Monday, October 17, 2011

Simple and spooky centerpiece

Posted by Dawn Dalton on 8:25 AM

My hubby scored a great tablecloth at Wal-Mart yesterday.

The picture doesn't quite do it justice, but it's black lace dotted with the images of pumpkins, cobwebs, ghosts and bats.

And it goes perfectly with my inexpensive, but uber cute, bat placemats.

Most of the time, the home of my Beta fish, Chaucer, has created the centrepiece for our dining room table. But despite a Halloween ribbon and a couple of plastic (shhh) spiders, the bamboo and glass bowl didn't quite have the spooky feel we desired.

So my husband got creative. (Yes, he's very creative when he wants to be...just WAIT until you see what he's drawing for the Most-Wanted Monsters books I'm co-writing with Judith Graves...)

Here's what you'll need:

  • a foam skull, available at most craft stores (though we picked up ours at Save-On Foods - where Halloween stuff is 25% off)
  • A long taper candle
  • A knife
  • Black, grey or white paint

1.  Paint your skull to match your decor. Ours was exactly the color we wanted, but some of the craft skulls come in plain white. The foam absorbs the paint well, but also leaves a "cracked" look, which is a great effect. 

2. Cut a hole in the top of the skull.

3. Insert candle.


Don't worry if wax starts dripping down the side of the skull's head. That all lends to the effect. But do watch the flame. You'll want to blow it out about an inch or two from the top of the skull so he doesn't catch fire.

Two weeks - just 14 sleeps - until Halloween. Now I'm starting to shiver with excitement!

- Dawn


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