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Saturday, October 5, 2013

How to make an eerie ghost head

Wanna add a little spook to your season?  Try making this eerie ghost head.  Super, duper simple, and guaranteed to freak out the neighbors! I placed mine in the entry way of my home on the ground.  It looks like there is a ghost rising from the floor!  Super spooky.  This would also make a great centerpiece placed on a platter for a Halloween feast. 

You need:
A large sheet of cheesecloth.  24" x 24"
A foam head form.  You can find them online for about $4.
A can of heavy starch
Rubber gloves 

Place the cheesecloth loosely over the foam head.  In a well ventilated area, spray the heck out of the fabric so it's really saturated.  With rubber gloves smooth the cheesecloth over the face of the form.  Then "pile" the excess so it will stand properly when dry. 
Let dry completely.  Probably a few hours. 
Carefully remove the form from the cloth.  It's going to stick a bit, so easy does it.  Once it's loose, remove the form and you should have a floating ghost head.  If you look closely, you should be able to see the faint profile of a woman who died in a tragic house fire back in the year 1812.  Boo!


  1. Nice! I want to do something similar making a Zero the dog ghost prop from the Nightmare Before Christmas using the same technique!

  2. I love it it looks so creepy! I'm going to make one.

  3. can you use it for outside decoration ( rain?? )

    1. Definitely an indoor only decoration.

    2. Maybe if you sprayed it with something else that is water proof after you removed from foam head you could use outside?

    3. Maybe if you sprayed it with something else that is water proof after you removed from foam head you could use outside?

    4. Try soaking the cheesecloth in fabric stiffener rather than starch. And, try putting some petroleum jelly on the form first. I bet it would work! If you do, let me know how it goes.

  4. Can you add like spray can glow in the dark paint?

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  6. My first attempt came out okay. Over a few days it fell in. I am trying it again with spray and liquid starch. It looked good but then fell into it self. Going to try soaking the fabric in the starch and try that.

  7. Maybe try liquid fabric stiffener. You can get it at the craft store. And, try a little petroleum jelly on the form first so it doesn't stick. Thanks for trying and thank you for the feedback!