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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



Reviews (1)

  • Velvete 5 Oct, 2014

    I made these for our kitchen and loved them! I Used a variation - instead of using the ghost I used pre printed decorative label/ placard of Eat, Drink and Be Scary! at the center of the shade. I was glad 4 shades came in an order because I didn't quite get it right the first time and didn't like the wrinkles visible in the paper shades. Easily corrected on the second effort. The Martha projects are always the best for Halloween, creative, inexpensive and so impressive! Thanks Martha.