DIY Soda Bottle Ghost Cloche

Finally, proof that ghosts exist! Capture and display a trio of three mini, cheesecloth ghosts in a DIY cloche made from a plastic soda bottle.

Completion time – 3 - 4 hours

Designer – Kathleen George

Materials

STYROFOAM Brand Foam

STYROFOAM™* Brand Foam:

  • Disc, 6” x 1”
  • Balls: 1-1/2”, one; 1”, three
  • Block or scrap piece

*Sold under the name Make It: Fun® Foam

Other Materials
  • 2-litre plastic soda bottle
  • Adhesive remover
  • Acrylic craft paint: orange & black
  • Cheesecloth, 18” square
  • Newspaper
  • Twigs
  • Black thread
  • Transparent clear tape
  • Craft pins
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Optional: Black sequins; orange glitter or orange glitter spray

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Utility blade, such as an Exacto® knife, or sharp serrated knife
  • Sharp pencil
  • Paintbrushes, medium and very tiny
  • Wooden skewers, three
  • Large, sharp needle

Instructions

  1. Make the cloche:
    • Use adhesive remover to remove the label from the soda bottle. Thoroughly clean and dry the bottle.
    • Cut off the bottom of the plastic bottle with the utility knife. The “cloche” should be about 9” tall. It’s o.k. if it’s a little uneven at the bottom.
    • Place bottle in center of 6” foam disc and trace around it with the pencil. Remove bottle and trace around the circle again, making a deep groove. Position the bottle in the grooved circle and twist until it’s straight.
    • Using tip of serrated knife, cut a hole in the bottom of a 1-1/2” ball so that it fits on the top of the bottle. Twist the ball onto the bottle until it completely covers the threads for the bottle top.
    • Paint the top and sides of the 6” foam disc with orange acrylic craft paint. Insert a wooden skewer into the bottom of the 1-1/2” ball used for the top of the cloche. Paint orange. Let dry
    • Optional: Sprinkle base and ball with orange glitter before the paint dries. Or, once paint dries, spray with an orange glitter spray
  2. Make the ghosts:
    • Insert a wooden skewer into each 1” ball, and insert the other end into a block or scrap piece of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.
    • Cut out two, 4” and one 3” circles from cheesecloth.
    • Cover work surface with newspaper.
    • In a shallow bowl, combine three tablespoons of white craft glue with one to two tablespoons of water.
    • Dip a cheesecloth circle into the glue. Pull the cheesecloth through your fingers to remove the excess glue. Drape the cheesecloth over a 1” ball, and arrange the folds so that it hangs down without wrinkles.
    • Repeat with the other two 1” balls.
    • Let the ghosts dry, and wash out your bowl before the glue dries.
    • When dry, carefully paint eyes and mouths onto the ghosts using black acrylic craft paint and a very tiny brush.
    • Attach a length of thread to two of the ghosts by tying a length of black thread around a craft pin and pushing the pin into the top of the ghost head. Secure with a drop of glue.
  3. Create the scene:
    • Insert one or two twigs into the foam disc to look like trees. Test fit the cloche to be sure it fits over the trees. Glue the 1-1/2” ball to the top of the cloche.
    • Position one ghost on the base and pin in place.
    • Place the cloche on the base and determine where to hang the remaining two ghosts. Carefully make a tiny hole with a needle in the cloche where each ghost will hang.
    • Working from inside the cloche, thread the black thread through the holes to the outside. Temporarily tape the end of the thread to the outside of the cloche.
    • Adjust the height of the ghosts so that they hang freely and “float” in the air.
    • Secure the thread to the outside of the cloche with a tiny piece of clear tape. Cut away any excess thread.
    • Optional: Cover the holes by gluing on a black sequin.