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Project

Witch's Curtain

Listen well, my pretties. If your home inspires anything short of sheer horror, you must shroud your entrance in darkness: strips of torn plastic to twist in the wind.

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Materials

  • Heavy-duty black garbage bag
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape or tacks

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Lay a heavy-duty black garbage bag flat on a work surface, open end toward you. With scissors, cut 1 1/2-inch vertical strips from the bottom, stopping a few inches from the top.

  2. Step 2

    Cut open one side seam, then unfold bag. Use masking tape or tacks to hang. Then, with hands a few inches apart, grasp each strand and pull; stretch strands in several places for a decrepit effect.

Source
Halloween 2004, Volume 2004 Special Issue 2004

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Reviews (62)

  • Halloweener 25 Aug, 2014

    Super easy to do (not to say I didn't rip a few, but it doesn't ruin the look). That being said, this would work best for a pirate theme.

  • krosales 13 Oct, 2012

    I just saw this on pinterest and we tried it. It was very easy and a lot of fun.

  • tinkandcarlie 3 Nov, 2008

    I made a few of these for the halloween party this year and it worked perfectly(you can tear them if you pull hard if you use a regular thin bag) I found that the thick heavy-duty bags are stronger a little harder to pull but they stretch longer and can stand up to strong winds and children.

  • tinkandcarlie 3 Nov, 2008

    I made a few of these for the halloween party this year and it worked perfectly(you can tear them if you pull hard if you use a regular thin bag) I found that the thick heavy-duty bags are stronger a little harder to pull but they stretch longer and can stand up to strong winds and children.

  • Cat_K 28 Oct, 2008

    I did this with just a basic black garbage bag, and it worked okay for me, the first strip i pulled tore, so i just was a little more gentle and held the part right above where i pulled and the rest worked amazingly. Go for cheap bags, they pull well, and don't start with too thin a cut is my advice. This is also a great quick, last minute decoration with a few pumpkins, so last minute idea surfers, rock on!

  • Cat_K 28 Oct, 2008

    I did this with just a basic black garbage bag, and it worked okay for me, the first strip i pulled tore, so i just was a little more gentle and held the part right above where i pulled and the rest worked amazingly. Go for cheap bags, they pull well, and don't start with too thin a cut is my advice. This is also a great quick, last minute decoration with a few pumpkins, so last minute idea surfers, rock on!

  • marnewein 23 Oct, 2008

    Perhaps home improvement trash bags? The kind you get at Home Depot or Lowes. These are very sturdy bags.

  • marnewein 23 Oct, 2008

    Perhaps home improvement trash bags? The kind you get at Home Depot or Lowes. These are very sturdy bags.

  • abzhorn 21 Oct, 2008

    We used heavy duty 30 gallon bag... you do have to be careful stretching beacuse of breaking. but we cut the both sides from the openig part giving it a longer effect so we could strecth it a little... it looks pretty cool. We may even get a green or black light to give a better effect a night. Ours wasn't perfect but it was fun and you can get the picture

  • abzhorn 21 Oct, 2008

    We used heavy duty 30 gallon bag... you do have to be careful stretching beacuse of breaking. but we cut the both sides from the openig part giving it a longer effect so we could strecth it a little... it looks pretty cool. We may even get a green or black light to give a better effect a night. Ours wasn't perfect but it was fun and you can get the picture

  • AAnderson 9 Oct, 2008

    Every year I use 33-gallon clear plastic trash bags to create a ghostly curtain. The plastic is thinner and so requires a more delicate touch when stretching but the effect is very satisfying.

  • AAnderson 9 Oct, 2008

    Every year I use 33-gallon clear plastic trash bags to create a ghostly curtain. The plastic is thinner and so requires a more delicate touch when stretching but the effect is very satisfying.

  • AAnderson 9 Oct, 2008

    Every year I use 33-gallon clear plastic trash bags to create a ghostly curtain. The plastic is thinner and so requires a more delicate touch when stretching but the effect is very satisfying.

  • AAnderson 9 Oct, 2008

    Every year I use 33-gallon clear plastic trash bags to create a ghostly curtain. The plastic is thinner and so requires a more delicate touch when stretching but the effect is very satisfying.

  • AAnderson 9 Oct, 2008

    Every year I use 33-gallon clear plastic trash bags to create a ghostly curtain. The plastic is thinner and so requires a more delicate touch when stretching but the effect is very satisfying.

  • AAnderson 9 Oct, 2008

    Every year I use 33-gallon clear plastic trash bags to create a ghostly curtain. The plastic is thinner and so requires a more delicate touch when stretching but the effect is very satisfying.

  • AAnderson 9 Oct, 2008

    Every year I use 33-gallon clear plastic trash bags to create a ghostly curtain. The plastic is thinner and so requires a more delicate touch when stretching but the effect is very satisfying.

  • AAnderson 9 Oct, 2008

    Every year I use 33-gallon clear plastic trash bags to create a ghostly curtain. The plastic is thinner and so requires a more delicate touch when stretching but the effect is very satisfying.

  • AAnderson 9 Oct, 2008

    Every year I use 33-gallon clear plastic trash bags to create a ghostly curtain. The plastic is thinner and so requires a more delicate touch when stretching but the effect is very satisfying.

  • AAnderson 9 Oct, 2008

    Every year I use 33-gallon clear plastic trash bags to create a ghostly curtain. The plastic is thinner and so requires a more delicate touch when stretching but the effect is very satisfying.

  • AAnderson 9 Oct, 2008

    Every year I use 33-gallon clear plastic trash bags to create a ghostly curtain. The plastic is thinner and so requires a more delicate touch when stretching but the effect is very satisfying.

  • AAnderson 9 Oct, 2008

    Every year I use 33-gallon clear plastic trash bags to create a ghostly curtain. The plastic is thinner and so requires a more delicate touch when stretching but the effect is very satisfying.

  • AAnderson 9 Oct, 2008

    Every year I use 33-gallon clear plastic trash bags to create a ghostly curtain. The plastic is thinner and so requires a more delicate touch when stretching but the effect is very satisfying.

  • AAnderson 9 Oct, 2008

    Every year I use 33-gallon clear plastic trash bags to create a ghostly curtain. The plastic is thinner and so requires a more delicate touch when stretching but the effect is very satisfying.

  • dsallison 7 Oct, 2008

    I attach this to my cedar fence every year. Stretch filament across the strands about 2 feet up and 4 feet up to keep them from flipping over to the back of the fence. Add a large skull to the center and you're set.

  • dsallison 7 Oct, 2008

    I attach this to my cedar fence every year. Stretch filament across the strands about 2 feet up and 4 feet up to keep them from flipping over to the back of the fence. Add a large skull to the center and you're set.

  • RicknBoise 6 Oct, 2008

    This is very easy and has a great effect if you put a fan behind it , I attatch it to my windows with black duct tape .

  • RicknBoise 6 Oct, 2008

    This is very easy and has a great effect if you put a fan behind it , I attatch it to my windows with black duct tape .

  • MrsLimestone 3 Oct, 2008

    How has anyone attached this decor to their window/door frames? I'd rather not create any permanent holes.

  • MrsLimestone 3 Oct, 2008

    How has anyone attached this decor to their window/door frames? I'd rather not create any permanent holes.

  • kfisher 1 Oct, 2008

    I can't wait to try this -- it looks like a great way to add some filler to spooky decorations!

  • kfisher 1 Oct, 2008

    I can't wait to try this -- it looks like a great way to add some filler to spooky decorations!

  • kristasuz 28 Sep, 2008

    We have a classroom decoration contest at my school. I think this idea may put my class at the top!

  • kristasuz 28 Sep, 2008

    We have a classroom decoration contest at my school. I think this idea may put my class at the top!

  • meyekidsrgr8 27 Sep, 2008

    This is a cool idea. It will complete the effect of my cheese cloth ghosts in the trees. Thanks

  • meyekidsrgr8 27 Sep, 2008

    This is a cool idea. It will complete the effect of my cheese cloth ghosts in the trees. Thanks

  • n_sanity 25 Sep, 2008

    These do make great halloween curtains, but folks should be aware that it's a fire hazard. We tried to do something similar for a haunted house and were stopped by the fire marshal. Plastic can catch fire quickly and burn very hot, dripping flaming plastic on people and other flammable items. Just be very careful how you use this idea.

  • n_sanity 25 Sep, 2008

    These do make great halloween curtains, but folks should be aware that it's a fire hazard. We tried to do something similar for a haunted house and were stopped by the fire marshal. Plastic can catch fire quickly and burn very hot, dripping flaming plastic on people and other flammable items. Just be very careful how you use this idea.

  • FannyBrite 23 Sep, 2008

    I just tried to make these with really cheap garbage bags and it didn't work - the strands didn't stretch and broke. I'll try again with some heavy duty garbage bags.

  • FannyBrite 23 Sep, 2008

    I just tried to make these with really cheap garbage bags and it didn't work - the strands didn't stretch and broke. I'll try again with some heavy duty garbage bags.

  • nt2swt67 18 Sep, 2008

    This is super easy to do with the multi purpose rotary cutters. The results are amazingly easy and you can buy one at the dollar store just like the bags.

  • nt2swt67 18 Sep, 2008

    This is super easy to do with the multi purpose rotary cutters. The results are amazingly easy and you can buy one at the dollar store just like the bags.

  • hbiedron 12 Sep, 2008

    I did this last year with just a cheapy thin bag and it still looked cool. This year I've got some large contractor grade bags that I'll use. Be sure to use a sharp scissors to cut the bag, it's kind of hard if they're a little dull.

  • hbiedron 12 Sep, 2008

    I did this last year with just a cheapy thin bag and it still looked cool. This year I've got some large contractor grade bags that I'll use. Be sure to use a sharp scissors to cut the bag, it's kind of hard if they're a little dull.

  • myminisweets 11 Sep, 2008

    I love this idea!! There's always a breeze here on Halloween so this will be a great addition. I use the black trash bags to make a giant spide too. Makes for a fun night...

  • myminisweets 11 Sep, 2008

    I love this idea!! There's always a breeze here on Halloween so this will be a great addition. I use the black trash bags to make a giant spide too. Makes for a fun night...

  • myminisweets 11 Sep, 2008

    I love this idea!! There's usually a breeze here during Halloween so this will be a great treatment for the front door. Black trash bags are great for making a giant spider too.

  • myminisweets 11 Sep, 2008

    I love this idea!! There's usually a breeze here during Halloween so this will be a great treatment for the front door. Black trash bags are great for making a giant spider too.

  • Twirly_Wirly 4 Sep, 2008

    This looks so cool. Will definatly make this scary Witches Curtin this year. And the best thing is it will not cost the national debt.......

  • Twirly_Wirly 4 Sep, 2008

    This looks so cool. Will definatly make this scary Witches Curtin this year. And the best thing is it will not cost the national debt.......

  • MrsAslan 18 Aug, 2008

    This is a cheap, easy, reuseable project that lasts year after year and doesn't take a lot of space to store. The effect is creepier than you might imagine, especially if there is a breeze. This one is a keeper!

  • MrsAslan 18 Aug, 2008

    This is a cheap, easy, reuseable project that lasts year after year and doesn't take a lot of space to store. The effect is creepier than you might imagine, especially if there is a breeze. This one is a keeper!

  • Halloween_fan 15 Aug, 2008

    I am a fan of Halloween and this is one of the easiest prodjects

  • Halloween_fan 15 Aug, 2008

    I am a fan of Halloween and this is one of the easiest prodjects

  • suzieqmac 14 Aug, 2008

    I've done this the past two years and I'm told by kids that we've got the scariest house in the neighborhood!

  • suzieqmac 14 Aug, 2008

    I've done this the past two years and I'm told by kids that we've got the scariest house in the neighborhood!

  • RubyEdge 7 Aug, 2008

    oh! I'm excited to try this out!

  • RubyEdge 7 Aug, 2008

    oh! I'm excited to try this out!

  • french45 6 Aug, 2008

    i will try this this year as my budget is low and i have plenty if g bag thanks it 's a great idea

  • french45 6 Aug, 2008

    i will try this this year as my budget is low and i have plenty if g bag thanks it 's a great idea

  • kwheeler 8 Apr, 2008

    I do these every year, they are fun, fast, and easy. The end result is amazing.

  • kwheeler 8 Apr, 2008

    I do these every year, they are fun, fast, and easy. The end result is amazing.