Saturday, October 13, 2012

How to Make a Floating Ghost......Oooh Spooky

My little project to share with you today, is a Halloween ghostie.  I've seen these done a number of times & actually bought all of the supplies last year...but of course never made it.  Lame, I know.

So, this year I pulled out all of my Halloween decor & supplies & was resolute that I would make these babies this year!!  So, Here's my little mini-tutorial on the Floating Ghosts.

  • Spray Starch
  • Empty 2 liter soda bottle
  • Floral Wire
  • Styrofoam Ball
  • Cheesecloth
As you can see here; I wrapped some floral wire around the neck of the bottle & stretched out to create arms.  I secured it with a little masking tape (as my floral wire was really pliable & not very stiff).  You may want to consider using a thicker, stiffer wire. 

I removed the plastic cap from the empty bottle & filled it with some pebbles to weigh it down.  I placed the styrofoam ball on the top of the bottle, and carefully draped the cheesecloth over the whole thing.

The wire I used was white, so it's hard to see in the pic, but if you look carefully you can see the "arms"

Lastly, spray the whole thing until well saturated with the spray starch.  I actually tested mine & ended up giving it a couple of coats.  The secret to getting it to stand up really well is to have enough pooled at the bottom to support it when you take it off your form when dry.  You can place out in the sun (which I did) or use a hairdryer on a low setting (so as not to blow the whole thing over).

Ghost in progress

I added some punch eyes to the face too.

Thanks for looking at my ghostie!

Kill them with craftiness! ;)
~ Sheri



  1. What a fun piece! Popped over from SCS! Very creative and perfect for a party centerpiece I am thinking. Your blog is great.

    1. Thanks Winnie, I appreciate your comment & hope you will consider following my blog to see what projects I have up my sleeve next! :)