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Cheesecloth Ghosts: A Halloween Craft For the Whole Family by Herbal Academy
11 Oct 2023

Cheesecloth Ghosts: A Halloween Craft For the Whole Family

Who remembers this spooktacular craft from their own childhood? A fun tradition that we very much want to pass along to all our herbalist friends, Halloween cheesecloth ghosts are cute, easy, and customizable. As an herbalist, you may just have everything you need on hand to create these adorable seasonal crafts. Plus, this gives you the opportunity to use those extra jars we know you have stashed—and cheesecloth ghosts make for the perfect kid-friendly Halloween activity! 

Halloween cheesecloth ghost standing on a table holding a basket of flowers

Un-boo-lievably Easy Craft Steps

This Halloween-inspired craft is perfect for the whole family. Use them for your indoor decoration on tabletops or create a few to decorate for a pumpkin carving party (you’ll be the ghostess with the mostess). Or for all the homeschool families, this is a wonderful art project to incorporate into your October lesson plans. 

Styrofoam ball sitting on a jar ready to make a cheesecloth ghost

placing cheesecloth over Styrofoam ball

Supplies You Will Need 

There are a few ways you can create your own cheesecloth ghosts, but this tutorial will showcase the method using liquid starch. You can also use Mod Podge instead. Additionally, this tutorial will showcase using a styrofoam sphere for the head, but a small balloon can be used to achieve the same look. 

For this craft, you will need to break out a couple of canning jars– we know you’ve been waiting for this day—the day you finally get to use some of those jars saved for a “just in case” moment. Well, here it isyour moment! You can use either a pint-size or quart-size canning jar depending on how large you’d like your ghosts to be. You will also be using the outer part (the ring) of the canning jar lid to secure the arms for the ghosts. That will be achieved using pipe cleaners. Additionally, you will need a few yards of cheesecloth. Depending on the size of your jar, each ghost will need roughly 2 yards of cheesecloth. Lastly, styrofoam balls, liquid starch, and a piece of black felt are needed. 

The kids are going to love this fun DIY! It pulls in all sorts of hands-on skills and even a little sensory play to go along with it. Keep in mind, however, that the ghosts do take a day to dry before you can move on to the next and final steps. I like to pre-warn my little guy about that so that he knows ahead of time. 

Halloween cheesecloth ghost holding a small pumpkin

Cheesecloth Ghosts

Here’s a craft every herbalist has been waiting for! Time to use those jars you’ve been keeping around, roll out the cheesecloth, and get ready for a spooktacular fun DIY for the whole family.


Canning jars + lid
Pipe cleaners
Styrofoam balls
Liquid starch
Black felt
Hot glue
Optional accessories

  • Set up a working surface, placing wax or parchment paper down, and clear a place where you can leave your ghosts to dry. 
  • Cut pipe cleaners in half. Secure them on each side of the canning jar by twisting the outer part of the jar lid on top of them. The pipe cleaners will stick out on each side of the jar and will serve as the ghost’s arms. 
  • Add the styrofoam ball to the top of the canning jar. 
  • Measure the cheesecloth to drape over the front and back of the jar. Then cut the cheesecloth—two layers is recommended. 
  • Pour liquid starch into a bowl, then add your cheesecloth. Allow the fabric to fully saturate, then wring it out. 
  • Drape the wet cheesecloth over the styrofoam ball and  jar, adjusting the fabric as needed. The way the fabric is draped is the way the ghost will dry, so feel free to manipulate the fabric as much as you need to get the shape you like. 
  • Allow your ghost to dry overnight. It will become stiff as it dries, which is what you want before moving on to the next step. 
  • Once the ghosts are dry, carefully remove the jars and styrofoam balls. Just like magic, the ghosts will stand on their own now! 
  • Using black felt, you can cut eyes and any other accessories you want to add. Secure the eyes and any other add-ons using a hot glue gun. 
  • For even more fun, add a few battery-operated lights in the center for an exciting and dramatic effect at night. 

four cheesecloth ghosts standing in a line

In Closing, 

Save these fa-boo-less cheesecloth ghosts for years to come! They make such cute additions to Halloween decor. Not to mention, we love a craft that can pull in some of our herbie supplies and allows for so many “dad jokes” like what’s a ghost’s favorite type of fruit? Boo-berries! Move over pumpkin carving, you’ve got some competition! 

For more Halloween ideas, see: 

Cheesecloth Ghosts: A Halloween Craft For The Whole Family | Herbal Academy | Roll out the cheesecloth, and get ready for a spooktacular fun DIY for the whole family! These cheesecloth ghosts are so cute for Halloween.