A friend of mine dropped off her copy of Country
Living Magazine to me last week.
It is jam packed with so much goodness that I feel compelled to share.
I don't subscribe to many magazines these days
and thought that many of you probably don't
either, so get ready for some poisonously pretty DIY Halloween decorating and entertaining ideas courtesy of Country Living Magazine.
That Beguiling Glove
Cast a few dark shadows with these glamorous candles. Just cut a length of lace, lay it on a paper plate, and brush on nontoxic, black tempura paint. Roll a pillar, taper, or votive across the trim to pick up the pattern.
Just as Charlotte's webs attracted admirers, so too will these delicate displays.
Using tape or tacks, secure vintage doilies to the open backs of black frames.
Part cobweb, part creeping vine, the effect of black lace on painted pumpkins is thoroughly macabre. Begin by painting pumpkins green blue. Once they're dry, use this photo as a guide to cut out pieces of lace; brush matte Mod Podge onto the back sides, and adhere to your pumpkins.
Serve a few bone chilling cocktails with the help of apothecary inspired labels and red poison stickers. Download the free PDF's at countryliving.com/poison, then print on sticker paper. To conjure up a hauntingly gorgeous mirror like the one behind the bar, adhere a piece of lace fabric to the glass with repositionable spray adhesive, then apply Krylon's Frosted Glass Finish in Pearl Gray. Wait 15 minutes before peeling off the cloth.
The secret to this inviting witch's brew is gin, vermouth, and a couple of drops of green food coloring.
Tarting up these desserts is frighteningly simple.
To decorate brownies, lay a swatch of lace on one of these treats.
Sift confectioners' sugar over the top, then carefully remove the lace; repeat for the remaining brownies.
For the "poison" cookies, frost sugar cookies with white royal icing, allowing it to set overnight. Next, put a small amount of black gel paste in a shallow dish, and lay two stacked paper towels atop the gel paste. Press a skull-and-crossbones rubber stamp onto the towels and then onto one iced cookie; repeat the process for the entire batch.