Ghostly Outdoor Drapes for Halloween

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

These directions call for stapling to a board and even into your siding or roof.  If you are uncomfortable with any of that not to worry. Just adapt it to suit your home or needs. Use velcro strips or fabric glue, a compression rod or clothing line ,and put it right in your doorway or windows. Get creative! It’s Halloween after all!

ghostly drapery

Materials Needed:

  • several yards of cheesecloth
  • 1/4″-thick 2×4 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. Use a mitre box and saw to cut poplar strips to the same width as fabric.ghostly drapery 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. Remove cheesecloth from bucket and drape over a banister, fence or door so it can dry.ghostly drapery 2 tea

Hang and Tatter Fabric
Once dry, staple cheesecloth panels to poplar strips then staple poplar to porch’s overhang. To create a tattered effect, cut random holes with scissors or a utility knife then pull the fabric to create runs.ghostly drapery 3


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