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Cloth Ghost Place Cards

These spooky little spirits come with open arms (and hold the chalkboard place card for you to find your seat).

bootiful halloween cloth ghost placecard

Photography: Shanna Sullivan

Source: Martha Stewart


This idea comes from Digital Editor Alexandra Churchill. The place card pictured here was used as a decoration for our "Boo-tiful" Halloween Baby Shower.


  • White flour sack cloths

  • Fabric stiffener (Pictured: Liquitex Acrylic Varnish in Matte, $9.99 for 8 oz.,

  • Scissors

  • Wooden skewers

  • Paper plate

  • Paintbrush

  • Paint palette

  • Black permanent marker

  • Optional: name tags (Pictured: Celebrate It chalkboard place cards, 2-by-3-inches, $6.99 for 30,


  1. Build a mold for the ghost body: Cut a wooden skewer into thirds and poke through the bottom of a paper plate as shown. Thread a styrofoam ball onto the middle skewer. Further secure skewers to plate with tape, if desired, so they stand upright.

    bootiful halloween cloth ghost placecard step 1
  2. Saturate cloth in fabric stiffener and drape over mold to cover completely. After cloth dries (up to 3 hours or overnight), carefully lift ghost off mold.

  3. Using a permanent marker, draw facial features onto ghost figure. Accompany with a written name tag.

    bootiful halloween cloth ghost placecard step 2

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