Halloween is going to be a little different this year, and while COVID-19 might be changing our plans, that doesn't mean you need to forget the decorations! Instead of rummaging through the aisles of décor at the store, you can make your own Halloween ghost decorations with only a few materials and a little bit of your time.
Here's how you can DIY these spooky little friends.
After you gather your supplies, it's time to start creating your DIY Halloween ghost decorations. Give yourself plenty of time, it can take a full 24 hours for everything to dry before you're ready to display them.
To avoid tracking down liquid starch and paying for it, you can make it yourself for a fraction of the price using corn starch and water. Boil two cups of water in a small pot and stir in two teaspoons of corn starch. Let the mixture boil for one minute, then remove it from the heat and pour it into a bowl. The mixture will thicken as it cools down.
Lay out your paper or plastic covering to protect your workspace. While the starch cools down, start preparing the forms for your ghosts. Blow up a balloon to form the round head of the ghost and attach it to something like a can or a bottle using tape. You can make the forms as big or as small as you'd like.
If you want to give your ghost arms, you can put craft or floral wire on the sides of the form.
Once your form is ready to go, cut a piece of cheesecloth, drape it over the form and trim it. There should be about two inches of cheesecloth that rest on the ground on all sides of the form. This will allow the ghost to be stable and stand alone once it's finished.
Repeat this process to create three or four layers of tailored cheesecloth for each ghost.
Once the starch has cooled and thickened, put a piece of cheesecloth into the mixture and make sure the cloth is completely covered.
Remove the cheesecloth and lightly squeeze out the starch. Make sure you don't squeeze it too hard but remove most of the excess starch from the cloth.
Unravel the cheesecloth and drape it over a form. Again, make sure a couple of inches of cheesecloth are resting on the ground around the form.
Continuing dipping cloth into the starch, removing the excess liquid and draping it over the forms a few times so that there are multiple layers of cloth making up each ghost. Adjust the cloth pieces on the ghost so they rest in the position in which you'd like them to be when the ghost is finished.
Leave the ghost to dry for 24 hours or you can speed up the drying process by using a blow dryer on the lowest setting, so it doesn't affect the position of the cloth. The shape of the cloth shouldn't change much as it dries.
Once the cloth is dry, it should be firm enough to support its own weight. Carefully separate the cloth from the form — you may need to pop the balloon to do this.
Your ghost is done and ready to display! You can either let the ghost stand on its own or you can tie a clear thread to the top of it and hang it from the ceiling.
Creating these Halloween ghost decorations is easy to do. And the best part? You can make them how you want — no searching between stores for décor that fits your style and personality and no spending tens or hundreds of dollars on decorations you like. You can have your DIY Halloween décor represent you!