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Shocking Silhouettes

As day turns to night, call on candles to cast an eerie glow throughout your home. When fierce silhouettes are propped above them, spectacular shadows dance across the walls.

Photography: Kate Sears

Source: Halloween 2007, August


  • Heavyweight black card stock

  • Utility knife

  • 18-gauge wire

  • Tape

  • Pliers

  • Candle and glass candleholder


  1. Print templates. Trace onto heavyweight black card stock; cut out with a utility knife. Straighten a length of 18-gauge wire, and tape one end to the back of a card-stock creature.

  2. Using pliers, shape the other end of the wire into a circle large enough to loop around the bottom of a candleholder. Bend the wire so the card stock creature is positioned behind the back lip of the glass.

  3. Be sure to use a candleholder that is taller than the candle, in order to keep the flame away from cutout. Adjust distance from wall to create smaller or larger shadows.

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