It’s getting closer and closer… Halloween will be here before we know it. I like to put up my Halloween decorations the first of October so we can enjoy them all month long. One of my favorite and a very versatile item to use in your Halloween decor is “Creepy Cloth”.
What is “Creepy Cloth?”
Creepy cloth is a cotton fabric with a very open weave. Because it is cotton, it takes dying it a color very well. The open weave lends itself to the “creepy” feel because the weave can be pulled open even farther at any point to make holes or areas that look like moths or other creepy crawlies have gotten to it over the years.
This makes it perfect as part of your decorations for Halloween. (Photo from my Vintage Halloween Buffet Table featured on The Stylish Buffet Table.)
My Top 5 Creepy Cloth Uses
Here are my top 5 favorite ways to use creepy cloth when decorating the house for Halloween.
- One simple and easy way to “creep” things up is to use creepy cloth as window coverings. Usually, one piece is long enough to make a spooky valance you can drape across a window in the kitchen, dining room, living room, family or bathroom. I have even used it on the small windows that surround my front door to great effect. Swooped, swagged or straight, the cloth adds an eerie feel to any window or even over a doorway.
- Use creepy cloth as an accent to any vignette or grouping. To use it as an accent piece, place your items first and then weave it in and around them. Don’t forget to let the holes and jagged edges show. This is part of the creepy effect!
- Use it as a table cloth or runner. Instead of running it in and around your grouping place it as the base on a small accent table, mantel, in the middle of the dining room table, or on a shelf. Then place your grouping items on top. Again, remember to let the holes and tears of the fabric show to add to the eerie effect.
- Place some creepy cloth over certain pieces of furniture. A living room or dining room chair or a rocker are a great start. Or, if you get the larger piece, drape it over the back of a couch or love seat. Haunted houses always seem to have sheets draped over furniture but with creepy cloth, you get the old, years and years later effect with moth holes and the fabric becoming thread bare.
- My favorite way to use creepy cloth is over a lamp shade. I measure how much I need by draping and looking at how long I want it to be around the edges of the shade. It doesn’t have to completely cover it, just hanging 3/4 of the way down the shade is fine. Then I measure the diameter of the top hole of the shade and cut that out of the middle of the fabric and drape it over the shade. You never want to drape the cloth over the light bulb area, it could get hot enough to ignite.
Styles of Creepy Cloth
There are different colors of creepy cloth available, usually — gray, black and natural (off white). I have used all of them in the past but have a tendency to go toward the off white for some unknown reason. Maybe because it reminds me of spider webbing a bit. Different sizes are also available so make sure you get enough!
Also, you can buy cheese cloth from the paint department as it is the same thing. It will probably only be available in white and off white. Just stretch the fabric so there is more space between the weaving and add some holes or tears for an authentic look.
Have fun with it! Creepy cloth will add to the ambiance no matter if you like scary, not-so-scary or somewhere in between! Take a look at all that is available in the Creepy Cloth category here.