Sunday, October 7, 2012

Spooky Starch Ghosts

Have you linked up to my first ever linky party!? Come link up at {Im}Perfect Sunday here.


My mom and I often start conversations with, "Did you see what I pinned?" This weekend when we went up for a visit my mom had a spooky starch ghost project for us.

The source of this pin is from Love and Laundry, check it out as she made hers a little differently.
Supplies:
  • Cheesecloth
  • Balloons
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue gun
  • Liquid Startch
  • Battery operated candle
  • Cups in different heights

Pour your liquid corn starch into a bowl. Blow up a balloon and rest it on the top of a cup or vase. We made our ghosts in different heights.

Cut the cheesecloth into squares, we just eyeballed how much we would need, I don't have measurements. You want the piece to be large enough to drape on the table/work surface. Note we didn't put anything down, we should have put parchment paper or something down.



Dunk the cheesecloth into the liquid starch and wring out the excess.

Drape the cheesecloth over the balloon. You want the bottom of the cheesecloth to fan out as this will become the stand for your ghost. We did three separate pieces of cheesecloth for each ghost. In the picture below on the right, you can see how we cut off some of the bottom, we had a bit more of a stand than we needed.
We let our three little ghosts dry over night. In the morning we found that the tops were completely dry but the bottoms needed some help. Hair dryer to the rescue! Now you could be patient and let them dry but my mom and I are the opposite of patient in crafting.
Next the fun part! Pop your balloons! In the top right, our blue balloon was deflating and on the bottom it is gone. Just stick a needle through the cheesecloth and poke a hole. When our balloons deflated our ghost heads caved in a bit but we were able to shape them back.
When I saw our little ghosts I immediately felt like they were us, our little family of three. So of course I had to add bows for the girls and a bow tie for Marc. We hot glued them on along with the googly eyes. We used a battery operated flickering candle that they sell. They look so cute flickering away.
Super easy and super cute!
Spooky Starch Ghost Family
They are boo-tiful!
I'm Topsy Turvy

48 comments:

  1. I LOVE these! Thanks so much for sharing this on Marvelous Mondays!

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  2. These are SO CUTE! Would love for you to share on my Fall Decor Party :)
    http://www.mymoderncountry.com/2012/10/fall-decor-and-linky-party.html

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  3. These are too cute!! I'll have to try this..

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  4. SO CUTE!!! I have to share with my sis. She is having a halloween party this year and these would be great!

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  5. Those turned out amazing!! Love!

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  6. Girl.. you are KILLING IT with these crafts!! I love this SO MUCH!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

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  7. I made 2 of these over the weekend. Yours turned out sooo cute! Great job. Thanks for hosting the linky party.....I "met" many new bloggers. -Angela @ Mrs. White Twig & Tea

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  8. Adorable! Definitely going to have to try this =)

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  9. I LOVE these!!! I would love for you to link these up to my Creatively Tuesdays Linky Party at www.therusticpig.com!! These are fabulous!!!!! I am going to have to make these! My kids will LOVE them!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. I can't wait to try this! I have looked twice now for cheesecloth (I was at Walmart) but haven't found it yet. I'll have to try another store. Love your take on these!

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  11. These are adorable. I love that you made them as your family. I saw a picture of cheesecloth ghosts in a recent JoAnn's sales ad, but yours are much cuter.

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  12. So funny! Great job! I came here from Take a look Tuesday.

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  13. These are amazing! I love how creative you are.

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  14. I just realized I actually made these like 20 years ago in Girl Scouts! Haha. These are adorable though & my daughter just saw these on my laptop & said "ooooh we should MAKE those!" I guess we have a new Halloween project :)

    Thank you SO much for linking up to The Pinspiration Project!
    http://adayinthelifeofamomandawife.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-pinspiration-project-10.html

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  15. These are so cool! They look great!

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  16. I love these little ghosts! WE did these one year too and hung them from the ceiling! The flickering tea lights are a great idea!
    xoxo
    Kim

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  17. These little ghosties are GREAT!! I just love them :)

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  18. They look great!! Fantastic job!

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  19. These are so sweet! I love the google eyes and bows! My girls would love these so much! Thanks for sharing with us this week!

    Take care,

    Trish

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  20. Looks like so much fun! I will have to try these :)

    Claire @ gypsyslowdown.blogspot.com

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  21. I'm hosting an It's Fall Y'all ~ Linky Party. I would love for you to stop by and share this project, and any other Fall project, you may have. Hope to see you there :)

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  22. So much fun! thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

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  23. Adorable! I will be featuring these on Tuesday!! Thanks for linking up Leslie!

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  24. So, so cute!! Love the bows and details you added!! :) Thanks so much for sharing at Artsy Corner! :)

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  25. These turned out so cute! I love the bows. Thanks for linking up!
    -Rachel

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  26. Those are adorable! I love the bows! I am going to have to give this a try next year. Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Hope to see you back next week!

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  27. Pinned...from Debbie and Shannon's party. These ghosts are so cute!

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  28. So adorable! Pinned from Fox Hollow Cottage! I will be popping back regularly.

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  29. That is a great project! They look fantastic, my kids would go nuts. Thanks so much for sharing on Super Sweet Saturday!
    Stephanie
    swtboutique.blogspot.com

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  30. LOVE THEM! Perhaps next year. I had seen the idea in a Martha Stewart magazine two years ago and bought the cheese cloth and then never made them. Although, it is only the start to the weekend, perhaps we could give it a shot. Yours are awesome!!

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  31. Hello! Just stopping by again to let you know that I will be featuring this on my blog this weekend. Thanks again for sharing on Marvelous Mondays!

    Julie
    www.thisgalcooks.com

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  32. So cute! I love how your version turned out!!

    Thanks for joining us this week at Keep Calm & Link Up!
    xo, Meredith @ www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com

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  33. I love these things, and the candle underneath adds to the effect! Thanks for sharing your great idea with the 'Or so she says...' readers! The newest link party just kicked off today (every Sat. - Tues), I would love to have you back! www.oneshetwoshe.com

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  34. They are adorable! I've pinned these to make for my grandsons Halloween/Birthday party! Thanks for sharing, Gail

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  35. Hi there!

    I wanted to let you know you were featured on my site if you would like to grab the button! The link you were featured at is.....http://sewliciousdecor.wordpress.com/2012/10/14/sunday-craft-showcase-3. :)

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  36. Holy baloney! Those are so cute! Where can you find cheesecloth? I've been needing some for starting sourdough, but this would be an adorable way to use it too...if I could find it!

    Thanks for linking up to The Pinspiration Project! Hope to see you again Tuesday with another pinspirational project :)

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  37. These are awesome! Thanks for the tutorial. I hope we see you at the tip-toe thru tuesday party this week.

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  38. Really cool craft...so fun!
    Thanks for sharing this week at the Creative Inspirations Party!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  39. I am sorry...
    But these are just too darn cute to be "Spooky Ghosts"!!

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  40. Great project - thanks for sharing - joining from Wednesday Whatsits - http://allthoseartsygirls.blogspot.com/

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  41. You are a STAR today! These are just too cute :) Featuring you over at I Gotta Create!
    Thanks so much for linking up.
    <3 Christina

    http://igottacreate.blogspot.com/2012/10/of-ghosts-graveyards.html

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  42. So cute. I want to try this. :)

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  43. Oh my gosh! These are pretty much the cutest things ever! I'm definitely pinning and tweeting!!

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