Ghostly Spirits

How to Make These Ghostly Spirits

Tools and Materials


*Styrofoam mannequin heads

*Sponge brush

*Watered-down glue or fabric stiffener (such as Stiffy)

*Screw eyes


*Removable adhesive hooks (such as Command brand) or painters' tape, to hang

How to Make the Cheesecloth Spirits

Apply a layer of cheesecloth to head,

then generously brush over head and face with glue.

Use hands to smooth the cloth into the facial features.

Don’t brush down the neck; stop at chin level

so the fabric is loose below that.

Repeat until you have 4 layers (each 7 feet long) of cheesecloth.

Let dry thoroughly. (No need to dry between layers.)

Tatter edges of cloth with scissors if desired.

Attach a screw eye with a bit of

glue to the top of the head;

thread with monofilament to hang from hooks.

Styrofoam mannequin heads are sold at wig shops.

They can stand (on their necks),

but suspending them lets the cloth flow freely.

Gonna Try Making These

Found on Martha Stewart site

SpOOky Dreams my Friends... ~adele~


doll-whispers said...

Those are AWESOME! Thanks for sharing I think I'll try those too!

adelesspookyart said...

Happy to Share....Love to see your Ghosts when you get them done...

Hallowdean said...

I just discovered your blog and I love it. I'll be spending plenty of time looking through your posts. And thank you for the tutorial!

adelesspookyart said...

Thanks so much Dean....Enjoy!!

Pandora427 said...

Hi! I was just wondering if you ever ended up making these, and, if so, whether you used watered-down glue or fabric stiffener? I'm planning on making them (already have the mannequin heads) and just trying to decide which to use! :-)

adelesspookyart said...

I didn't make them yet but i think watered down glue would work fine and be a bit's a little info on it...

Diluted Glue
Fabric dipped in or painted with diluted glue will become stiff with a shiny finish. Mix equal parts of clear drying white glue or fabric glue and water. Use less water for a harder finish. The mixture requires a long drying time since the glue penetrates the fibers of the fabric but will provide a long-lasting finish.

Pandora427 said...

Thanks! :-)