Fright Lights

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By Recycled Crafts Contributor, Anitra from the blog “Coffee Pot People”.  

Halloween, that great excuse for scaring ourselves silly, is almost here, and part of the fun is decorating for it. I love eerie lighting, including, of course, Jack o’ Lanterns, but they aren’t the only fright light in town.

Here’s how to make the creepy candle holder shown above:

Start with a glass jar; quart size is good. Take a length of window screen material that is three times as wide as your jar is tall, and long enough to go around the jar two or three times. Fold the material in half lengthwise, and then roll it around the jar, scrunching it up as you go. Don’t worry about getting the gathers even at this point. The next thing you’re going to do is tie a ribbon around the jar, to hold the window screening in place. I had some that was very loosely woven of fine straw, but satin or grosgrain would work as well, in any color you choose.

After you’ve tied the ribbon nice and tight you can mess with those gathers, and even them out. The screening should be even with the bottom of the jar, and extend at the top. Furl and arrange that top part.

Now take a large plastic spider, and tie it to the knot of your ribbon.

Drop a tea light, either a wax candle or one of the little electric ones, into the bottom of the jar. Light it, and place it where it will show up—in a dim corner, or lighting the way up your front walk or porch.

Enjoy the compliments and little screeches.

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About Anitra

Anitra Cameron had the good fortune to be born into a family where creativity ran rampant. Her father has authored several books and worked as a photographer and her mother hand-painted portraits. Anitra’s favorite crafts to make are: Jewelry (especially using buttons), collaged book marks, miniature cake stands, all from recycled materials. Anitra’s moto: “Use it up. Wear it out. Make it do, or do without.” Live with that long enough and you’ll never want to throw anything away, so best to turn it into art! Anitra lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, where their combined family’s total seven children, and (so far) seventeen grandchildren. Recently Anitra became a great-grandmother of a darling little boy! You can find more of Anitra’s work at “Coffee Pot People”.

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