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Friendly Ghost Shades

These easy, inexpensive window treatments are a spooky addition to windows for Halloween.



Paper Black Out window shades, by Redi Shade, from $6 each,


  • Paper window shade
  • Thin white paper
  • Painter’s tape
  • Spray adhesive
  • Double-stick tape
  • Ghost template


  1. Step 1

    Trim a paper window shade to fit your window.

  2. Step 2

    Print and cut out ghost templates; trace them onto thin white paper, such as white kraft paper, and cut them out.

  3. Step 3

    Stretch the shade flat; tape it to a work surface.

  4. Step 4

    Spray the back of a ghost with adhesive, then press it onto the shade.

  5. Step 5

    To get a scalloped lower edge, as shown, pinch a stack of pleats up from the bottom (we did eight), and diagonally snip off the ends (see diagram 1 in template). Fold the bottom edge in half to fan the pleats, and secure with double-stick tape (see diagram 2 in template).

Martha Stewart Living, October 2013