BOO! Cheesecloth Ghost Container Decoration

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It's one of those things that I didn't know about before the arrival of Pinterest: the BOO bucket. A chance to surprise your friends, neighbors, and co-workers with a little Halloween fun, you can find lots of cute ideas for how to BOO at, and get everything you need to make a great BOO project at Walmart or

This Halloween, I decided to bring the BOO tradition into my life, by creating this fun BOO Ghost Container to surprise my co-workers with a little spooky fun and sweets. The ghost is easy to make and so versatile; you can really use any size or shape container, but I recommend you stick with glass.

I picked up a tall skinny vase at Walmart, but you can use anything, even an old pasta sauce jar would work!

Cheesecloth Ghost Decoration



  • Glass Container
  • Liquid Starch
  • Cheesecloth
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Balloon
  • Googley Eyes
  • Masking/Painters Tape


  • Inflate balloon to size to wedge firmly into top of container, then tuck in 2 pipe cleaners for the arm shape.balloon-and-arms-booitforward
  • Place container on a cookie sheet to protect your table from drips.
  • Drape the cheesecloth over and trim so it fits front and back. (Don't worry about wrinkles)
  • Cut two more pieces of cheesecloth to same length.
  • Pour 2″ of starch into a bowl, and submerge one piece of cheesecloth.
  • When removing wet cloth from bowl, squeeze carefully to remove excess starch (it will still be drippy)
  • Drape carefully over the balloon form, smoothing wrinkles and laying all as a single layer.
  • Repeat for each arm, overlapping in the middle over the balloon.
  • Arrange the bottom of the ghost so it isn't folded in, and lays flat enough to act as a base for the finished product.
  • Let sit overnight to dry. You'll notice there will be excess starch pooled at the bottom.
  • Move from cookie sheet onto a drying rack so the bottom can finish drying. (The top of it will dry quickly; the bottom will stay damp for a while. When the base is dry, you can remove it carefully from the form.
  • Peel the stiffened cloth from the glass container, pop the balloon if needed, remove the pipe cleaners from the arms. You now have a freestanding ghost and a container!


  • Add googley eyes.
  • Attach American Greetings® Halloween stickers to cardstock and cut out to be flags on banner.
  • Use decorative twine to string the banner.
  • Attached to the ghost's “hands” with a large needle, and tie a knot to hold the end secure.
  • And your ghost is done!

Setting up the BOO basket

  • Pick up your favorite Halloween treats at Walmart. We chose a variety of classic favorites, including M&M'S®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, Skittles®, Starburst®, Life Savers® Gummies, Canada Dry™, and A&W Root Beer. (These adorable limited edition mini monster cans are only available in-store at Walmart. So cute!)all-candy-and-cans-booitforward
  • Be sure to print out your free You've Been BOO'd printable from, so that the lucky recipient knows what to do next.
  • Load your container up with all your goodies. It's OK to fill higher than the top, since the ghost's head will leave some space!
  • Once your container is full, you can simply slip the finished ghost over the top of it for a festive topper, and decoration that can stay up throughout the season!

It's time to BOO!

The process for BOO’ing is easy.

  1. Make a BOO Bundle.

  2. Secretly Deliver it.

  3. BOO it Forward.

I suppose one of the advantages of my office is that no one spends all day sitting at their desks; sneaking stuff in is pretty simple, so I brought my BOO ghost to work with me and waited for someone to go into a meeting.


vertical-ghost-booitforwardOnce it's been discovered, the ghost and it's coordinating container make a cute desk decoration to hang around and haunt your office through the season.


This is such a fun way to bring a little Halloween fun into your day, I think this might have to be a tradition we stick with. Who would you BOO?

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