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Creepy Crates

Assemble a tableau straight out of a spooky movie. The animals in this witch's latest shipment seem to have escaped their crates and are inhabiting these ghostly green pumpkins.

Created By: Bunny Wong


  • Wooden open-top boxes, 16-by-12-by-11 inches, knock-down style, by Poole and Sons,
  • Number and letter stencils, 2 inches, by Hy-Ko Products,
  • Dark-gray and black acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Masking tape
  • Sponge brush


  1. Step 1

    Assemble the crate according to package instructions.

  2. Step 2

    Mix water with dark-gray acrylic paint to make it pale and thin. Use a paintbrush to paint the crate once; let dry.

  3. Step 3

    Stencil a frightening phrase onto the side of the crate: Hold stencils in place with masking tape; use the seam in the crate as a guide to keep the letters straight. 

  4. Step 4


    Dip a sponge brush in black acrylic paint, and blot it. Then dab paint inside each stencil. Let dry, and remove stencils.

Martha Stewart Living, October 2009