A spooktacular Halloween craft: Ghosts in a cloche

Finally, proof that ghosts exist – I have a trio of them captured in this Halloween Ghost Cloche. Who wouldn’t be enchanted by these three mini, cheesecloth ghosts floating on air in their repurposed cloche? I know it’s my favorite of the three Halloween cloches designed by Kathleen George (don’t miss the Eyeball Cloche and Tarantula in a Cloche). So, don’t toss that plastic soda bottle — make a recycled Halloween cloche instead.

how to make a Halloween ghost cloche

Halloween Ghost Cloche by Kathleen George.

To make a Ghost Cloche, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 6” x 1” disc; 1-1/2” ball; three 1” balls; scrap piece
  • 2-litre plastic soda bottle
  • Adhesive remover (such as GooGone)
  • Acrylic craft paint: orange & black
  • Krylon Glitter Blast, Orange Burst
  • Gauzy fabric, such as cheesecloth, about an 18” square
  • Newspaper
  • Twigs
  • Black thread (or, I might use clear thread)
  • Transparent clear tape
  • Craft pins
  • Elmer’s Glue
  • Optional: Black sequins
  • Tools needed: Utility blade, such as an Exacto® knife, or sharp serrated knife; sharp pencil; paintbrushes – medium and very tiny; wooden skewer; large, sharp needle

To make a Ghost Cloche:

Make your cloche

NOTE: An adult should always handle the serrated knife, and should cut the plastic soda bottle. Maybe have the kids work on making the cheesecloth ghosts while you handle the cloche.

1. Use adhesive remover to remove the label from the soda bottle. Thoroughly clean and dry the bottle.

2. Cut off the bottom of the plastic bottle with the utility knife. Your “cloche” should be about 9” tall. It’s o.k. if it’s a little uneven at the bottom.

3. Place the cloche in the center of the 6” foam disc and trace around it with the pencil. Remove the cloche and trace around the circle again, making a deep groove. Position the bottle in the grooved circle and twist until it’s straight.

4. Using tip of serrated knife, cut a hole in the bottom of a 1-1/2” ball so that it fits on the top of the bottle. Twist the ball onto the bottle until it completely covers the threads for the bottle top.

5. Paint the top and sides of the 6” foam disc with orange acrylic craft paint. Insert a wooden skewer into the bottom of the 1-1/2” ball and paint it orange. Let dry.

6. Spray Orange Burst Glitter Blast onto the disc and the ball following the manufacturer’s directions. Spray on several light coats rather than one thick coat.

Make the ghosts

how to make cheesecloth ghosts with a Styrofoam ball

You’ll add the eyes and mouth with a very small brush. I wonder if you could also use a Sharpie marker?

1. Insert thin, wooden skewers into each 1” ball, and insert the other end into a scrap piece of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.

2. Cut out two, 4” and one 3” circles from cheesecloth.

3. Cover your work surface with newspaper. In a shallow bowl combine three tablespoons of Elmer’s Glue with one to two tablespoons of water.

4. Dip a cheesecloth circle into the glue. Pull the cheesecloth through your fingers to remove the excess glue. Drape the cheesecloth over a 1” ball, and arrange the folds so that it hangs down without wrinkles.

5. Repeat with the other two, 1” balls.

6. Let the ghosts dry, and wash out your bowl before the glue dries.

7. When dry, carefully paint eyes and mouths onto the ghosts using black acrylic craft paint and a very tiny brush.

8. Attach a length of thread to two of the ghosts by tying a length of black thread around a craft pin and pushing the pin into the top of the ghost head. Secure with a drop of glue. Note: consider using a transparent or clear thread.

Create the scene

1. Insert one or two twigs into the foam disc, making sure they fit inside the cloche. Glue the 1-1/2” ball to the top of the cloche.

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You’ll pin one ghost to the bottom of the cloche.

2. Position one ghost on the base and pin in place.

3. Place the cloche on the base in its groove and decide where you would like to hang your other ghosts. Carefully make a tiny hole with a needle tool for each ghost.

4. Working from inside the cloche, thread the black thread through the holes to the outside. Temporarily tape the end of the thread to the outside of the cloche. Adjust the height of the ghosts so that they hang freely and “float” in the air. Secure the thread to the outside of the cloche with a tiny piece of clear tape. Cut away any excess thread. Optional: Cover the holes by gluing on a black sequin.

how to make cloches for Halloween

Which one is your favorite?

Here’s the trio of Halloween Cloches. I have instructions for the Eyeball Cloche and Tarantula in a Cloche on Crafts ‘n Coffee, too.

Next week, it’s all about the candy on Crafts ‘n Coffee, so be sure to tune in on Tuesday.

I’m still formulating my weekend plans, but I really hope to do a little Halloween decorating around here and make a few cheesecloth ghosts, too. I’ll let you know how it goes. And how about you? What are your weekend crafting plans? Maybe you’ll make one of our cloches?

Happy Halloween crafting.


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38 Responses to A spooktacular Halloween craft: Ghosts in a cloche

  1. I attempted to make a soda bottle cloche but the one thing I didn’t have was some goo gone to get the label off so it is a Pinterest Fail this time lol but I’m getting the right label remover and other than that your idea is really easy and fun 🙂 Thank You 🙂

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  3. Shan says:

    Halloween is my holiday!! My love of cloches knows no limit!!

    A cute addition to the ghost cloche would be small, bow-tie pasta painted black & hung with fishing line to resemble bats!! We make a bagful every year & put them everywhere!! The bow-ties are gawjus done in red white & blue for patriotic holidays, black with glitter for NYE, purple gold green for Mardi Gras, the possibilities are endless.

    All three of your Halloween cloches are gawjus!!

  4. mariapravda says:

    It’s a very nice idea! I made some ghosts flying with broom. I took link to your website in the post. You could see it at http://ca-me-plait.com/diy-halloween-fantome-balai-sorciere/

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  9. Sahana says:

    Wow looks great !!! Love the idea 🙂

  10. Holly Obier says:

    Oh my gosh! These are absolutely adorable. I think I’m going to try it “winterized” using my Snowflake Flurry stamp set! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  12. grasias por el diseño pero voy a poner corazones elugar de fantasmas jeje ok GRASIAS ME AS SALVADO

  13. thecapeonthecorner says:

    love it!

  14. TidyMom says:

    These are SOOO cute!! Love it!
    Thanks for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up http://tidymom.net/2012/halloween-to-make/
    Have a great weekend!

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  16. Connie says:

    Super cute! Visiting from the tickled pink blog hop. Connie from Sadieloohoo

  17. Jennifer says:

    Such a cool idea! I love Halloween decor!

  18. Ami Allison says:

    OH my gosh! This is awesome!! I love how creepy your ghosts look. SO GREAT!

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you, Ami. All credit goes to designer Kathleen George — she was the brains behind those creepy ghosts. And she did a fabulous job! Happy crafting! Sharon

  19. Mindy says:

    LOVE this. I may try this for my daughter’s preschool decorations. I’m trying to do all the decorations for under $5 😉

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  21. This is amazing…soda bottle cloches! Looove this idea! Come linkup to Centerpiece Wednesday and share this idea with us. Karin

  22. Absolutely adorable and such a great reuse of the plastic. Found you via Pinterest!

  23. Mandy Knight says:

    oh no, I just finished trying to convince my 4 year old that ghosts aren’t real….. oh well we can discuss it again while we’re doing this craft!

    • Sharon says:

      Thanks for stopping in, Mandy. I hope you & your daughter have fun with this one. Since she’s the one making the ghosts, maybe she can make these nice ghosts who would never scare anyone. Happy crafting!

  24. Lisa M says:

    More fun Halloween ideas. Thanks!
    This weekend is a working weekend for me. I so hope to get some crafts made while I work though. 🙂

    • Sharon says:

      Good luck and I hope you find the time! Sounds like my weekend – we’re going to try to squeeze in a little creating, too. Happy crafting! Sharon

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