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Make Your Own Friendly Ghost

Caspar the Friendly Ghost was the brain-child of Joe Oriolo and Seymour Reit. In 1945, this sweet spook floated his way onto the small-screen in There’s Good Boos Tonight. Originally, Caspar was pictured as a tortured soul who spent all of his time lurking in the graveyard, hiding out behind his own headstone. However, in 1970, Harvey Publishers claimed that he was the supernatural love-child of two ghosts who were gaga for each other. Want to make your own friendly ghost that your friends and family will fall head-over-heels for? You’ll need:

  • 1-liter bottle
  • Starch
  • Cheese cloth
  • An old towel
  • Black felt
  • Styrofoam ball
  • Scissors
  • Wire
  • Hot glue
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hairdryer (Optional)
  • Googly Eyes (Optional)


Step 1

Cover your work area with an old towel. Then push the Styrofoam ball down on top of the 1-liter bottle. If you decide to use a green floral ball, cover it in plastic to prevent green lint from clinging to your cheese cloth.

Step 2

Wrap wire around the top of the 1-liter bottle, forming arms of equal length on each side. Bend the ends of each wire upward. Then place the cheese cloth over the ghost form. Spray it with starch. The more starch you use the stiffer your ghost will be.

Step 3

Dry your spook by placing it out in the sun or by using a hairdryer. Once your ghost is dry, peal it off of the form and hot glue on a pair of felt or googly eyes.

If you use this tutorial to make your own floating phantom, tweet a picture to @Poemgirl88. Don’t worry–this one won’t scare the eyeballs out of your best boos.

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Instead of eating brains, Cherese Cobb uses hers to write. She has spellbound audiences at The Krazy Coupon Lady, Lumoid, the Penny Hoarder, and Take Lessons. This word-witch's poems have been published in Frogpond, Shemom, A Hundred Gourds, The Mainichi, and the Asahi Shimbun. She haunts Knoxville, Tennessee, where she lives with her undead parents and cat.

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