20 October 2014

DIY Ghost for Halloween

Really easy and fun to make, regardless of age. :)

You will need:

  • 2 tbsp of starch
  • 500ml + 1/2 glass water
  • cheese cloth (large enough to make 1 ghost)
  • wire
  • a ball
  • a vase/boottle/tall glass for the body (I used a cocktail shaker)
  • 2 small, round bits of black felt or fabric (for the eyes)
  • glue (any type should do - I used a simple glue stick)

  1. Bring 500ml of water to boil.
  2. In the meantime, mix the starch witch 1/2 glass of cold water. Add to the boiling water and mix until it thickens. Once it starts to thicken, take it off the heat.
  3. Leave it to cool until it's safe to touch and dip your cheese cloth in it. Squeeze out any excess. 
  4. Using the ball for head, the wire for arms and the bottle for body, construct a mould for your ghost. Place it on a flat, washable surface.
  5. Spread out the cheese cloth and place it over the ghost mould (see below).
  6. Allow it to dry overnight, then lift the cheese cloth up - this will take a bit of work as it will likely be stuck to the surface. Don't worry though, you don't have to be too gentle with it. It should still keep its form.
  7. Glue the eyes onto the face. And there you go! You've got your very own ghost. :)

Once Halloween is over, if you want to get rid of your ghost you can simply put it under warm running water and wash out the starch to re-use the cloth next year.

Starch should be easily available in any Polish shop or Polish section in a supermarket, but if you can't get your hands on it you can use fabric stiffener instead, which should be available in any DIY shop.

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