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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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Halloween lanterns
Hallie Burton
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Illuminating Idea

Paper lanterns featuring images of skeletons and skulls cast a bone-chilling glow on a mantel or table.

Here's how: Enlarge clip art of skeletons (see slide 8 for resources), skulls, or bugs to desired size, and print onto vellum sheets. Cut four pieces of heavy black card stock to the desired height and cut "windows" in each piece of the card stock. Trim the vellum printout windows and tape to the back side of the card stock. Punch decorative holes into the top edge of the card stock, if desired. Fold card stock vertically, one fold on each side of the clip art image. Cut another piece of card stock to the same size as the folded piece. Tape it to the folded piece. Place a battery-operated light or votive candle inside each lantern.

Tip: To make a fancy edge around the windows (see skeleton lantern), use an edge puncher on strips of card stock and attach around the edges of the vellum with glue.

Inkjet-compatible vellum paper, dickblick.com, $13; EK Success Parisian decorative-edge punch, scrapbook.com, $13.

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