I'm still adding finishing touches to the these souls, but so far I like how these simple props are turning out.
They still need proper lighting and a bit more cheesecloth, but overall I've achieved the effect I wanted with little cost.
I only had $30 to soend on this year's projects. It's a drop in the bucket compared to past years. Luckily I had picked up the paper mache masks on clearance last November. All I needed to buy was the cheesecloth.
5 packages of 15 ft lengths of cheesecloth.
Everything else I had around the house including:
- paper towels
- paper towel tubes
- black tissue paper
- glue & glue gun
- invisible thread
- those packing pillows of air. I have no idea what they are officially called. It's literally a square of air.
These would look nicer with more cheesecloth, but I think I did ok. Besides, these are not 'really ghosts, they are souls in my mind. For some reason I don't think souls have arms even in a physical manifestation, and that saved on material.
I've taken a few pictures of the process I made up as I went along. Are there better ways to build them? I am sure there are, but this worked for me and my limited resources. Let's jump into the quick how-to.