Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Halloween Decor

Bleak Birdcage Decoration
 This easy-to-make Halloween decoration looks like it came straight from an Alfred Hitchcock film -- just take a clip-art birdcage image, make an oversize print at a copy center, and spritz with coffee to give it an aged appearance before hanging. Add to the poster's eerie effect with a few well-placed crow or raven decorations.
Tangled Web
 Customize plain candles for Halloween. Use a pencil to draw a spiderweb design into a pillar candle (be sure to use a candle that is colored all the way through -- some inexpensive candles don't have any color in the middle). Once you've completed your design, pour a little bit of rubbing alcohol onto a paper towel and dab the excess wax off the candle surface. Using white paint and a small brush, paint inside the grooves. Wipe off excess paint with rubbing alcohol and a paper towel.

Spooky Still Life
 Make ordinary objects a little creepier with a coat of black paint. Just a few simple steps and this discarded tree branch becomes a scary perch for menacing ravens. Find a tree branch (the more twisted and gnarled, the better) and spray-paint it black. Once dry, insert the branch in an urn or pot. Finish by placing a few black ravens on the branch.

Terrifying Towels

Wash and dry in Halloween style with these kitchen hand towels. Print copyright-free clip art onto iron-on transfer paper. Following the manufacturer's instructions, transfer the creepy images onto white flour sack dish towels. These towels will get the dishes bone dry.

Haunted Chair Covers
 Create a spellbinding seating arrangement with a few simple, inexpensive materials - Tulle netting and ribbon.

Webbed Chandelier
Recycle an old umbrella as a haunting light fixture. Remove the fabric covering, then stretch spider webbing over the frame. Decorate with plastic spiders and battery-operated lanterns attached to the wire with S hooks. Tie rope around the handle and hang from the ceiling with a plant hook.

Images and ideas via Better Homes and Gardens.

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