You will need:
- A package of cheese cloth
- Black felt
- Empty water bottle
- Aluminum foil
- Wooden skewer
- Styrofoam ball
- Liquid starch
- Wire hanger
- Wire cutters
- Paint brush
I also used a pan and wax paper - a freezer paper, aluminum foil or cling wrap might even work better than the wax paper - even a silicone pad would probably work really well.
Here is the video tutorial:
1. Line baking sheet/pan with wax paper (or whichever product you decided to go with).
2. Put starch in a bowl
3. Empty water bottle, styrofoam ball, skewer, wire hanger and aluminum foil build an armature/model to drape your cheese cloth over and create your ghost
4. Cut cheese cloth into 6 or 7 strips - the length needed to cover your armature - you should still have one large piece leftover and that you will keep until the end.
5. Cover styrofoam head and the end of wire (hands) with aluminum foil to insure the head will be released and the hands won't poke through the cheese cloth
6. Lay strips (one at a time) over your armature and with a paint brush, brush starch over cheese cloth and make sure it is saturated - warning - the cheese cloth with shrink up and curl together - do your best to keep it separated, but don't sweat it - the strips are kind of a base and give it additional strength.
7. Continue as above with all of the strips.
8. When you have all of the strips on, it will still look pretty skimpy.
9. With the large remaining piece of cheese cloth, put it over your skimpy ghost and put another layer of start over the whole thing. The cheese cloth again will shrink up, but it will form to some of the strips you already starched.
10. There will be quite a bit of starch pooling on your pan, I suggest you take paper towel or rags and soak up a bunch of the excess (in the pan) because otherwise it will take FOREVER to dry. Figure a day... day and a half (depending on the amount of starch).
11. Carefully peel your ghost off of the paper/pan/cling wrap/foil and carefully remove the armature. I found that when I pulled the one arm out, it was better to cut the hanger with the wire cutters for the other one, or it started bending the other side. It is surprisingly durable, so be careful, but give it a tug here and there if you need to.
12. Cut out felt ovals and glue on as eyes.
It will stand by itself. It is an indoor decoration. You can put a battery operated tea light underneath to make it glow at night!
Happy Halloween and Happy Crafting!
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