Decorating for Halloween can be a lot of fun, but it can also be very expensive. If you want to decorate your home for the holidays, but don't want to spend a fortune on the décor, consider creating your own. The following guide walks you through the process of creating curtains that look like they are covered in bloody handprints.
Choose the Curtains
The first thing you want to do is choose the curtains that you want to use for the project. It is best to use a light, flowy style of curtain because it will show the red handprints well. Be sure to choose curtains that are long enough to cover your entire window from top to bottom to create a finished look. Visit Cover Up Designs if you're looking for curtains.
Wash the Curtains
Next, you want to be sure to wash the curtains before you start to add the handprints. This will open the fibers of the curtain so that the dye sets better. Allow the curtain to air dry when you are finished.
Tape down the Curtain
You need to be sure that the curtain is as flat as it can be when creating the handprints. Lay the curtain on a piece of cardboard and pull it taut over the edges. Tape it into place so that it will stay smooth and flat when you go to add the handprints.
Create the Handprints
Mix red ten tablespoons of red fabric dye with a teaspoon of brown dye. This will make the red a little bit darker so that it better simulates the look of blood. Pour the mixture into a small casserole dish and then dip your hand into the dish. Allow the excess dye to drip from your hand and then press the print onto the curtain. Start at the heel of your palm and gently roll your hand toward your fingertips pulling up and away from the curtain as you roll. This will create a smooth, even print. Repeat the process until you have covered that section with prints. Once the prints have dried, you can remove the tape and move the cardboard to the next section you want to add the handprints to.
Once you have finished adding the handprints, you need to remove the dye from your hand right away. Pour rubbing alcohol over your hand and scrub it with a sponge. You then need to mix some dish soap with baking soda in equal portions to make a paste to scrub away any leftover dye. Allow the handprints to dry overnight and then hang the curtain the way you normally do.