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Mad Scientist Invites

This creepy invitation looks like it came from a dungeon laboratory -- but it's easy to make at home.




  • Paper price tags
  • White card stock
  • Cup of brewed tea
  • Paper towels
  • Matches
  • Black-ink pen
  • Corn syrup
  • Red food coloring
  • Fine paintbrush
  • Plastic floral tubes
  • Fake bugs
  • 5/8-inch corks
  • Black thread
  • Small cardboard boxes
  • Excelsior (wood shavings)


  1. Step 1

    To give the paper an aged look, dip tags and card stock in tea for a minute; let dry on a paper towel. Once dry, carefully singe edges. Use a pen to label specimen tags.

  2. Step 2

    To make blood-colored ink, combine 2 teaspoons corn syrup, 3 teaspoons water, and several drops of red food coloring. Use a paintbrush to write party details and spatter drips on card stock.

  3. Step 3

    Fill each floral tube with fake bugs and top with cork; attach "specimen" tag with black thread.

  4. Step 4

    Place each invitation (with specimen) in a cardboard box filled with excelsior. Check with the post office for mailing specifications, or deliver the invitations yourself.

Martha Stewart Living, October 2003



Reviews (1)

  • ainz 20 Sep, 2008

    That's sort of neat, but you could also fill the tube with the fake blood. That would add a creepy halloween touch to it!