It's that time of year when ghouls and ghosts start coming out of the woodwork — or the lampshade, in this case. Here is a fun, easy DIY craft to get you in the Halloween spirit. With just black paper, tape and a craft knife, you can turn an ordinary lampshade into a spooky Halloween decoration!
Things You'll Need
Black construction paper
Two printed copies of a Halloween template
4-6 paper clips
Attach Spooky Template to Construction Paper
Begin by attaching one of your two printed Halloween templates to the black construction paper using paper clips. You can go traditional, with a spiderweb, ghost, skeleton or demon. If you're feeling a little Victorian, go for a Frankenstein's monster template for some gothic decor. For movie buffs, choose your favorite horror movie characters to haunt your bedroom table lamps.
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Cut Out Your Shapes
Using a cutting knife and a cutting mat, cut out the template shapes, beginning with the smallest shapes first. You can use scissors for the larger shapes.
Use Extra Halloween Template for Cutouts
Use the second copy of the template so you remember where all of the parts go when you start placing the cutouts on the lampshade.
Apply Double-Sided Tape
Put a few pieces of double-sided tape on the front side of your cutouts. Make sure to tape down the corners and tight edges.
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Place Face Inside Lampshade
Stick the cutouts on the inside of a white or light-colored lampshade. You can temporarily tape the template to the outside of the lampshade to get the shapes in the exact spot to form the face. Just make sure your own creepy Halloween decor doesn't scare you away before it's all finished.
Placement is key, so consider whether you want these spooky companions on your floor lamps, table lamps, ceiling lamps — you get the picture. It's time for your interior designer to shine!
Spooky interior design hack
For additional unique lighting around the house, try draping some fake cobwebs from a chandelier or ceiling lamp shade.