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Floating Transparent Ghost Decor

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Create your own seemingly floating ghosts to haunt your home this Halloween! These adorable critters can be made in all sizes.


These seemingly floating ghosts will last many years if stored properly. At the end of the season, we crumple newspapers up and push them into the body to help it hold shape, then place our little spooky friends in a sealed rubbermaid tote.

How to Make a Floating Transparent Ghost

You’ll Need:

Empty Bottle or Milkjug, or Large Soda Bottle (Big Boss Size)
Scrap felt/Fabric for eyes
Balloon or floral foam ball (for the head)
Heavy Starch
Large Bowl

Create a working area with an old towel. Since you’ll be using very sticky starch (& quite a bit of it!) you’ll want to make sure the area is well covered.


Here’s how to form your ghost, Here I used a vinegar jug, a balloon (attached with hot glue- don’t ask, it was the kids’ idea) and some wire bent for the arms.

Next, drape your cheesecloth over the ghost form, make sure that it is the correct size for the ghost form. Then, gently remove it, run it under warm water, wring gently.

Place in the bowl, pour just enough liquid starch over the cheesecloth to cover it. Wring gently to get excess starch off.

Drape gently over the ghost form, shape, let dry 5 minutes.


Go back and Reshape any area that you want to change, let set to dry.

This process takes about 25 minutes total outside in the sunshine. Indoors it can take up to 3 hours, depending on the temperature and humidity.

Gently remove the form from your ghostly body and Voila, You have a new Spook!

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