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Spooooky Halloween Ghosts

So here is my first post.  I hope you all enjoy it because there are plenty more to come.

Here is a super cute, spooky Halloween craft I saw yesterday on The Chew.  Floating Halloween ghosts which you can make with products you already have around your house.

What you will need:

Small or 2 liter Plastic bottles and/or drinking glasses

Tape

Balloons

Wire

Wire cutters

1 TBSP Corn Starch

4 Cups water

Cooking spray

Cheese Cloth (ok, so I didn’t have cheesecloth lying around my house.  But it only cost $1.79 per package of 6 SQ Ft at the grocery store)

Black felt or card stock & glue (optional)

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The Chew suggested using a 2 liter bottle and metal hangers…but who actually has metal hangers now a days…..So I improvised using small water bottles and floral metal wire.  If using wire, cut approximately 2.5- 3 feet, then fold it in half for extra strength.  You want to take your wire and wrap it around the neck of your bottle so it is secure.  Leave about  5-6″ on either side for your arms.

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Position the extra wire in an “M” like shape,  as they will help shape the ghost’s arms,  Feel free to play with it a little.

Then blow up your balloon to about the size of a baseball and tie it off.   Make a larger balloon if you are using a 2 liter bottle.   Place the tied end of the balloon into the mouth of the bottle. Use tape to secure the balloon to the sides of the bottle.

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Once you are done, it should look something like this.  It’s a little balloon person 🙂

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The Chew suggested using liquid cornstarch.  I only had regular cornstarch on hand, so I hit the internet to see if there’s a way to make your own.  The recipe said to bring  3- 3/4 cups of water to a boil in a stockpot.  In the meantime, mix 1/4 cup of water and 1 Tbsp of cornstarch in a small bowl.  Mix well with a whisk until the cornstarch is dissolved.  When your water comes to a boil, add your cornstarch mixture.  Bring to a boil.  Let mixture boil for 1 minute while you continue to mix with a whisk.   ***Just a tip, I would suggest using a little more cornstarch for extra hold.  It will help the cheesecloth hold it’s form when dry.

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Remove your liquid cornstarch from heat and let it cool completely and come to room temperature.   I placed my mixture in a separate bowl and placed it in the freezer for 15 minutes to speed up the process…I’m very impatient!

Once your cornstarch mixture is cool to the touch, you are ready to go!  Take you cheesecloth and completely unfold.  I laid the cheesecloth over my bottle prior to cutting it so I knew how much I needed.  You want enough slack so the bottom will rest on the counter.  When you are done, the cheesecloth will need a little extra slack at the bottom so the ghost will be able to stand on its own.  You can always trim off extra once done.  Once cut, dunk your cheesecloth into the cornstarch mixture, then squeeze it out really good so it’s not dripping wet.   Unravel the cheesecloth completely.

Lightly spray the balloon with cooking spray.  This will make it much easier to remove the cheesecloth from the balloon when it’s dry. Gently drape the cheesecloth over the balloon and the wire arms.  Cut off extra cheesecloth at the base if needed.  If you like, you can also place a balloon on top of a drinking glass rather than a bottle.  These ghosts will not have arms, but they would be super cute if you hung them from the ceiling.

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Let the cheesecloth dry for about 6 hours.   Once dry, gently remove the cheesecloth from the balloon/bottle fixture.  If need be, you can pop the balloon with a needle or knife  And voila, spooky floating ghosts!!!

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Ok, now how cute are these little guys!!!  If you like, you could cut out small circles of black card stock or felt for eyes and mouth.  I kind of loved them just the way they were, so I didn’t bother.

How cute would these look under a black light!!!  Even though my iphone pictures came out terrible, they actually make the ghosts look even spoookier 🙂

Happy Halloween everyone, enjoy!!!

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