Witches Spell Book:
Use a large, old book. Use parchment paper for additional pages. Gently rip and char the edges of parchment paper using a charcoal-colored marker. Use a calligraphy pen to create a ghastly spells or recipes (Eyeball Stew anyone?). Use double-stick tape to secure the pages to the middle of the open book. Add a leather or velvet bookmark as a final accent and prop it up on a book or plate stand.
Canisters of Yuck:
A variety of canisters full of decaying items is perfect for your Halloween table. Gather canisters of all different sizes. Create murky or bloody preservative fluid for some by adding green or red food coloring plus a tablespoon or two of milk to water. Place plastic insects and body parts, witch or alien Halloween masks, floating eyeballs and tiny shrunken apple heads (peeled apples with carved faces that have dried up) in separate jars. Add a piece of ragged gauze and waxed string to the lids for an eerie effect.
Skulls and Skeletons:
Place plastic skulls on table tops illuminated by candles. Hang a skeleton cutout in your coat closets (let guests hand their own coats up for this scary surprise!)
Hang rubber bats around your front door and in the windows. If you prefer to make your own, cut them out of black craft foam and hang with thread or tack some to walls with push pins. You can also hang these outside in your tree branches!
Furniture covered in a messy fashion with white sheets makes any house look as if it was abandoned years ago. Add in some ghostly window treatments by hanging shredded gauze in the windows for curtains. Place a hidden fan near the gauze to create movement. You can also cut out ghost silhouettes to hang in the windows out of the gauze.
An inexpensive and easy way to add to your Halloween decor. Purchase batting from your local craft store and spread it out to create the spider web. Position on candelabras, window sills, overhanging lamps/chandeliers etc. Place plastic spiders in the web for the finishing touch!
Flickering candles create shadows and give the room a subtle spooky feel. Position them far from any blowing draperies and on top of tin foil disguised with black stones and gravel. Make sure you don’t leave them unattended while lit.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
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