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Goodwill Home Décor Expert - Merri Cvetan

Merri Cvetan

My weekly column for Amazing Goodwill and my design blog, Design Coach, are about all things design, living a stylish life and entertaining (like setting a great table). I share DIY projects, decorating and design tips, as well as ideas and secrets.

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Spooky Night

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Oct 30, 2015 10:16:07 AM

When I was a kid, the best part of Halloween was trick-or-treating in the dark. I’m so glad neighborhoods have gone back to celebrating Halloween on the actual day and at night. That’s half the fun! If you expect little goblins and witches to ring your doorbell, be sure to welcome them with a scary light, or two.

These two lamp projects are quick, easy and inexpensive.

The skeleton lamp started as an outdoor wall sconce. The finish was practically worn off, giving it the perfect patina. I removed the back plate and added it to the bottom so the lantern could stand-up. If the lamp you find isn’t distressed enough, sand off some of the old finish and spray it with gray or silver paint.

I cut a hole in the bottom of a plastic skeleton head so I could insert a mini flashlight. This provides instant light without using any electricity or candles. 

The bloody lamp started as a cute little bedroom lamp. It’s a colonial reproduction.

This project is even easier. I simply dripped red craft paint on the outside of the shade straight out of the bottle. Allow it to dry completely before replacing the shade. Add a low-wattage candelabra bulb and position a mask at the base. Fast, simple and scary! The perfect Halloween project!

Topics: Halloween decorating, Halloween decor, Merri Cvetan, Halloween DIY projects

  • Skelton Lantern
    The skeleton lamp started as an outdoor wall sconce.
  • Skeleton Lantern
    The skeleton lamp started as an outdoor wall sconce. The finish was practically worn off, giving it the perfect patina.
  • Skeleton Lantern
    I removed the back plate and added it to the bottom so the lantern could stand-up. If the lamp you find isn’t distressed enough, sand off some of the old finish and spray it with gray or silver paint.
  • Skeleton Lantern

    I cut a hole in the bottom of a plastic skeleton head so I could insert a mini flashlight. This provides instant light without using any electricity or candles.

  • Bloody Lamp

    The bloody lamp started as a cute little bedroom lamp. It’s a colonial reproduction.

  • Bloody Lamp
    This project is even easier. I simply dripped red craft paint on the outside of the shade straight out of the bottle. Allow it to dry completely before replacing the shade.
  • Bloody Lamp

    Add a low-wattage candelabra bulb and position a mask at the base. Fast, simple and scary! The perfect Halloween project!