Make your own {eco}-friendly ghost for Halloween


I posted this tutorial on Crafting a Green World last year and thought it’s time to make another one. Why just have one ghost flying around your house when you can two, or three, right? After all, they will be with you forever. Um…that’s a good thing in this case, since they are really friendly – eco-friendly! Sorry. Couldn’t resist.

And Casper can lounge inside the house, while this solar powered Jack-O-Lantern can hangout outside, making sure your front porch is nicely lit for your trick treaters.

Anyway, You can make this eco-friendly ghost instead of buying a cheap-o, “Made in (insert country here)” plastic ghosts, shipped from thousands miles away, just to decorate for a month. This ghost is totally non-toxic, and is made with everyday items you’d find in your kitchen and your closet. You can hang them from the ceiling inside your house or on your porch or out the window (that’ll scared your neighbors…. You can line them up in your hallway or place them on your fireplace mantle. These little guys are light and yet sturdy enough to stand on their own. Make one or a dozen. Make them in different sizes. Scatter them everywhere. They’ll be the life of the party.

You’ll Need:

  • Cheese Cloth – about 1 1/2 Yrds.
  • Starch: 3 C Cold water and 3 Tbsp of corn starch boiled and cooled. The consistency should be like gravy.
  • Bowl big enough for the cheese cloth and the starch mixture
  • Balloon – make sure it’s the thick sturdy latex and not the flimsy one since it has to be strong enough to be draped over with wet cheesecloth.
  • Coated Wire Hanger – if wire is exposed, it will rust and stain the ghost.
  • Tall bottle of any kind.
  • 4-5 River Rocks
  • Two black circles cut outs for the eyes.
  • Flameless Candles or Solar Lights
  • Towel


ingredients for ghost


Shape the hanger to form two arms and the bottom part to go inside the bottle.

skeleton for the ghost


Add the the rocks inside the bottle to make the bottle stable. Insert the wire hanger in the bottle, and tape a blown up balloon on top of the bottle, over the wire hanger. You can secure the wire hanger with tape, if you need to. Prepare the starch mixture in a bowl large enough to accommodate the cheesecloth.

skeletal set up for the ghost

(Not pictured. Sorry. Got carried away with making the starch and getting my hands all dirty to take a picture. It happens.) Dip the cheesecloth thoroughly in starch and squeeze out excess starch. Put the ghost contraption on a large towel because it’ll get wet and sticky and messy.

Drape the cheesecloth over the balloon, leaving enough cheesecloth on the floor, front and back. This extra will help your ghost stand. Again, put the ghost on top of an old towel because it will get wet and messy. Spray on areas that are not fully wet with a sprayer.

draped ghost

Let it dry completely for several hours or overnight. Glue on the eyes. Add the lights underneath.

And Ta Dah….you got Casper the {eco}-friendly ghost!

OK, I got really carried away with the graphics, don’t you think? It was fun though. :)

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