any part of the vase it should touch while drying, but a little patience is all it took and they look great! If your paste does not setup in 2 minutes,keep stirring and microwaving in 45 sec. intervals and it will get pasty. My friend is going to make large size ghosts for the yard, cannot wait to see them! Thanks again:)

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    1. He could use tomatoes cages for added stability

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  63. i think you could add a little glow in the dark paint to your starch and they would glow at night on your tabe

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  64. Found the perfect center pieces to make for my daughter's Halloween party. Thank you!!

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  65. Hi there :) Just wanted to mention that if you find the starch a bit hard to work with you can also make these by using a mix of Elmer's White Glue and water instead of the starch. (it will dry clear) I believe it is about a cup of water and a cup of Elmer's Glue. Just google "Elmer's glue and cheesecloth ghost" you will find many instruction and videos to show you how. Have Fun :)

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  66. Try stirring some glow in the dark paint into the cornstarch mix and set it in the sun during the day and it glows at night! We used 1 cup of glue we bought at the dollar tree and a cup of water and just squeezed in some paint, about 1/4 of one of those little bottles.

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    1. Where can you find glow in the dark paint? I've been trying to find some I want to paint something on my outdoor walkway. Thanks

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  67. Going to give this a try with the grandkids today, along with the witches brooms. Then there front door way will be ready for Halloween.

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