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Haunted Mirror with Ghost Hands

This Halloween, create an entrance that transports all who dare to step inside. Entwine your sconces with hissing snakes, place dramatic black calla lilies in vessels dark as tombstones, and unleash the ghost who's been trapped behind the glass.

haunted mirror hands

Photography: Addie Juell

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2018

Introduction

One glimpse, and friends will never forget the night they reached for your candy bowl. To conjure these ghostly hands, download our template—in one of two sizes: small (16" x 22") or large (24" x 36")—and print it to fit the size of your mirror. For more ideas, scroll through our entire collection of indoor Halloween decorations, plus clever ways to display your Halloween candy for trick-or-treaters.

 

(Also pictured: Grandin Road Halloween posable snakes, in Black, from $9 each, grandinroad.com. Chelsea Textiles GUS 043-02 bureau with diamond carving, in Antique Black, $1,922, chelseatextiles.com.)

materials

  • Mirror

  • Sticker project paper (Pictured: Avery sticker project paper, 8½" by 11", in Glossy Clear, $14 for 7 sheets, amazon.com.)

  • Measuring tape

  • White pencil

  • Scissors

  • Craft knife

steps

  1. Measure the mirror you want to cover by height and width. Head to your local copy shop and give them the template file and mirror measurements. Tell them you want to have the image in the file printed on removable clear vinyl adhesive to the size of your mirror. (FedEx Office can create these for from $78 per square foot.)

  2. At home, place the printout on the mirror, framing the ghostly hands image in a pleasing way. Trace around it and cut it out, then adhere according to the instructions and trim with a craft knife as needed.

  3. If you prefer to craft one from scratch: Photocopy your hands (have a friend press the button), scan the printout, and take the scanned file to the copy shop to be printed on removable clear vinyl adhesive. Or photocopy each hand separately onto clear sticker paper and piece together your macabre masterpiece.

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