Cheesecloth ghosts – not such a new idea. Glow-in-the-dark Halloween duct tape? Now that’s a new idea and super-fun, too. I love an easy duct tape craft, and when I saw the duct tape with glow-in-the-dark ghosts, I knew I had to make a new Halloween wreath. I also knew I had to revisit my cheesecloth ghost craft fail and try again. So, I paired the duct tape with a trio of cheesecloth ghosts and made my Glow-in-the-Dark Ghost Wreath.
You may not remember when I shared my cheesecloth ghost craft fail, but it’s been a goal of mine to make a Cheesecloth Ghost for some time now. I’m happy to report “mission accomplished.” For this Halloween wreath, I made three mini cheesecloth ghosts, and I think the tiny size was the reason for my success. I also followed the formula Kathleen George used when she made her mini ghosts for her Ghost Cloche. Nailed it!
My final tip is that I used a 12” x 2” wreath because I wanted to have room to hang my ghosts. The depth on this wreath provided the space I needed for my floating ghosts. Now, here’s how to make a Glow-in-the-Dark Ghost Wreath.
To make a Glow-in-the-Dark Ghost Wreath, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” x 2” wreath; three, 15/16” balls; 5” cube or other scrap piece
- Duck® Brand Glow Duck Tape (I found mine at Michaels)
- Cheesecloth, small amount
- Googly eyes
- Transparent monofilament, .30mm
- Ribbon, 8” – 10” length for hanger
- Thick, white craft glue (I used Aleene’s)
- Tools needed: Scissors; bowl; wood skewers; straight pins
To make a Glow-in-the-Dark Ghost Wreath:
1. Tear off a 36” or so length of duct tape. (I found this length to be easy to handle. If you have a length that’s too long, it will tangle and stick to itself.) Tear this strip into two strips, with one strip measuring about 1- 1/8” – 1-1/4” wide. (You don’t have to be precise.) Be careful your two strips don’t tangle, and carefully put aside the narrow strip for a future use (this glow-in-the-dark tape would make really fun Halloween Duct Tape Deco Spheres).
2. Pin the wider duct tape strip to the back of the wreath and wrap the strip round & round the wreath, slightly overlapping with each pass. Pin the other end of the strip to the back of the wreath, and trim any extra tape. Repeat, wrapping the wreath till it’s covered.
3. Insert a wood skewer into each 1” foam ball. Insert the other end of the skewer into the cube of STYROFOAM Brand Foam or another scrap piece. This will hold the ghosts upright.
4. Mix together about ½ cup water and several tablespoons of thick, white craft glue. Layer together two, 8” – 10” squares of cheesecloth. Dip the cheesecloth squares into the glue mixture, making sure it gets saturated. Wring out the cheesecloth, and drape it over a foam ball. Repeat for all three foam balls. If the ghost drape looks too long, trim off the excess. Let dry thoroughly.
5. Glue eyes onto ghosts.
6. Cut three, 8” lengths of monofilament. Tie one end around a straight pin. Place a dab of glue on the head of a ghost and insert the pin. Tie the other end around another straight pin and insert into the center of the wreath. If needed, adjust the length of the monofilament so the ghost will float. Once you have it “just right”, add a dab of glue over the pin. Repeat to hang the other two ghosts.
7. Tie the ribbon in a loop and pin and glue it to the back of the wreath.
Isn’t it fun? Here’s another easy Halloween wreath I made with duct tape, though it doesn’t glow in the dark.
If you’d like to see more ideas for Cheesecloth Ghosts, I shared a roundup of Cheesecloth Ghosts last year.
Have you seen the glow-in-the-dark duct tape? What would you make with it? I’d love to hear your ideas for the tape.