This year we went classic for Halloween…as ghosts! We wanted to make simple costumes that would be comfortable to wear and quick to put together. These creepy cheesecloth ghost costumes were scary-easy to make and ended up being one of our favorite Halloween costumes yet.
Here’s how we made these Creepy Cheesecloth Ghost Costumes:
- solid black fabric
- sheer black fabric
- hat or visor
- safety pins
Create a hood and face-mask
Cut enough sheer fabric to cover from ear to ear, across the forehead, and down to the chest. On your hat, pin the fabric to the forehead and on both sides near the ears.
For the hood, use the plain black fabric create a hood and pin to the hat. Also pin together the two sides hanging down under the chin to create a V.
Make the cheesecloth look old and nasty
Over high-heat boil a large pot of water. Add several tea bags and steep for 15-20 minutes. Remove pot from the heat and squeeze remaining liquid from tea bags into the pot. Discard tea bags. Submerge the folded cheesecloth into the water and let sit for 20-30 minutes or until desired color is achieved (Remember cloth will lighten when dry). Do this in several batches to achieve different tints of color. Remove cheesecloth and wring out liquid. Place cheesecloth into clothes dryer until dry. The dryer will set the tea stain into the fabric.
With the cheesecloth still folded together tie one end to something sturdy and stretch to work with. Using several colors of marker (yellows, browns, grays) make random marks across the fabric. Once colored to your liking, unfold and stretch-out the cheesecloth.
Similar to a shirt, tear a neck-hole in the middle of a piece of cheesecloth and drape over the body. Repeat. We also tore arm holes so the fabric hung under the arms at the side of the body. Once all of the pieces are hanging from the body we tear random holes and strips to get that uneven, old look. Using a couple more stretched and torn cheesecloth pieces, drape fabric over the hood.
Where all black under the costume and tuck the hanging sheer fabric into the collar.
Check out some of our other past handmade costumes here.
Cheesecloth Ghost Costume fan submissions
It gives me goosebumps when I hear that someone was inspired by my cheesecloth ghost costume. Here are some photos submitted by fans.
Six year old Layton from Florida wanted to be a ghost for Halloween this year. His mom put together his costume based on my tutorial. I love the creepy spider addition!
This three year old from Alaska is looking scary as can be . His mom mentioned that it’s the perfect costume for cold weather trick-or-treating because he could get all bundled up under the cheesecloth. I love it!!
Six year old Mikaela from London, Ontario wanted to a ghost costume for Halloween 2016. Her mom found the Cheesecloth Ghost Costume tutorial and made her little ghoul a DIY Halloween costume!
This three year old was the talk of the town in the DIY Cheesecloth Ghost Costume. I love the addition of spiders and chains!
Found on the Web
Every year after Halloween I spend some time searching the web to see if I can find some pics of DIY Halloween Costumes that appear to be inspired by my past costumes. Here are some Cheesecloth Ghost Costumes I found on the web.
Did you make the cheesecloth ghost costume? Send me a pic, I’d love to see it!