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How To Make Cheese Cloth Ghost That Glow

Supplies:

  1. Cheese cloth
  2. Mod podge
  3. Items to make structure (balloon for head, bottle or can for body).
  4. Wax paper to protect your work surface.
  5. Black felt to make the face.
  6. Tacky glue to attach the felt face.
  7. Wire or pipe cleaner to make arms.
  8. Water
  9. Container to put pod podge in.
  10. Scissors
  11. Fairy lights
  12. Optional: glow in the dark paint. I got mine from Michaels in a $5 grab bag. So, I decided to give it a try. I think a glow powder might work better.

Steps:

1. Form ghost structure. Use items around your house to form a base for your ghost. I suggest using a balloon or other round item for the head. The cheese cloth will drop around your structure so the bottom of your structure will not matter. Also use items that the mod podge will not stick as well too so it will be easier to remove once everything is dry. Also be careful of items that have color that may bleed onto your cheese cloth.

2. Place cheese cloth over structure to get approximate size/length needed. Then cut the cheese cloth with a pair of scissors. It is always better to cut a little extra than not enough.

3. Mix your mod podge and water mixture together. I did not measure precisely, but about a 2-parts mod podge to 1 part water mixture should be a good estimate. I also added some glow in the dark paint at this time. This did not seem to work very well for me, but maybe another brand will work better.

4. Place wax paper over a cookie sheet or cardboard to protect your work surface.

5. Dip your cheese cloth into your mod podge and water mixture. Make sure it is completely covered and squeeze out any extra glue mixture, you just do not want it dripping.

6. Drape cheese cloth over structure. You may need to add additional layers depending how transparent you want your ghost to be and the thickness of your cheese cloth. My cheese cloth was pretty thin. So, I did two layers of the cheese cloth. I applied the first layer, then cut, soaked and applied the second layer. Make sure the cheese cloth is laying to you liking. You will need to get your hands dirty to arrange the cheese cloth so that it lays nicely and in the grooves.

7. Set your ghost aside to dry for at least 24 hours, but 48 hours would be better. Around the bottom my edges were not dry after just the 24 hours.

8. Once everything is dry, carefully remove your structure/support pieces. You may need to manipulate the shape of your ghost to get your structure out, but it should be fairly flexible and able to be manipulated back.

9. Cut out black felt to create the eyes and mouth. Then use tacky glue to glue them in place.

10. Since my glow in the dark paint did not glow very much, I applied more glow paint directly onto my ghost with a paint brush, but it still did not show well and was a little patchy. I recommend a glow powder and mix it in with your mod podge.

11. Place fairy lights under your ghost. You can also feed some of the lights up throughout your ghost if you would like your lights to go through your entire ghost and not just at the bottom. Both ways are nice.

These were a lot of fun to make, and I am very happy with how they turned out. I have tried other projects that involved soaking things in the watered-down glue mixture and letting it dry overnight. This was the first project that worked well for me and actually held its shape. They are a bit fragile, and I would be very careful with storing them away for next year. You might even just make new ones each year. I made large ones that will take up a bit of storage space. They do bounce back a bit, but I would try not to let anything squash them.  I might just set them on a shelf in my basement with a plastic bag over them to prevent dust collecting on them till I am ready to pull them out again. I also recommend always removing any batteries from battery packs if something is going into storage. This will help prevent battery acid from ruining your lights.

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