No need to bait your home with bugs to attract a scary swarm of bats like these; all that's required is tissue paper and a pair of scissors. Cutting the strings of shapes won't drive you batty, since the paper comes accordion-folded in its package. With black tissue paper, you can craft bats, cats, rats, or witches; orange makes great pumpkins, and white is perfect for skulls and ghosts.
The hallway table is laden with decorating tricks and Halloween treats. Bugs adorn whimsical, spray-painted pumpkins, which stand out against leaves handcrafted from green silk taffeta. Antique jars are filled with old-fashioned gum balls and stick candy, and a cake stand bears bags of jelly beans tied with silver ribbon.
Cast a sinister glow over any setting with a cluster of white tapers dripping with "blood" (actually red candle wax). Fill a cup or a small pail with sand, and plant white candles inside so they stand upright. Light a red candle and tip it over the white candles so the wax drips down the tops and sides, being careful not to burn yourself. Let wax cool completely before removing candles from sand.
Plain candlesticks look positively creepy in critter-covered cobwebs. Cut a length of cheesecloth, and gently pull to make it look tattered. Drape cloth over candlesticks and mantel; add plastic spiders and leaves. Top candlesticks with bobeches -- collars that catch drips -- and insert tapers.
Invite some great minds to your next gathering. Dried cockscomb looks like brains, making this ingenious display easy to create. Find dried blooms online, or dry fresh ones by hanging them upside down for 2 weeks. Plan to use 6 to 8 stems per brain. Cut blooms off stems. With hot glue, affix flowers together, creating half of a brain. Make 2 halves; hot-glue together. Print and cut out paper labels; skewer on hat pins, and insert. Display brains in jars or under glass cloches.
A floral arrangement becomes positively frightening when covered in creepy cobwebs. To make the webs, cut a 5-inch section from inexpensive or damaged white panty hose, and pull apart until it becomes wispy and resembles cobwebs. Stretch the material over a cluster of dark blooms (we used crimson roses and dahlias, as well as some fiddlehead ferns). Set on a sideboard, or on a dining table as a centerpiece.
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