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"I'm having a few friends over for Halloween this year – do any good ideas how I can decorate inexpensively?" Katherine Heart, via email
At Halloween who can resist stepping outside their usual persona and letting their hair down to have some hair-raising thrills. We love it – it’s a great excuse to have some innocent fun and get crafting!
Everyone loves pumpkins, with their carved silhouette designs and eerie golden glow in the autumn gloom. Currently we’re favouring a design created using an electric drill to pierce the flesh for a dotty starry design; use different sized drill bits to vary the size of the holes cut. If you’re feeling very thrifty, convert the pumpkin flesh into soup after the celebrations.
When you’re dressing up your spooky Halloween space, the challenge is to get creative with what you have and improvise. Make the table the focal point of your celebration; set the mood by dying an old white sheet either black or orange with Dylon. Layer your table up starting with the dyed tablecloth, then scrunched black netting and oversized novelty spiders nestling in drifts of vivid autumn leaves.
Add dramatic black candles from Tiger to a candelabra, draw jack o’ lantern faces with black felt pen on orange party balloons, tie in clusters and hang from the ceiling. Stuff striped tights to make leg shapes and put red shoes on the feet, then have the stuffed legs protruding from under a piece of furniture and, hey presto, you’ve got your squashed Wicked Wild Witch of the West!
[Photo: Hardie Grant, £20; photography, Helen Cathcart]
Make a statement centerpiece for your table, edible is always best, you can find all the help and inspiration you need to bake a Day of the Dead cake in Juliet Sear's very informative Cakeology.
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