Making this ghost can be very simple. My ghosts turned out creepy because I did not follow the directions I found on loveandlaundry exactly. But honestly I love that my ghost is creepy. My friend said my ghosts look Tim Burton-like. Shatzi from Loveandlaundry says to use a balloon or a foam ball to make the head perfectly round. Foam balls are very expensive and I did not have any balloons, so I had to improvise.
All you need is
1- Corn starch and water
2- Cheese cloth
3- Round object or not so round in my case
4- Items to make a tall tower.
Make a tower with the round-ish item on the top. I used a salad spinner as the base and a rectangular hot chocolate container for the middle for one ghost and a rectangular container for the other ghost. I used a pumpkin and a baby bowl for the round-ish head for one ghost and a roundish glass bowl for the other ghost. You can use a balloon or a foam ball to make a perfect circular head.
Mix 2 cups corn starch 2 Cups water. Heat it up until the mixture is thick and paste-like. Then I cut my cheese cloth in two pieces so I could make the ghost heavier. I worked the paste into the cheese cloth and draped it over the roundish item. Make sure the cheese cloth is fully gooy. I did have to use a paint brush to work in the goo. (I could not take pictures of this part because my hands were full of goo).
I then let them sit for 24 hours. After that I felt the cloth was not stiff enough, so I made more goo and painted it on the ghost, especially the base and the middle, so it would stand up with out problems.
Generally I do not recommend you hang them outside if it will rain or be humid. The water will soften the corn starch and make your ghost droopy. I only hung them up for effect. Also I had a hard time getting my ghost heads off the bowls, so their heads are misshapen. But I think that adds to the full effect, and some of the paint from the ceramic pumpkin I used to make one of the heads peeled off and now makes the ghost lips look like they are bleeding. Adding to the full creepy effect. If you use a white balloon, you can pop it and have an extra layer of stiffness, with a better round head.
I used these ghosts in our Utah Food Allergy Network’s (UFAN) non-treat-trunk-or-treat. I hung them from the gate of the car with balloon ghosts and pumpkins. It was rather windy that day, so the ghosts are flying in the wind. It was pretty cool.
Thank you Shatzi from loveandlaundry. You can see her post and instructions here.
I give this activity at 4 nutshell rating. Shatzi’s instructions were fabulous, but the whole project was kind of messy and difficult. 1 week after making the ghosts, they are very soft in the head area. I should have used much, much, much more goo to make these solid. But I have received so many compliments about their over all creepy look that I am happy with them. If you want to make them I suggest making your goo very sold and spending extra time to work the goo into the cheesecloth.