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Friendly Floating Ghosts

Create your own mysteriously floating ghosts to add to your Halloween decor. These spirited fellows will be happy to adorn your lighting fixtures and seemingly “float” around your home . . .

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To make your own floating ghost decoration you will need some balloons, paper cups, squares of cheesecloth fabric and fabric starch.

This is a very simple craft that takes about 15 minutes to make. You’ll need some starch from the laundry aisle of your local grocery store, or simply make a batch of homemade starch.

How to Make Your Own Friendly Floating Ghosts

You’ll Need:
Paper Cups & tape
8″ square Cheesecloth squares
Fabric Starch*
clear fish line

Cut the cheesecloth into 8″ square pieces and set aside.

Flip 1 cup upside down and place the other cup on top.


Tape the cups together so they don’t slip off.

Inflate a balloon slightly and place it into the top cup. Avoid over-inflating the balloon or the ghost will appear warped.

Pour the Heavy Duty Fabric Starch into a small bowl.

Dip the cheesecloth square into the fabric starch:


Gently squeeze to remove the excess starch, and then carefully drape it over the top of the balloon to dry, shaping the ghost as desired.


Once dry, gently remove the ghost, add eyes (using a black sharpie or dots from black construction paper, or hot glue googly eyes to them). String a piece of clear fish line through the head and hang them from light fixtures, entryways, etc.

*Fabric Starch is found in the Laundry Detergent aisle, near the washing soda and Fels Naptha, or you can use Aleenes Fabric Stiffener and Draping Liquid for long term use.



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3 thoughts on “Friendly Floating Ghosts”

  1. cute idea that is easy and, if course, inexpensive. i’m guessing they can be collapsed for storage then dampened and reshaped for the next use.


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