Halloween Ideas

Make Ghostly Outdoor Draperies for Halloween

Add a spooky touch to your front porch this Halloween with billowing, tattered draperies made from budget-friendly cheesecloth.

Font
  • A
  • A
  • A

E-mail This Page to Your Friends

x

All fields are required.

Separate multiple e-mail addresses with a comma; Maximum 20 email addresses.

Refresh

Sending E-mail

Sending E-mail

Or Do Not E-mail

Success!

A link to %this page% was e-mailed

Materials Needed:

  • several yards of cheesecloth
  • 1/4"-thick 2x4 poplar strips
  • staple gun and 9/16" staples
  • scissors or utility knife
  • tape measure
  • bucket
  • bags of black tea
  • hot water
  • mitre box and saw

Cut Poplar Strips and Cheesecloth

Use a tape measure to determine each panel's height and width then cut fabric (Image 1). Use a mitre box and saw to cut poplar strips to the same width as fabric (Image 2).

Tea-Stain Fabric

Boil water, then pour into bucket and add bags of black tea. Soak cheesecloth in bucket overnight so its white tone takes on an aged effect (Image 1). Remove cheesecloth from bucket and drape over a bannister, fence or door so it can dry (Image 2).

Hang and Tatter Fabric

Once dry, staple cheesecloth panels to poplar strips (Image 1) then staple poplar to porch's overhang (Image 2). To create a tattered effect, cut random holes with scissors or a utility knife then pull the fabric to create runs (Image 3).

More From Halloween Ideas

Outdoor Halloween Decoration: Flying Bat Wreath

Outdoor Halloween Decoration: Flying Bat Wreath

The Halloween decorating experts at HGTV.com share step-by-step instructions for making a spooky flying bat wreath.

Make a Dead-Branch Centerpiece for Halloween

Make a Dead-Branch Centerpiece for Halloween

The Halloween decorating experts at HGTV.com share step-by-step instructions for making a spooky dead branch centerpiece for...

30 Halloween Kids' Crafts

30 Halloween Kids' Crafts

The Halloween crafting experts at HGTV.com share 30? Halloween crafts that kids of all ages will love making.

(30 photos)
Advertisement

HGTV Inspiration Newsletter

Create your unique, personal style with advice and inspiration from HGTV.