Smile Senior Care wants to get you in the holiday spirit with more crafts. Here is an easy craft to make with your grandchildren or even your home care aide. The kids will love the squishy fun of the sticky mix. You’ll love the look of these adorably ghastly ghosts!
Here’s what you need:
Cheesecloth (I just found mine in the baking section of the grocery store and it was about $3. I used the whole package for one ghost. I cut it in half and used 2 layers to make it sturdier)
Any kind of “make-shift” stand to support the cheesecloth while it dries out
First, you start by making homemade liquid starch. Pour 2 cups of water into a microwave safe container. Then, add one cup of cornstarch and mix it really well. Microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in-between, until it gets thick. Mine took about 2 minutes total. Set that aside and let it cool off a little bit. You don’t want it to get cold, though.
Meanwhile, set up your “make-shift” stand. You can use cups, balloons, Styrofoam balls. Whatever you can find to make the right shape and size. You just want to make sure you can pull it out from under the cheesecloth once it’s dry. Balloons are nice because you can pop them.
Put some freezer paper on the table so that the ghost will have something to sit on (besides the table) while it dries.
Next, cut the cheesecloth in half. Coat each piece of cheesecloth with the cornstarch. It took a little bit of working it in. You want to make sure it is completely coated.
Drape the pieces of cheesecloth one at a time over your make-shift stand and make sure you arrange it how you want it. Once it’s dry, you can’t really change anything.
Once you’ve got it perfect, allow it to completely dry, it may take as long as overnight. When it’s stiff, carefully remove the cheesecloth from the mold and glue on two felt eyes.