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Shocking Silhouettes

As day turns to night, call on candles to cast an eerie glow throughout your home. When fierce silhouettes are propped above them, spectacular shadows dance across the walls.




  • Silhouette templates
  • Heavyweight black card stock
  • Utility knife
  • 18-gauge wire
  • Tape
  • Pliers
  • Candle and glass candleholder


  1. Step 1

    Print templates. Trace onto heavyweight black card stock; cut out with a utility knife. Straighten a length of 18-gauge wire, and tape one end to the back of a card-stock creature.

  2. Step 2

    Using pliers, shape the other end of the wire into a circle large enough to loop around the bottom of a candleholder. Bend the wire so the card stock creature is positioned behind the back lip of the glass.

  3. Step 3

    Be sure to use a candleholder that is taller than the candle, in order to keep the flame away from cutout. Adjust distance from wall to create smaller or larger shadows.

Halloween 2007, August



Reviews (18)

  • Faeschild 19 Sep, 2010

    Holly76 - Try taping them to the front of spotlights then point the lights at the wall. Think the Bat Signal from Batman.

  • Holly76 13 Mar, 2010

    I would like to know how to make this on a larger scale! Think Halloween wedding reception. I think that it would be very cool to do these silhouettes on larger sections of the wall. I just can't figure out how to go about doing that. I wouldn't be able to use candles, it would have to be another light source, maybe a lamp of some sort. Any ideas anyone on how to go about doing that?

  • lmr4524 25 Sep, 2009

    Something simple that has a big impact - love these kind of projects!

  • Shamash 7 Jul, 2009

    I love these. And thak you for your tip, Dixiedoodle! :)

  • NorbieK 28 Oct, 2008

    What a great idea. Love the templates - can be used as silhouttes. .

  • dixiedoodle 28 Oct, 2008

    You have to be very careful with these. You have to get the height of the candle just right along with exactly where the cut out is placed. Several of me and my firends have caught on fire. A few tries though and we figured out the spot - keep it further behind the rim than what Martha says

  • 1Toffy 27 Oct, 2008

    Love this idea

  • Luvsdolls 27 Oct, 2008

    It would probably be a good idea to use the battery candles for these, if there is enough light to cast a shadow.

  • Luvsdolls 27 Oct, 2008

    It would probably be a good idea to use the battery candles for these, if there is enough light to cast a shadow.

  • mykele 27 Oct, 2008

    Just be careful to follow saftey rules in
    using any type of flame....candles should
    be carefully monitored to prevent fire.

  • lbuser 27 Oct, 2008

    I am with bevmarshal - what a cute idea for any holiday or any party you want to spruce up with something different. Even baby showers or birthdays.

  • EWjunk 4 Oct, 2008

    These were very cute and easy - I used four shapes from the 2007 Bad Things clip art set - pumpkin, cat, witch head and bat.

  • Rorie_D_Lion 25 Sep, 2008

    We have haunted houses we got from Illuminations and Yankee Candle made from metal. Those cast errie shadows on the wall alone. We did this project last year with different ghost shapes and it made it even MORE errie. It's fun what candles can do with these different shapes =] This year I'm going to make a witch on a broom =]

  • bevmarshal 24 Sep, 2008

    This idea has possibiities for every holiday. I can see snowflakes for the holidays, then hearts for Valentines Day, shamrocks for St. Pat's, etc.

  • minnie 24 Sep, 2008

    Can't wait to make these for the buffet table and the entry way. Last year I used the Halloween templates as stitching motifs for the Halloween wall quilt I made for the entry way.

  • devedsmith 24 Sep, 2008

    What a great idea. I can imagine that if you made a centerpiece out of these then the images would be dancing around the entire room!

  • josien 13 Sep, 2008

    what a great idea! I can use this for a project at my club. Thanx

  • Rorie_D_Lion 25 Jun, 2008

    I tried this seasons ago and its awesome! The creepy pumpkin face is the best for Halloween, during winter we use snowflakes, and Valentine's Day is hearts =]