Make Spooky Cheesecloth Ghosts with Glue


Crafting spooky decorations is the perfect way to get into the Halloween spirit. If you’re looking for a simple and fun activity that can be done with kids or friends, making cheesecloth ghosts with glue is a great option. These ghosts are easy to make and look hauntingly realistic, making them an excellent addition to any Halloween display. With just a few materials and some creativity, you can create a ghostly scene that is sure to impress. So, let’s get started and learn how to make cheesecloth ghosts with glue!

What are Cheesecloth Ghosts?

Cheesecloth ghosts are a fun and easy DIY Halloween decoration that can add an eerie touch to your home decor. These spooky decorations are made using cheesecloth, a loosely woven cotton fabric that is often used in cooking, and a glue mixture. The result is a ghostly figure that can be hung from doorways, trees, or anywhere else that needs a touch of Halloween spirit. Cheesecloth ghosts are a great project for both kids and adults, and can be made quickly and inexpensively with just a few materials. If you’re looking for a simple yet effective Halloween decoration, then making cheesecloth ghosts is a great option.

To make cheesecloth ghosts, you will need the following materials:

Cheesecloth A loosely woven cotton fabric that is available at most fabric or craft stores.
Glue A mixture of glue and water that will be used to stiffen the cheesecloth.
Water To make the glue mixture.
Balloon Used as a form to create the ghostly shape.
String Used to tie the cheesecloth to the balloon.
Scissors To cut the cheesecloth to the desired size.

To get started with creating your cheesecloth ghosts, follow these simple steps.

Materials Needed

To make Cheesecloth Ghosts with glue, you will need the following materials:

Cheesecloth A Form (balloon, mannequin head, or plastic container)
Gesso or White Paint Water
All-Purpose Flour Cornstarch
Glue (Elmer’s school glue or PVA glue) Water and Glue Mixture
Scissors Cornstarch and Water Mixture
Large Bowl and Spoon Optional: Glow-in-the-Dark Paint or LED Lights

Cheesecloth is the main material needed for making ghosts. It is a gauzy fabric commonly used in cooking and crafting that can be easily draped over any form to create a ghostly shape.

You will need a form to drape the cheesecloth over. A balloon, mannequin head, or plastic container can be used as your form. After you have your form, you will need to prepare it for use by painting it with gesso or white paint.

A water and glue mixture is needed to make sure that the cheesecloth sticks to the form. To create the mixture, mix glue and water in a large bowl. Alternatively, you can use a cornstarch and water mixture.

Flour and cornstarch are also needed to make the glue mixture. These are used to thicken the mixture and ensure that the cheesecloth adheres to the form properly.

Lastly, scissors are needed to cut the cheesecloth into the desired shapes and sizes. Optional enhancements can be made by adding glow-in-the-dark paint or LED lights to the finished ghosts.

Step-by-Step Guide

Step-By-Step Guide
Get ready to create your very own spooky DIY cheesecloth ghosts with glue! Follow these simple instructions step-by-step to make your own haunting Halloween decorations. With materials readily available at your local craft store or online, it’s easy! Prepare your work area, cut the cheesecloth to size, and prepare the glue mixture. Then, dip the cheesecloth in the glue, drape it over a form, and let it dry. You can even add optional enhancements for extra scares and creativity. Let’s get started! For more information about making glue, check out our previous guide on How to Make Glue.

Step 1: Prepare Work Area

When it comes to creating cheesecloth ghosts with glue, the first thing you want to do is set up your work area. This will provide a clean and organized space to work in. It’s essential to have every material you need ready to avoid any inconvenience. Here’s a quick checklist of what you’ll need:

  • Cheesecloth: As the primary material, you’ll need cheesecloth to make the ghosts. Have the required amount of cheesecloth ready for this project.
  • Form: You can use any form to create the shape of the ghost. Balloons, mannequins, and foam balls are great options to consider.
  • Glue: The glue will help hold the cheesecloth in place, so it’s essential to have enough glue for the project. Our gloopy glue recipe is perfect for this project.
  • Bowl: You’ll need a bowl to hold the glue mixture.
  • Water: Water is needed to dilute the glue and make it easier to work with; you can check out our glue goo recipe for the right consistency.
  • Drop Cloth: To prevent any mess, cover your work area with a drop cloth. This will ensure that any glue or water spillage does not damage the surface.

By having all the required materials nearby, you can work comfortably and efficiently, without any distractions or interruptions. Now that you have your materials set up let’s move on to the next step.

Step 2: Cut Cheesecloth

To create the perfect Cheesecloth Ghost, it is important to cut the cheesecloth to the appropriate size. Firstly, measure the form that you will be using to create the ghost shape. Cut strips of cheesecloth to fit the shape of the form, leaving an extra inch or two on each side for overlapping and securing the cloth in place. The strips do not have to be perfect, but ensure they are long enough to drape over the form and create the desired ghostly shape.

Note: It’s important to have extra cheesecloth available to allow for any mistakes or adjustments. In case you need to make any changes, having spare cheesecloth can be a lifesaver.

If you are not sure how much cheesecloth you need, a good rule of thumb is to have double the length of your form. This allows for draping and wrapping the cheesecloth around the shape without accidentally pulling it off.

Pro-tip: If you are working with a group, having a template or stencil for everyone to follow can be helpful in ensuring that the cheesecloth is cut to a uniform size.

Once you have cut the cheesecloth to size, set the strips aside until you are ready to soak them in the glue mixture. Now that the cheesecloth is cut to size, we can move on to the next step of the process.

If you are looking for similar crafting projects that involve glue, check out this tutorial on making a piñata with a balloon and glue, instructions on making glue balls, and this creative guide on making glue stick slime. Additionally, if you want to try a unique painting technique, you can learn how to crackle paint with glue.

Step 3: Prepare Glue Mixture

To prepare the glue mixture for your cheesecloth ghosts, you will need a few simple ingredients. Firstly, gather one part water and one part white glue in a mixing bowl. You can use any brand of white glue as long as it is not tinted or colored in any way. Next, mix the water and glue together thoroughly until they are well combined. After that, add a small amount of cornstarch to the mixture to help thicken it up. You should only need to add a tablespoon or two of cornstarch, so be careful not to add too much. Then, mix the cornstarch into the glue and water mixture until there are no lumps or bumps. Finally, let the glue mixture sit for a few minutes to allow the cornstarch to fully incorporate into the mixture.

To summarize, to prepare the glue mixture for your cheesecloth ghosts, follow these simple steps:

  • Gather one part water and one part white glue in a mixing bowl
  • Mix the water and glue together thoroughly until well combined
  • Add a small amount of cornstarch to the mixture to help thicken it up
  • Mix the cornstarch into the glue and water mixture until there are no lumps or bumps
  • Let the glue mixture sit for a few minutes to fully incorporate the cornstarch

Step 4: Dip Cheesecloth in Glue

To create the perfect cheesecloth ghosts, you need to dip the cheesecloth in glue to create the shape of the ghost. Here are the detailed steps to follow when dipping the cheesecloth:

Step 1 Mix the glue and water
Step 2 Add water to the glue mixture to create a consistency that is thin enough to dip the cheesecloth but not too watery as it may not hold the shape of the ghost.
Step 3 Lay the cheesecloth over the glue mixture, ensuring all parts are fully submerged
Step 4 Using your hands, gently squeeze the excess glue mixture from the cheesecloth, ensuring that the cheesecloth is not dripping wet.
Step 5 Carefully lift the cheesecloth out of the glue mixture ensuring that it does not fold over so that the shape of the ghost is not affected.
Step 6 Allow the cheesecloth to drip for a few seconds before taking it to the next stage.

It is essential to take extra precautions when dipping the cheesecloth to ensure that it does not fold or tear in the glue mixture. Folded or torn cheesecloth may result in a shapeless ghost that does not look as spooky as intended.

Step 5: Drape Cheesecloth over Form

After mixing the glue and water solution, it’s time to drape the cheesecloth over the form to create the ghostly shape. Follow these steps:

Step 1: Grab one end of the cheesecloth and carefully drape it over the form. Cheesecloth draped over form
Step 2: Adjust the cheesecloth to create the shape of a ghost. You can bunch up the cheesecloth to create folds and a more textured look. Adjusting cheesecloth to create the shape of a ghost
Step 3: Continue draping the cheesecloth over the form until the entire form is covered. Make sure the cheesecloth is touching the form at all points so it can dry in the desired shape. Draping cheesecloth over form

Remember that the more layers of cheesecloth you drape over the form, the thicker and sturdier the ghost will be. Play around with the amount of cheesecloth you use for different effects. After all the cheesecloth is draped over the form, let it dry completely before removing it. This will ensure that the ghost holds its shape.

Step 6: Dry Cheesecloth Ghosts

Once you’ve draped your cheesecloth ghosts over your form, it’s important to let them dry completely before moving them. This ensures that the shape you’ve created stays intact. Step 6: To dry the ghosts, place them in a dry, well-ventilated area. You can use either a clothesline or a flat surface, such as a table or countertop. Be sure to place something underneath the ghosts, such as a towel or newspaper, to catch any excess glue.

Depending on the size of your ghosts, drying time can take anywhere from a few hours to overnight. To speed up the drying process, you can use a hairdryer on a low setting or a fan. Just be sure to keep the ghosts far enough away so that they don’t fall over or lose their shape.

Once the cheesecloth ghosts are completely dry, carefully remove them from the form. To do this, gently lift the cheesecloth edges and peel them away from the form. If you’re having trouble, you can use a pair of scissors or a craft knife to carefully cut away at any glue that may be holding the cheesecloth to the form.

After removing the cheesecloth ghosts from the form, you can further enhance them with optional additions like glow-in-the-dark paint or LED lights. Let those dry according to their instructions before displaying your spooky creations.

Optional Enhancements

Looking for ways to add an extra “wow” factor to your cheesecloth ghosts? There are a few optional enhancements you can try out that will take your spooky decorations to the next level. From glow-in-the-dark paint to LED lights, these additions will make sure your cheesecloth ghosts stand out – even in the darkest of nights. Here are some unique ideas to make your ghosts even more hauntingly beautiful.

Use Glow-in-the-Dark Paint

Looking to add some spooky flair to your cheesecloth ghosts? Why not try using glow-in-the-dark paint? This simple enhancement can take your ghostly creations from drab to downright eerie!

To use glow-in-the-dark paint, you will need to follow these steps:

Materials Needed Instructions
Glow-in-the-dark paint Choose a high-quality glow-in-the-dark paint that will achieve the desired effect. Consider using a small paintbrush to apply the paint to the cheesecloth after it has been draped over the form.
Blacklight Using a blacklight will enhance the glow-in-the-dark effect of the paint. Place the blacklight near the cheesecloth ghosts to make them truly stand out.

Once you have gathered your materials, simply apply the paint to the cheesecloth in the desired areas. You may want to create a spooky design or simply apply a thin layer of paint to the entire cheesecloth ghost. Allow the paint to dry completely before exhibiting your creation.

When your ghostly creation is dry, use a blacklight to make it glow in the dark. The effect of the glow-in-the-dark paint can be enhanced by strategically placing the blacklight near the ghosts. This will make them pop even in a dark room.

Now sit back and watch your ghostly creations come to life with the help of glow-in-the-dark paint. Your guests will be sure to be spooked by this simple but effective enhancement.

Add LED Lights

For an extra spooky effect, try adding LED lights to your cheesecloth ghosts. Here’s how you can do it:

Materials Needed: LED fairy lights Scissors Clear tape
Step 1: Choose where you want the lights to go on your ghost and cut small holes in the cheesecloth at those spots.
Step 2: Feed the LED fairy lights through the holes, making sure the lights are on the outside of the cheesecloth.
Step 3: Secure the fairy lights in place with clear tape.
Step 4: Turn on the LED lights and enjoy the spooky glow of your cheesecloth ghost!

Adding LED lights can take your cheesecloth ghosts to the next level, creating a creepy atmosphere that is sure to spook anyone who sees them. Just be careful not to leave the lights on for too long, as LED lights can get hot over time.


After following the steps outlined in this guide, you should now have a spooky and fun decoration for your home – your very own Cheesecloth Ghost! These ghosts are great for Halloween parties, haunted houses, or just for adding a touch of creepiness to your home decor.

Using cheesecloth and glue, you were able to create a ghost-like form that is lightweight and durable. By draping the cheesecloth over a form and allowing it to dry, you were able to create a ghostly shape that can be hung up or placed in various areas of your home.

If you want to take your Cheesecloth Ghosts to the next level, consider adding glowing paint or LED lights. These enhancements can make your ghosts even more spooky and eye-catching.

Overall, making Cheesecloth Ghosts with glue is a fun and easy DIY project that anyone can do. Plus, you can use these ghosts year after year to add a haunted touch to your Halloween decor. So, get creative and have fun making your own Cheesecloth Ghosts today!

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I use as a form for the cheesecloth ghosts?

You can use various objects as forms, such as balloons, foam balls, or even bottles.

What type of glue should I use?

You can use any white glue, but a mix of water and glue in equal parts works best.

How long does it take to dry the cheesecloth ghosts?

It usually takes around 24-48 hours for the ghosts to completely dry.

Can I use food coloring in the glue mixture?

Yes, a few drops of food coloring can add a unique touch to your ghosts.

What can I use instead of cheesecloth?

You can use any lightweight woven fabric, such as muslin or gauze.

How can I make the ghosts look spookier?

You can add black fabric paint to create an eerie effect, or spray the ghosts with gray spray paint for a haunting appearance.

Can I use these ghosts as outdoor decorations?

Yes, but keep in mind that they may not endure heavy rain or wind.

How long will the ghosts last?

With proper storage, the ghosts can last for several years.

Can I reuse the form after making the ghosts?

Yes, you can reuse the form for multiple batches of ghosts.

Can I personalize the ghosts?

Yes, you can add small accessories like hats or bows to make each ghost unique.


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