Happy Halloween! I hope you have a fun day today, full of treats and no tricks. And speaking of tricks, I wanted to share my Halloween craft fail with you. When I shared the roundup of Cheesecloth Ghost tutorials, I decided to make one, too. And I did, but I am not happy with it. Instead of standing tall and scary, he’s flat as a pancake and won’t stand up! If you have any experience here, maybe you have a suggestion for me.
First, I made my form from a 6” ball and an 18” cone of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. I cut apart a hanger and wrapped the wire around the top of the cone to make the arms. So far, so good. (Note that neat crackle finish on the cone? We used it in a home décor photo shoot, and I decided to repurpose it for my Cheesecloth Ghost form).
I dipped the cheesecloth in the fabric stiffener, shaped it around the form, and let it dry. And then it sort of crumpled after I pulled it off the form. I have a few theories as to what may have gone wrong:
1. My form was two feet tall – was it too tall?
2. Should I have used a double layer of cheesecloth to make it more sturdy?
3. Maybe my fabric stiffener wasn’t strong enough? Or, as it was a few years old, was it no longer good?
I like his shape and I could still hang him on the porch to greet trick-or-treaters tonight, but it’s raining, and I’m not sure he’ll hold up. If you’ve made a cheesecloth ghost, do you have any advice for me?
Enough about tricks, let’s talk about treats. Start saving those candy wrappers tonight so you can repurpose them and make this cute and colorful Candy Wrapper Pencil Cube and Candy Wrapper Picture Frame.
And finally, here’s my favorite Halloween costume of the day! My little guy is ready to take on those trick-or-treaters, don’t you think?
Happy Halloween to you! Enjoy.