While browsing a library shelf last year, I
came across this colorful book, Artful
Halloween: 31 Frightfully Elegant Projects by Susan Wasinger.I was struck by how simple and elegant most
of the projects were, and was instantly inspired to start decorating.I could wholeheartedly agree with the author’s
desire to avoid cheap plastic decorations, and instead opt for stylized
creations that are beautiful and fit within the ambiance of her home.
Wasinger begins by setting the mood with a
brief introduction to Halloween traditions.She continues by explaining some of the tools, materials and techniques
you’ll need, although these are relatively basic and even the most inexperienced
crafters should find success.
Alchemist’s Book Garland, and All Eyes on You Magnets give the most bang, and are among the easier
projects you’ll find.Find some large,
clear jars and the Disembodied Hand-in-Glove
will evoke scenes from vintage horror movies.The simply stenciled muslin napkins can replace garish orange napkins
when snacking on donuts and cider.You’ll
need pumpkins of course, and if you display some that are painted and decked
out in studs, swag, or flowers, they will draw lots of attention.