cups (or water bottles)
sticks, pencils, etc for arms
carboard & wax paper
a small bucket
small piece of black felt for eyes
I enlisted the help of my mom, aunt and cousin (and I'm glad I did...because it would have been a little messy to complete this on my own). Using 2 solo cups, a balloon, some tape and pencils, we started by making our "ghost molds."
Next, we put down some cardboard in the garage, covered it with wax paper (this is important because your ghost will stick to the cardboard) and we dumped some starch into a bucket. We chose not to dilute the starch.
Next, we cut our cheesecloth to size. Each piece was a little different (they didn't have to be perfect) and we just based it on the size of each ghost mold.
We then did an assembly line: my mom and I dunked the cheesecloth, rung it out and placed it over the ghosts molds. Someone else would straighten out the cheesecloth so it laid nicely.
We allowed them to dry for a few days (while we were out of town). When we got back, I popped the balloons, removed the molds and added felt eyes. We now all have spooky cheesecloth ghosts to add to our Halloween decorations.