Time Required :
Over an hour
Intermediate
Intermediate
You're somewhat experienced with the skills necessary to complete this project, but you haven't mastered all the elements, yet.

ombré ghost decor

Create a show-stopping ghost décor piece by Melody in the Making with this twist on an old Halloween classic!
Step 1

Cut a 31" x 31" [78 cm x 78 cm] square from the one yard of fabric.

Step 2

Cover your work area with a plastic tablecloth (or tarp) and fill one large bowl with 3 cups warm water. Set the bowl aside.

Step 3

Fill the 12 oz. [354.8 mL] squeeze bottle almost all the way up with very warm water. Add 1 tsp of Rit® liquid dye and one small squirt of dish soap. Lightly swirl bottle to mix.
TIP: More dye equals darker shade.

Step 4

Fold the square of white cotton in half and then half again, then lay it on your tablecloth with raw edges at the bottom. Take bottle of dye and squeeze sparingly just along the raw (not folded) edges until the edge is completely wet with dye.

Step 5

Take the 3" [7.6 cm] paintbrush, dip into the warm water and quickly brush the dye in an upwards motion towards the folded corner (this is the middle of your square once unfolded).

Step 6

Continue to dip the brush in water and brush in the same direction to saturate the fabric, creating an ombré effect (darker at the two edges and lightening as it gets closer to the folded middle) with the dye. Stop short of the folded middle (to maintain some white fabric). Lay flat to dry overnight (or for a minimum of 6-8 hours).
TIP: If the darker dyed areas look blotchy, squeeze the dye directly on your paintbrush and brush evenly over these areas until blurred and blended. Add water to help spread the dye when blending.

Step 7

To make your ghost frame, use a serrated knife to cut a 1" [2.5 cm] piece off the bottom of the largest 4.7" [11.9 cm] foam ball to create a flat edge. Insert a single dowel from the top through the middle of the foam ball.
TIP: This will form the base of your ghost form where you will drape the fabric later.

Step 8

Insert the medium 3.8" [9.7 cm] foam ball at the top of the same wooden dowel (do not push the dowel all the way through foam ball). Use a measuring tape (or ruler) to maintain the height of 14" [35.6 cm] top to bottom.

Step 9

Insert another wooden dowel into the top left side of base foam ball (angled upwards). Then place the smallest 1.3" [3.3 cm] foam ball (at the end to create the ghost arm/hand. Repeat on the right side to make the right arm to complete your ghost frame. Set aside.

Step 10

Now that your dyed fabric has dried overnight (or for 6-8 hours), pour liquid starch into a large bowl, unfold the dyed fabric, and completely soak it in the starch. Squeeze any excess starch and drape fabric over the ghost frame.
TIP: Some of the dye will come out but should mostly stay on the fabric.

Step 11

Let your ghost dry overnight.
TIP: If using a platform under your ghost décor, cover the platform with foil or plastic and drape the bottom of the ghost over the edges but allow some fabric to pool at the bottom for support. If not using a platform, allow fabric to pool at the bottom so when it dries the ghost can stand on its own.

Step 12

Once dry, cut out two small circular shapes from black felt and hot glue onto the face of the ghost for the eyes.

Step 13

Finally, remove the foam and wooden dowel form carefully. Your ghost will be able to stand on its own!

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  • Tape Measure (or Ruler)
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  • Liquid Starch
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  • 2 - Large Bowls
  • Plastic Tablecloth (or Tarp)
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  • Measuring Spoons
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