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Tattered Halloween Tablecloth and Spiderweb Decor

Hair-raising party decorations don't need to be costly or fussy. You can make these frightening flourishes with some inexpensive craft supplies in just a few minutes.

Photography: Ellie Miller

Source: Martha Stewart


We covered a table with gauze and then affixed black tissue-paper tatters to the table and sweets-laden cake stands. Spooky card-stock spiderwebs hang from up above -- spun, perhaps, by the store-bought arachnid dangling nearby.


  • Black tissue paper

  • Scissors

  • Straightedge

  • Rotary cutter fitted with a decorative blade

  • Double-sided tape

  • Black card stock

  • White pencil

  • Craft knife

  • Monofilament (to hang cobwebs)


  1. Make the Tatters. Cut a length of black tissue paper 9 inches wide (3 inches for smaller tatters). Make 2-inch (1 1/2-inch for small) accordion folds down the length of the paper; trim excess.

  2. Using a straightedge and a rotary cutter fitted with a decorative blade, cut folded paper into a V shape, leaving a 1-inch (1/2-inch for small) border at one end.

  3. Repeat with additional sheets of paper as necessary, and affix to desired surfaces with double-sided tape.

  4. Make the Cobwebs.  Photocopy the template onto card stock, enlarging it by 400 percent for the smaller web. (Enlarge copy an additional 150 percent for the larger web.) Cut out.  


  5. Fold a 12-inch square sheet of black card stock (an 18-inch square for the large web) in half diagonally, and then fold in half twice more to form a small triangle. Step 6 Trace onto card stock with a white pencil; use a craft knife to cut out pattern. Unfold, and hang with monofilament.

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