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You don't need a magic wand to cast an eerie spell over your house for Halloween — these clever crafts will do the trick.
Spooky glass votives
Decorate plain glass votives with spooky images and sayings, and set them on your front table to greet visitors — if they dare to enter.
1. Measure the circumference (plus 1 inch) and height of each votive.
2. Cut one piece of vellum paper to that size, and a second, shorter piece in a contrasting color for a layered look.
3. Stamp silver and black Halloween images — like spiders and webs — onto the shorter vellum.
4. For a sparkly effect, sprinkle glitter onto the stamped image while ink is still wet; tap off excess glitter.
5. Wrap vellum around each votive, using double-sided tape to close the seam. For spider web votives (back row, left), wind silver thread around the votive and apply hot glue at the seams.
Hang spider garland from doorways, loop it around banisters and dangle it off your mantel or table. Then feel free to cackle when people jump as they brush against the creepy-crawlies!
1. With a small brush, apply Elmer's glue on the top side of each plastic spider. Then shake on black or silver glitter to cover spider (plan to use four spiders per foot of garland).
2. When the glue's dried, flip over the spiders and glitter their undersides.
3. When spiders are dry, glue them to a silver cord using a hot-glue gun, spacing them about 3 inches apart.
Carve scary bat, spider and cat silhouettes into your pumpkins so that they really stand out from the street. For entertaining, place the glowing pumpkins in your fireplace to set the mood.
1. Print out the silhouette templates below.
2. Cut an opening in your pumpkin and scoop out the "guts"; scrape the inside walls too, until they're about 1-inch thick.
3. Pin a paper template onto the pumpkin and transfer the pattern using a plastic poking tool or pushpins.
4. Remove your template and begin carving the poked-hole pattern with a pumpkin-carving saw. Place a votive candle inside.
Glitter table runner
Set glitter webs on your table and under snack bowls to serve as trivets and sparkly decorations, all in one.
1. Tape two sheets of wax paper together and lay them flat.
2. Begin drawing your spider web with Elmer's glue (refrigerate for a few hours first so it's less runny) by making an asterisk with four lines.
3. Starting at the center, cast a single line connecting each asterisk spoke; continue until the web is the size you want.
4. Pour glitter on top of the glue web and let it sit overnight.
5. Shake off excess glitter and let the web sit for another two days to completely dry and harden.
6. Using a spatula, gently peel the web off the wax paper.
More decorating ideas for Halloween
Reprinted with permission of Hearst Communications, Inc. Originally published: Boo-tiful home ideas