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Cheesecloth Spirits




Styrofoam mannequin heads are sold at wig shops. They can stand (on their necks), but suspending them lets the cloth flow freely.

Resources: Mannequin heads, (#800); (#617); and (#627); Cheesecloth, or from One Stop Restaurant Supply; 212-366-9251.


  • Cheesecloth
  • Styrofoam mannequin heads
  • Sponge brush
  • Watered-down glue or fabric stiffener (such as Stiffy)
  • Screw eyes
  • Monofilament
  • Removable adhesive hooks (such as Command brand) or painters' tape, to hang


  1. Step 1


    Apply a layer of cheesecloth to head, then generously brush over head and face with glue. Use hands to smooth the cloth into the facial features. Don’t brush down the neck; stop at chin level so the fabric is loose below that.

  2. Step 2

    Repeat until you have 4 layers (each 7 feet long) of cheesecloth. Let dry thoroughly. (No need to dry between layers.)

  3. Step 3

    Tatter edges of cloth with scissors if desired. Attach a screw eye with a bit of glue to the top of the head; thread with monofilament to hang from hooks.



Reviews (1)

  • kscaligal 28 Oct, 2011

    We were looking for an addition to our Halloween decor and were excited to find this idea! The spirits are so inexpensive and easy to make and look so realistic! We were able to find a variety of male, female and child-like styrofoam heads so each of our spirits have their own distinct personality!