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Mad Scientist Invites

This creepy invitation looks like it came from a dungeon laboratory -- but it's easy to make at home.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2003


  • Paper price tags

  • White card stock

  • Cup of brewed tea

  • Paper towels

  • Matches

  • Black-ink pen

  • Corn syrup

  • Red food coloring

  • Fine paintbrush

  • Plastic floral tubes

  • Fake bugs

  • 5/8-inch corks

  • Black thread

  • Small cardboard boxes

  • Excelsior (wood shavings)


  1. To give the paper an aged look, dip tags and card stock in tea for a minute; let dry on a paper towel. Once dry, carefully singe edges. Use a pen to label specimen tags.

  2. To make blood-colored ink, combine 2 teaspoons corn syrup, 3 teaspoons water, and several drops of red food coloring. Use a paintbrush to write party details and spatter drips on card stock.

  3. Fill each floral tube with fake bugs and top with cork; attach "specimen" tag with black thread.

  4. Place each invitation (with specimen) in a cardboard box filled with excelsior. Check with the post office for mailing specifications, or deliver the invitations yourself.

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