More Creepy Crafts!

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So simple but adds a lot of drama!

Do a google image search for ‘antique book spines’ and look for large images with either faint or no watermarks.

Copy image and paste onto a word or publisher doc to size to fit as much as an 8.5×11 page as possible. DVDs are about 7.5 inches tall.

Print on cardstock and cut around the edges. You could even color in the edges with sharpie if you had dark cabinets or are having a dimly lit event.

Then simply tape onto your dvds!

If you have a few real antique books you could lay those in front or put a few battery powered tealights in there. Be creative and enjoy! Queue Monster Mash or Early Jazz Radio on Pandora!

How to Light a Paper Lantern

Budget friendly and easy. That’s how I like to plan most of my events. I get a lot of my decorations with coupons, on clearance, from dollar stores and from Christmas Tree Shops. I’ve gotten quite a few paper lanterns lately and had a heck of a time trying to figure out how to light a number of them inexpensively. I lucked out one time and got lantern lights for $3 at Goodwill! If you buy in advance, you may be able to get a pretty good deal on ebay, newegg or other online shops (keep shipping costs and time in mind).

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For my paper lanterns, I got them for $1 each at Christmas Tree Shops.¬†They do have battery operated ones but the batteries weren’t included. They had some flameless tealights on sale so I got 5 boxes of those. The last time I used them, I tied string to the fake flame, then tied the other end to the metal frame of the lantern. It worked but it was a pain trying to turn all of them on when it got dark. After fiddling with a tealight for a while yesterday, I found that the fake little plastic flame pops right off! Now we have just a bulb and doesn’t look like an upside down candle. I used yellow yarn in the pictures but a tighter weave neutral string would work best. Here is how it looks:

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Careful taking the cover off – the batteries slip out really easy!

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I tied a loose knot first then slid onto the metal hook to tighten.

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Nice bulb look and doesn’t look like an upside down fake flame.

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A very accessible on switch.

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