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Elegant, Gothic Halloween Decorations

A spooky celebration calls for eerie adornment.

Craft Styling by Suzonne Stirling; Text by Judy Prouty

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Trick or Treat garland
Hallie Burton
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Sweet Talk

A festive banner hangs above a sideboard tableau mixing luminous pumpkins with bowls of gum balls, licorice wheels, saltwater taffy, and other devilishly delicious treats.

Here's how: To make a sign template, choose a fun font from your computer (or mix several), enlarge (try 550 to 600 point size), print, and cut out. Peel backing from one side of double-side adhesive sheets and attach to card stock. Cut strips of black-and-white fabric and place on the reverse side of the adhesive sheets. Place a letter cutout on the fabric-covered card stock. Trace and cut out the letter. Repeat process for each letter. Glue small loops of velvet ribbon onto the back of each letter. Thread a long piece of velvet ribbon through the loops and hang above a table or doorway. For silver pumpkins, use several coats of metallic floral spray until completely covered.

Assorted black and white candy,; assorted fabrics,; Therm O Web PeelnStick double-sided adhesive sheets,, from $3; Fiskars micro-tip scissors,, $10.50; Beacon 3-in-1 craft glue, for info; Design Master matte-finish floral spray, for info; Krylon satin-finish spray paint, for info.

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