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Friendly Ghost Shades

These easy, inexpensive window treatments are a spooky addition to windows for Halloween.

Photography: Richard Banks

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2013



Paper Black Out window shades, by Redi Shade, from $6 each,


  • Paper window shade

  • Thin white paper

  • Painter’s tape

  • Spray adhesive

  • Double-stick tape


  1. Trim a paper window shade to fit your window.

  2. Print and cut out ghost templates; trace them onto thin white paper, such as white kraft paper, and cut them out.

  3. Stretch the shade flat; tape it to a work surface.

  4. Spray the back of a ghost with adhesive, then press it onto the shade.

  5. To get a scalloped lower edge, as shown, pinch a stack of pleats up from the bottom (we did eight), and diagonally snip off the ends (see diagram 1 in template). Fold the bottom edge in half to fan the pleats, and secure with double-stick tape (see diagram 2 in template).

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