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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Crepe Paper Halloween, Back to Basics


A number of years ago, My friend, vintage Halloween collector Bruce Elsass, shared his Halloween decor books from the 1920's with me.  Looking through these books I was blown away by the creativity of earlier days. I decided crepe paper needed a revival.

With Crepe paper in mind I designed numerous Halloween projects betwen 2011 and 2013 for Good Housekeeping and Country Living magazine,  like this candy bowl elf.  Using a round piñata as a form underneath, I made this lively creature and his hat from crepe paper rolls and folds.  Remove the hat to find the treats inside!
Then, with simple rolls of crepe paper creativley cut, I made shaped ribbons, and festooned doilys to make a fantastic table skirt to show off the candy bowl elf!  Double sided tape works wonders.



The mantle is an obvious place to play out some Halloween drama. Using Black crepe paper folds ( 2 packages for a bow this big), I fashioned a stylish funeralesque black bow.
It was time to rethink ways to hang crepe paper over the party table.  I taped the crepe paper swags to 2 long lattice strips adhered to the ceiling with sticky back velcro squares.  Gravestone slipcovers: roll of gray crepe paper, cut to chair back shape.  Staple sides and use a wide mouth magic marker for the tombstone engravings.
This adorable witches hat was taken right from the pages of a 1920's Halloween manuel. A fun new centerpiece that takes your purchased black witch hat to a new height.  Tape shredded crepe paper to inside of hat.  Use rolls of orange over a black table cloth to create a criss cross table runner.

You can buy crepe paper rolls and folds at any party store and also find larger rolls in different weights, and bigger quantities online. 

With weeks ahead to plan your Halloween event you might want to include some good old fshioned crepe paper ideas in your festivities.

All photography by Michael Partenio, projects designed amd styled by Karin Lidbeck for Good Housekeeping and Country Living magazines.

33 comments:

  1. I LOVE decorating for Halloween, such great ideas

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  2. Wow! Wonderful ideas. I love how it looked. Great decors! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. What lovely designs you have! You're crafty. I love the orange and black combination. Great job!

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  4. Thanks so much for sharing! You have an amazing talent. I love antique Halloween decorations and can't wait to marry your ideas with my collection this Fall! On a completely unrelated topic, do you happen to know what brand and color paint is on the walls, in your mantle photo? It's the perfect yellow I'be been looking for!

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  5. Thanks so much for sharing! You have an amazing talent. I love antique Halloween decorations and can't wait to marry your ideas with my collection this Fall! On a completely unrelated topic, do you happen to know what brand and color paint is on the walls, in your mantle photo? It's the perfect yellow I'be been looking for!

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  6. Thanks so much for sharing! You have an amazing talent. I love antique Halloween decorations and can't wait to marry your ideas with my collection this Fall! On a completely unrelated topic, do you happen to know what brand and color paint is on the walls, in your mantle photo? It's the perfect yellow I'be been looking for!

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  7. Where did you find crepe paper that wide to make the bow on the mantel? I love it!

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    1. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01F5VIOGK/ref=twister_B01F64YQTK?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

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  8. Ditto as Rhonda! I want that bow! Where do I find crepe paper that wide?

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  9. Yes, how did you make that bow!! Love it!

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  10. How did you attach the branch to the frame that is on the mantle?

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    1. The branch is on its own stand in front of the frame. I've seen them at Michael's and Party City

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  11. I still don't see as answer on the wide crepe paper! In love! Don't have a mantle but i have stairs with a railing that wouldbe perfect for that bow!

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  12. Where did you get those stamps? What an incredible idea for how to jazz up a roll of crepe paper!

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    1. I found the cat stamp on eBay by entering “Halloween at stamp.” But it’s a tiny stamp selling for $20!

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  13. Perfect inspiration :) and what attention to detail! I admire and congratulate.

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  14. Please do a tutorial on this bow! I've wanted to do it for years, but I can't seem to get it right.

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  16. Wow, wow, wow. Those tombstone chairbacks...that bow, and everything else!

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  17. Looks like I’m late to this party but where did you find the cat stamp? It’s delightful!

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  19. So i'm in love with the big black crepe paper bow tie on your mantle. I ordered some hardy black crepe paper rolls (2), but am officially befuddled as to how to even go about getting a bow like yours. I have ideas (e.g., figure out the width of my bow [landed on 2.5 ft], roll the paper crepe over itself at that length a few times....and somehow pinch it and wrap a piece around the middle to finish the bow)...scared to do the pinching bit. Any help would be awesome!

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