Flying Ghosts

Fill your trees or front porch with free-flying ghosts. Made inexpensively from balloons and gauze fabric, these little Caspers catch the wind to add movement to your outdoor decor.

ghosts in tree

These would work great outdoors and indoors!

For this ghostly project, all you will need are Mylar circle balloons in white (regular latex balloons work as well but will create a different shape for the ghost); black or clear string; cheesecloth (with continuous square footage); black duct tape; and scissors.

Attach a String
Attach a string to a Mylar balloon (filled with air or helium). Note: If you’re using a Mylar foil balloon, it will last at least a week. Even as it deflates, the ghost will keep its shape.

Cut Your Cheesecloth
Set the balloon aside while cutting pieces of cheesecloth to various lengths. You’ll need at least two layers that are short (pieces that are only a couple of inches longer on all sides than the balloon); two medium (5 to 10 inches longer than the balloon on all sides); and two long (12 to 18 inches longer than the balloon on all sides). Find the center of one of the smaller pieces of cheesecloth. Use scissors or your finger to gently move the fibers around to create a hole.

Thread the String
Thread the string from the balloon through the hole, and drape the cheesecloth over the balloon completely.  Alternate the order in which the different lengths are added.

Make a Face
When the final layer has been added, it is time to create the face. Cut two small pieces of black duct tape roughly 3 to 5 inches each. Cut two tall oval shapes from each piece of tape to create the eyes.  Pull back one layer of the cheesecloth. Then attach the eyes, mouth, and eyebrows to the cheesecloth face and then press down firmly.

Final Touch
Pull the top layer of cheesecloth back over the face and you are ready to hang

ghosts in tree face

These would work great outdoors and indoors!

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