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Cheesecloth Spirits

Source: Martha Stewart


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

  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.

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