Halloween Glow-in-the-Dark Ghost

You will need:

White tulle or cheesecloth, cut into circles about 20 inches across.

Toilet paper rolls

A hole punch


Small balloons

Fabric stiffener

Yarn or string

Wax paper

Glow-in-the-dark spray paint

Tape & scissors

A ghost that glows in the dark

 These little ghosts make perfect decorations for any dark corner or window in your home.  You can put them in along walkways or hang them in dim hallways.  Their ethereal glow adds a perfect spooky presence!  We like to put them in areas where the light is turned on and off frequently, keeping the glow-in-the-dark paint charged.  These directions will make ghosts that are about eight inches tall, but you can easily make a taller molding form.  Replace the toilet paper roll with a paper towel roll or a roll of stiff paper and blow up the balloon so it is a little bit bigger.

A toilet paper roll with a hole punched through the top

Step 1.  Punch holes in the toilet paper rolls.

Punch two holes in the toilet paper roll on opposite sides.  Put them about one inch down from the top.

Two molds for making glow in the dark ghost

 Step 2.  Make the molds for the ghosts.

Cut a straw in half and slide it through the holes.  Blow up the balloon just a little and put it on top of the the toilet paper roll.  Use tape to hold the straw and the ballon in place.

Soaking the fabric in fabric stiffener

 Step 3.  Get the tulle ready.

Pour some fabric stiffener into a bowl.  Dip the tulle into the fabric stiffener and let the stiffener soak it.  You may want to dunk the tulle up and down to make sure it is thoroughly wet.

Molding the ghost

 Step 4.  Mold the ghosts.

Stand the mold up on a piece of wax paper.  Wrap the tulle around the mold.  Since the tulle is stiff, it may not drape easily.  Use pieces of string around the neck and uder the arms to hold the tulle in place.  Although we used red string in the picture so you could see it clearly, the dye from colored string may bleed into the tulle, so it is better to use white string.

Let the ghost dry for several hours or overnight.

A ghost and glow in the dark paint

 Step 5.  Spray the ghosts with glow-in-the-dark paint.

Gently pull the tulle off the mold.  You may have to pop the balloon and tear the toilet paper roll.

Put the ghost over a sheet of newspaper and lightly spray it with the glow-in-the-dark paint.  Let the paint dry.  You can add another layer of paint if you wish.

The finished ghost

Step 6.  Decorate!

Put your ghost in any dark place and it will glow with an ethereal light.


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