I have been playing with glue and gauze pads for a few days. I did a few experiments to check out which glue makes the best “gauze covered ping pong ball ghost lights”.
I found that PVA glue such as Mod Podge is the best among. PVA glue or white craft glue dries into transparent rubbery texture so it gives a better hold for the gauze material and for the ghost to withstand the humid air during a misty night. It can be hung at outdoor under some shades to prevent direct heavy rain (make sure your’ve got the holiday lights for outdoor too).
At first, I thought laundry spray starch is sufficient to do the job. No, I was wrong, it didn’t work out even with the strongest hold. It can’t hold the ghost skirt in floating style and won’t stick on the ping pong ball. This probably due to the loosely woven structure of the gauze material, and also, I didn’t iron it.
Home-made corn starch glue is good but it is too crispy after drying and won’t be able to hold still under wet misty nights, it will “melt”. If you don’t have PVA glue and never think of putting the ghost lights outdoor, then corn starch glue will be an option.
The “flying ghost lights” at the background is done by a camera trick called “bokeh lights”. It involves a DSLR camera with a wide open aperture lens and some black card stock to do it. Will make a separate tutorial on this later [update: please refer to this tutorial for bokeh light, substitute the template with a ghost]. Let’s concentrate on how to make this gauze / cheesecloth ghost light in this tutorial for now 😉 .
Happy decorating for the Halloween!!!