Spook your guests with easy to make gauze ghosts. Create a small ghost for a cute table centerpiece or a larger one to greet trick-or-treaters.

Difficulty: Moderately Easy


Things You'll Need:

  • Milk bottles or other jugs
  • Aluminum foil
  • Cheese cloth or large white gauze
  • Liquid laundry starch
  • Medium bowl
  • Permanent markers


  1. Put 4 cups of water in a saucepan and 1/2 cup of sugar bring to a boil.
  2. While waiting for the water to boil, dissolve 1 cup of cornstarch in 1/2 cup of cold water in a bowl. Keep mixing the cornstarch while waiting for the water to boil.
  3. After the water boils, pour the cornstarch mixture into the boiling water and stir for a minute or so. The liquid will be clear or slightly cloudy and thicken.
  4. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally

Make a round ball with aluminum foil. Poke a pencil or small stick into the foil ball. Put the end of the stick into the milk bottle or another jug. Make one head for each ghost.

Shape more tinfoil into a large snake to drape across the jug. Form two for your ghost's arms.

Cut cheese cloth or white gauze into squares that are big enough to cover each of your ghosts.

Dip each square into a bowl full of liquid laundry starch. One at a time, take the gauze or cheese cloth pieces out. Squeeze the cloth to remove any excess starch.

Drape the starched cloth over each jug with a foil head and arms. Make sure your ghost forms are in an area where they can sit without being disturbed overnight. Once the cloth is in place don't move it.

Carefully lift the gauze from the ghost form after they have dried overnight. Each form should be stiff and sit on its own.

Use permanent marker to draw eyes and mouth on your ghosts.