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Halloween Hang-Ups

Floating, spinning, spooky visages will draw extra attention to a table of goodies.




  • Pumpkin, cat, and owl templates
  • 8 1/2-by-11-inch sheets of colored paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Hot-glue gun and hot-glue sticks
  • Pencil
  • Hole-punch
  • Ribbon


  1. Step 1

    Fold papers: For each decoration, you'll need to accordion-fold 8 1/2-by-11-inch sheets of colored paper, making 1/2- or 3/4-inch folds. For small faces, accordion-fold 3 sheets of paper vertically, then bend each in half to make a fan. For medium, accordion-fold 6 sheets horizontally. For large, accordion-fold 11 sheets vertically.

  2. Step 2

    Form circles: For small faces, cut 6 strips of paper equal to length of fan's fold and twice its width; fold in half lengthwise. Use a glue stick to attach strips to fans (see below), and fans to one another, forming a circle. For larger faces, glue 1 edge of folded paper to the next until you form a circle. Hot-glue center to secure.

  3. Step 3

    Add features: Print templates (pumpkin, cat, and owl), enlarging by 125 percent for small, 150 for medium, and 200 for large; cut out. Trace shapes onto colored paper twice; cut out. Attach shapes to each side of decoration with hot glue. Hole-punch top; hang using ribbon.

The Martha Stewart Show, October 2008



Reviews (1)

  • neniluv 28 Oct, 2008

    I have to say that the cat and owl hang-ups are a fabulous idea. We just recently had a halloween costume/friendship club party, and the guests loved them. I hung them from the ceiling, and later gave them away to each family as a parting gift. Thanks Martha for a wonderful, creative way to make our event a spooktacular one.