Coffee Stained Gauze Ghost Witch

How much do I love to make these ghosts!?

Recently, and you've probably seen the stiffened ghosts I made with drop cloth fabric. 

Today I'm creating another stiffened ghost with a whole new look! 

This easy project looks great and if you light them up they look amazing! 

Take a look...

gauzy ghost and cauldron

After having so much fun making the first drop cloth ghosts I made last week I decided to do it again! 

stiffened fabric ghosts and mushroom

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This time I am using gauze. I had an idea to make him look like a mummy, a little bit " Ghost of Christmas yet to come" look. I even thought I'd add some chains but decided to go in a different direction in the end. 

I began the same way as the other ghosts, with Mod Podge Fabric Stiffener. This time however, I'm adding a little instant coffee (any kind will do) to the Mod Podge to create an antiqued look on the ghost. 

bowl of fabric stiffener with coffee

I poured the Mod Podge Fabric Stiffener into a bowl and added about a teaspoon of instant coffee. You can also use white school glue. 

I mixed it around and added my fabric. I started with a light cotton fabric for the first layer. 

lightbulb in jar

I squeezed out the liquid and draped the stained wet fabric over a lightbulb in a jar. I would put a little wax on the top of the lightbulb so the fabric doesn't stick. Ask me how I know! 😝

ghost first layer

I grabbed some gauze from the first aid kit and dipped that into the coffee stain mixture then tore the gauze into strips. 

packages of gauze

I wrapped the strips of gauze around the first layer of the ghost. I was going for a mummy look.

stiffened ghost with gauze

Lastly, I used some gauzy fabric I bought at Dollar Tree to give the ghost the last layer. 

gauze ghost with netting layer

Next, using wooden skewers, I lifted up the fabric in two places to represent the arms of the ghost. 

ghost with sticks for arms

I held up the sticks so they would dry. 

gauze ghost with sticks to hold up arms

I left the ghost to dry overnight and in the morning I had a gorgeous stained gauzy ghost. He was actually crispy! 

gauze ghost with raised arms

It was ready to add eyes with black paint and a small brush. 

gauze ghost with eyes

I used a soft brush and a black stamp pad to give more definition to the ends of the ghost. 

brushing on black antiquing

Lastly, I gave the ghost a tiny terra cotta pumpkin and a felt witches hat and broom.  I made the witches hat from a half circle of felt and wrapped it into a cone shape. Just bend up the edges and add a ribbon. The broom is a wooden skewer with a few jute pieces tied around the bottom. 

gauze ghost with witches hat, pumpkin and broom


gauze witch ghost and cauldron

I think he looks adorable and is another variation of my stiffened ghost collection. The cauldron idea is from the Liz Marie Blog! Isn't it adorable!?

Three ghosts and a witch

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ghost witch with overlay

You can add a puck light under the ghost like I did with the others though the more fabric layers you have, the dimmer the light will be. 

3 lit up ghosts

I think they are just so cute! 

ghost witch and mushroom


ghost witch with pumpkin and broom

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ghost witch and pumkin


I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .