Simple Angel Wings – Easy To Make from Crepe Paper

Simple Angel Wings to Make
These easy-to-make Angel Wings are great for school plays, Halloween costumes, even dress-up.
They could also be used as butterfly wings, fairy wings, bug wings.

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  • Verybest Crepe, 1 fold No. 100 White;
  • 1 pc. No. 7 Flower Wire;
  • paste;
  • 1 pc. 1/2″ white Gift tyying Ribbon.

Easy Angel Wings to Make two 18″ pieces of wire with 1/2″  wide strips of crepe paper.  (see Tips for Cutting Crepe Paper)

Cut crepe paper 19″ wide, 24″ long.

Paste one wrapped wire to each 19″ edge. Fold edge over 1/2″ and paste, arranging so that the paper extends 1/2″  beyond the wire at both ends.

Fold in 1/2″ accordion pleats. Fasten at middle with thread, Fig. F. While still in tight
pleats, cut ends in semicircle, Fig. F. Cover center fastening with a narrow wrapping of crepe paper.

Sew ribbons to center in crossed position so that they may be brought over shoulders, under arms, crossed in front and tied at back.

Bend wires at center so that wings will open into correct position.

Would you like to make fancier wings? Then check out: How to Make Feather-Like Angel Wings.

Feather-Like Angel Wings

How to Make Feather-Like Angel Wings

Make Feather Like Angel Wings

  • Making Feather Wings

    Feather wings, such as Cupid wings and angel wings, are made on a founda­tion of wire bent in the correct shape, or if they are quite large, the foundation is made of cardboard reinforced with wire. When cardboard is used, cut inthe desired shape and then cut out the center, leaving a narrow frame. A wire, shaped to follow the outline of the wing, is fastened to it with tabs of gummed cloth tape (illus. No.1). After the wires are attached, cover the frame smoothly on both sides with crepe paper.

    make-feather-wings“Feathers” made of rows of pointed petals are pasted to the foundation. The wings are made separately, each one having an extension that bends back and fastens to the other. The wings are sewed to the back of the costume. Large wings, in addition to being sewed, are often tied with narrow ribbons across the chest.

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1935 Halloween Parties Magazine from Dennison

1935 Halloween Parties Magazine Dennison 1935-halloween-parties-magazine-from-dennisonAbout this magazine: When Dennison stopped making it’s famous “Bogie Books”, it started it’s Hallowe’en Parties Magazine.  Similar to the Bogie Books, it contains all sorts of  ideas for Halloween – decorations, games, invitations…etc.

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Table of Contents:

A Hocus-Pocus Party  – 4

The Black Cat Rupus – 5

Spooky Spots for Hallowe’en – 6

Witching Corners – 7

Hallowe’en Capers – 8

Games for Large Groups – 9

Games and Stunts – 10

Off to the Masquarade – 11

Ghosts and Goblins Flutter and Moan at the Club – 12,13

Table a la Hallowe’en – 14

Bridge Table Mysteries – 15

Presto! Favors – 16

Bewitching Banquets – 17

The Children Celebrate – 18

Games for the “So Big” – 19

Rollicking Ghosts – 20

Party Hits for Autmn Days – 21

Finishing Touches – 22

Forttunes – 23

Dennison’s Hallowe’en Party Accessories – 24

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Devil May Care Dance for Halloween

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From decoration ideas for creating “Satan’s Lair” to a very creepy walk on “Satan’s Trail” – this “Devil May Care” Dance will definitely be scary! Enjoy this Vintage Hallowe’en Idea…

Adopt a “Devil May Care” attitude about your Hallowe’en Dance! For all you know, he may. Judging from the appear­ance of the hall, he does!

Right from the pages of Dante1 comes the inspiration for this hall trim! There are thrills and chills in store for all who enter here!

To turn your hall into Satan’s lair, you will need the following material; (Quantities will depend on the size of your hall.) Flameproof Crepe Paper in the following colors: Black, Yellow, Amber, Orange, Medium Pink, Flame and National Red, Gray, White and Stone-Wall; Black streamers; black mat stock; white poster paint; medium weight wire; India ink; paste and tacks or a staple gun.
Make all cut outs ( smoke, rocks, bones, Satan, etc.) before you decorate the hall, so they will be ready to put in place at the last minute.

Cut charred trees, “horrible heads”, bats and rocks from black mat stock,using scale patterns at end.

Cut ghosts (scale pattern at end) from White Crepe Paper and paint in feat­ures with India ink.

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Cut smoke clouds (scale pattern at end) from Yellow, Pink and Gray Crepe Paper.  Cut each Smoke cloud as in Fig. A. Paint   “QUIVER  ! QUAKE.”‘ with white poster paint on a strip of black mat stock to go over main entrance.

Wind long strips of wire around a broom stick to make coils that appear in doorway (Fig. B). When you trim the hall, stretch wires out, leav­ing wide coils as shown in Illustration. Tack wires at top to doorway 1 and at bottom to floor.

When you arrive at the hall for the actual business of putting up the trim, step ladders, staple guns (or masking tape), paste and pins will become part of your equipment. NOTE – If you cannot use tacks or staples on the walls, test it for masking tape before you start. Masking tape will not adhere on all surfaces. If this is the ease, you will have to eliminate the background and depend on cut-outs for your decorations.

figures-c-d-e copyUse 10″ wide strips of FLAMEPROOF Crepe Paper for the entire background. Starting at the top of the wall (7 or 8 feet from the floor), tack or staple as in Fig. C or fasten with masking tape as in Fig. D, strips of Stone-Wall Crepe around the wall.

Unfold and stretch fully, strips of Yellow Crepe Paper. Refold them to a 20″ width, and cut an irregular border across the top as in Fig. E. Overlap Stone-Wall strip to depth of border and fasten to wall as you did Stone-Wall strips.

Stretch each successive strip the same way and tack on at slightly varying angles, overlapping each strip Just a bit. Continue colors in this order; Amber, Orange, Medium Pink, Flame Red, ending in National Red. The last strip should come close to the floor.

Paste or pin cut-outs to the walls,    using    Illustrations    as    your guide.

Unroll and crush Black streamers, then drape them like withered vines, across the top of the stone wall. Loop smoke clouds out and pin or paste them tn bottom of wall along floor. Vary colors and arrange as in Illustration.

Satan, sitting on a rock in the corner, can be either the M.C. for the evening, dressed in character, or a stuffed effigy of the “Old Boy” himself; For a likeness, stuff a suit of long underwear with newspapers. Wire it so it will hold a realistic, position. Stretch and crush large sections of Red Crepe Paper and paste them over entire figure, to cover it completely. For head -stuff a paper bag and cover it with Red Crepe Paper. Cut features from Black and White Crepe Paper and paste in place. Wind wires with Black Crepe Paper and insert in head for horns. Satan’s cape is made from Black Crepe Paper. His fork is a real one.

The skull can be made just the same as the Devil’s head, substituting White Crepe Paper for Red. Wind chin in with a narrow band of crepe paper to make it narrow.

Long claw-like hand and bones are made of wires covered with White Crepe Paper and shaped as desired.

Dancing will supply most of the evening’s entertainment, but it does seem a shame not to have a genuine Horror Trail sometime during the evening when the setting is so perfect for it!


The following may start you off on the right trail:

If Satan is your M.C ., he will read the following lines, through an ampli­fier as the guests travel a prearranged trail. It is better to let them go in groups, several at one time. Be sure to blindfold each guest securely before the Journey starts. Suggestions for the trail will follow the story.

King Satan sat upon his throne Surrounded by flaming fires, His friends in fury danced about To watch the fate of liars!

Lo, you trembling wraiths, come forth His judgment to receive, Although you plead both long and hard There will be no reprieve.

Come, harken to his court the while By chance we may ascend Some other wayward soul to meet And warn them of this end.

His voice, metallic in its tone Our fearful ears accost, “Go forth, my bidding must be done, Or you will all be lost!

Walk barefoot through the haunted wood, On to the River Styx Cross on the damp and slimy stones Up to a wall of bricks.

  • Victims remove shoes. Walk on burlap spread with pine needles. Spray hose over smooth stones. Any brick or concrete wall.

Mount on a beast of burden now Ride high on unmarked trails, The passage is so narrow here That mere man’s footing fails.

  • Plant, covered  with fur mat or old coat.  Two men propel it, stumbling “over narrow trails”.

A nest of snakes on craggy peak Will serve you well to arm Braid them into a wreath to wear To keep you safe from harm.

  • Damp macaroni in rock nest.
  • Victims braid own crown, while still blindfolded.

Wear then your slimy crown – held high As on through no man’s land. There writhing bodies on the ground Will bid you lend a hand.

  • Bags of rags on ground. Someone  clutches  at  victim’s ankles.

Heed not their cries, for now there comes, The fifth and final test.
A Devil’s paint brush by a well, Will let you know the rest;

  • Devil’s paint brush or dried fall asters by bucket of water.

With all the strength that you have left, Blow on this downy head. If all the down blows off – you’re free, If some remains – you’re dead ….

  • A great crashing of thunder, made by shaking a roll of tin.

Satan reads these words through a loud speaker, while guests are in the hall.

When they leave the hall in Verse 5, his voice follows via a loud speaker.


Halloween Party Ideas from the 1920's


Hallowe’en is a splendid time for giving a party. In ancient times huge bonfires were built on the top of hills to proclaim that mystic and sacred rites were being performed by which to ward off evil spirits that were supposed to be on mischief bent on this day. So why not have an outdoor fete with a picnic supper cooked over the coals? A bonfire with fagots (a bundle of sticks, twigs, or branches bound together and used as fuel, a fascine, a torch, etc.) for each to burn during the telling of a ghost story would be one rite to be performed. If this is not practical, the idea could be carried out around an open fireplace nerves a gas log its an apartment.

Of course, Jack o’Lanterns are the decoration most appropriate, and made of real pumpkins they are a never failing delight. If the real article is too costly, very good substitutes rnay be found at the favor counter. Candles make the best light and are a very attractive feature placed on mantels, bookcases and wherever they will stand. Vegetable candlesticks should be used. Carrot, turnips, potatoes and tiny squash lend themselves for this purpose and make delightful spots of color. The guests may pop corn, or large bowls filled with it ready popped may be placed on tables conveniently placed, with baskets of apples and chestnuts for roasting. For a party consisting of just twelve guests one hostess prepared twelve little sacks of yellow satin tied with black ribbon, since yellow and black have long been the favorite colors for Hallowe’en.

…yellow and black have long been the favorite colors for Hallowe’en.

Inside each bag was a strip of paper bearing an individual charm for each guest. They were told that the bags had been blessed by Titania, queen of the fairies, and her blessing would serve to keep off the witches for a year. I am printing these charmed talismans for you as they may be written and concealed in a mystery cake if you wish to use them that way:

  • “Keep this charm next your heart; it will bring you a friend in need.”
  • “This charm in your right shoe morn, will help your troubles to be borne.”
  • “Kept in your left-hand pocket, this charm will bring surprises.”
  • ‘”Hidden in your favorite book, pleasant memories around will look.”
  • “Gaze on this charm in the morning, it will bring you much adoring.”
  • “Worn in your glove this token, will bring words kindly spoken.”
  • “Toss this charm around you three times, it will ensure good luck.”
  • “This charm held to your eyes, will reveal only sunny skies.”
  • “Seven nights held to your ears, ’twill insure you length of years.”
  • “Placed on the back of your left hand, ’twill summon all the fairy band.”
  • “Bind this charm on the first oak you see, and you will happily wedded be.”
  • “Carry this charm in your purse and it will never be empty.”

That everybody who attends a Hallowe’en party should be en masque goes almost without saying. While the art of applying colors to the face to form subtle lines of light and shade or to disguise the features by bringing out this characteristic or lessening that is known and practiced by some, others prefer quicker and less troublesome methods of keeping their identity a secret. For these the knocked-out tooth and the putty nose offer the easiest way out.

“Knocking out” one or more teeth, as the process is technically known, is very easy indeed. Black court-plaster is cut to a size to cover the tooth to be removed, applied—and the trick is done. Plastic putty may be used to  build out the nose and false lashes may be bought and fastened on to change the look of the eyes.

Crepe paper can be used as the basis for a large number of costumes, such as the rose, carrot, butterfly, Jack Frost, gypsies, colonial girl, patriotic characters and various animals or flowers. The crepe paper can be obtained at slight expense in all colors and can be used with any pattern made for cloth; special patterns for crepe-paper costumes can also be obtained, with full directions and with suggestions for color combinations.


Make a Gourd Jack o' Lantern for Halloween


Gourd Jack-O-Lantern Light #halloweencraftThis is from the 1950’s…

Traditional jack-o-lanterns made from hollowed pumpkins lack the durability and portability so much desired by Halloween pranksters.  A good substitute that fills all the practical requirements can be made from a large gourd of the necked variety.

The gourd selected should be properly dried and coated with shellac or orange-colored enamel.  Cut eyes, nose and mouth in the appropriate design, then cut off the neck of the gourd at a point just below the bulbous end.

Fit the lens of a large flash-light into the opening, trimming or padding the opening as required to obtain a snug fit. The flashlight is held securely in place with several turns of cellulose tape.

What other crafts could this inspire? A string of gourd ‘heads’ lit with LED bulbs, perhaps?

Children’s Halloween Costumes from the 1920’s

Here’s some vintage inspiration for your little one’s Halloween Costume:

“Merry Revellers

“Here’s a gay bevy of Carnival Folk – Oranges and Lemons in tarlatan skirts and black gold-laced bodice – the White Rabbit of Alice in Wonderland fame, in a home-made brushed wool or animal plush costume. The Butterfly wears a little pleated under-dress of sulphur yellow tulle with gauzy wings, daubed with orange and brown paint.  True to tradition, the little Red Witch flaunts a bold blak cat on her scarlet head-dress, which matches her sateen frock.  The fluffy Chick is just a mass of muslin frills, with fluffy wool cap.  Dress the Candlestick in bright green with candle head-dress and wool “light”. “

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Merry Revellers Children's Costumes for Halloween

Halloween Party Decorating Ideas from 1919

Vintage Halloween Decorating Ideas from 1919 found at www.VintageInfo.netFor the decoration of the table a Japanese umbrella is used as a foundation for the hanging centerpiece. The funny-faced lanterns are glass fish globes, and tiny red or blue light bulbs could be dropped into them. The place-card people have fortunes fastened to their backs.

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