Stiffy® Ghost
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Stiffy® Ghost

Make a bunch of Stiffy® Ghosts for your Halloween decor. It's easy and fun to do. Make one in about 2 hours. With a little care, your ghosts should last for years.

Designed by Cathie Filian and Steve Piacenza.

Craft Time: varies
Uses Recycled Items: No
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Material List

  • Plaid® Stiffy® Fabric Stiffener
  • Tin Foil
  • Wax Paper
  • Tall Round Cardboard Tube (such as a Potato Chip Canister)
  • Plastic Ball
  • Craft Bowl
  • Cheesecloth – 1 Yd
  • Scissors

Project Instructions

Step 1 Tear off a section of tin foil that is 15" long. Roll it into a tube shape. Wrap the tube shape with wax paper. Fold the tube shape in half and place inside the cardboard chip can, then fold the ends of the tube out so they look like outstretched arms. Place the ball on top of the chip can and arms. This is your chip can mold.

Step 2 Cut the cheesecloth into 3 different pieces (1 large, 1 medium and 1 small).

Step 3 Cover your work surface with a protective cover. Place the large piece of cheesecloth in the bowl, saturate with Stiffy®. Place the large piece over the chip can mold made in Step 1. Gather the bottom to look spooky. Repeat with the medium size cloth and then with the small cloth. Adjust as necessary.

Step 4 Allow to dry (about 6 hours) and remove the chip can mold.


Create hanging ghosts by threading fishing line through the top and hang from trees or the ceiling.