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
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
- 2-litre plastic soda bottle
- Adhesive remover
- Acrylic craft paint: orange & black
- Cheesecloth, 18” square
- Black thread
- Transparent clear tape
- Craft pins
- Thick, white craft glue
- Optional: Black sequins; orange glitter or orange glitter spray
- Utility blade, such as an Exacto® knife, or sharp serrated knife
- Sharp pencil
- Paintbrushes, medium and very tiny
- Wooden skewers, three
- Large, sharp needle
- 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
- 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.
- 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.