Aug 29, 2012

Halloween Ghost Night Lights with Silicone Bulbs

 

I had fun making these Halloween Night Lights the other night, so thought I'd share them today.

If you aren't familiar with the Grubby bulb silicone recipe,   
within this blog.

But for the quick version, I took some clear silicone (the higher priced one, not the white caulk kind) and mixed in some cinnamon spice in a throw away bowl.




Just mix it until it's a nice smooth brown color. No real recipe here. Just play around with it. It should look something like this:

Then I took the little candles, one by one, and hand dipped each flame. I just stuck it in, twirled it once and pulled it straight out, in an upward motion. Kinda fast, so that it gives a nice tip to the flame.
After letting dry for a while, outside, hanging by a string they were ready to fix up.

I took some black craft paint and just dotted on the eyes and mouth. And painted the base.
On a few of the bases, I grubbied them up by first painting on Elmers glue and then sprinkling on cinnamon and letting it dry. It give it a good grubby texture. Then I painted over it all black.
And tied on a strip of homespun fabric and attached an orange button.

 Notice the light on the right has the grubby texture on the base and the
one on the left is just painted black.
 I think I like the grubbied up base more. What about you?


That was it!
They would be a great addition to the Halloween theme around your home. The soft glow when turned on adds a perfect spooky touch.

And remember, without adding the faces, these would make great, everyday primitive night lights also!

Price: only $3.59 each
in my Booth#555 and available in my CraftBooth555 on eBay

Here they are in a black candle box getting all ready for sale:
 Just ignore the mess around it, this is in my craft room.

I made a sign to stand up in the tray, after an idea from Maggie over at EyeballsbydayCraftsbynight.

 It just says a little bit about how I made them and that they are a handmade item and such.
I cut it out of a regular piece of computer paper and glued it to a wooden finial I had. It made a great base. And I can easily change it out.  I think the little signs grab a lot of attention.

And if you look close to the left in the tray, you can see some little snowman silicone bulbs I also gave a try:

I just added more cinnamon to the silicone bulb mix and painted on a snowman face.

Check out:
 GRUBBY SILICONE BULB RECIPE

Please be careful when working with anything that will come in contact with electric.


 Happy Crafting Ya'll!
See ya' next time!
~Lisa

Aug 28, 2012

Primitive COUNTRY Easter Eggs


Here's some country eggs I made that would be great to display at Easter or anytime throughout the year.

They started out as plain ole' plastic crafting eggs.  I order them in huge bags like this.

Here they are out of the bag:

They are just plain, lightweight, plastic eggs. They do not come apart like Easter eggs do.  But if you have them on hand, I'm sure they will work fine too.

These take a little more time than I thought they would, but in the end they are so worth it. 
You basically have to handle each one, and paint them, one side at a time.
Some I used the crackle effect with Elmers glue to give them a different look. So that was extra messy.

Some I wrapped in twine or fabric and hot glued buttons on them.

They look awesome in an old bowl or crock, displayed in a kitchen or dinning room also.

Some are hand painted by me, then dipped in a smell good, waxy country mixture of cinnamon and the others are fabric wrapped (which takes a bit of time.)








These have became a  best seller in my Booth #555. Since I first posted this article, I have had to increase their price slightly from $1.49 to $2.49. I figured after the time I spent one on one with each egg it was worth it. lol. Still a bargain, I think. 

Update: 
Please check out my  Primitive Grungy Easter Egg Theme

See ya'll next time,
~Lisa

WOOD SIGNS

I've been having lots of fun making these new wall signs mainly from plain ole' leftover 1x4's and such. Some larger, a few smaller.
Here's some of my latest that are now in my Peddlers Mall booth #555:


Price: Range from $3.00- $9.99 for the largest

Today, well and past few days, I've been cutting and making some simple wall signs to sale in my booth. They are a great seller.

Here's a few that I  did that say, "Simplify." 

First I painted a base coat of whatever color. I usually use a burnt umber, colonial green or nutmeg. Those are my favs! Then I stencil on the saying and or stars with an off white or antique white.

Then, here's where I call it my "secret effect." I take a rough grain sandpaper and sand over the entire board, wording, stars and all. 

It kinda roughs it up and makes it look older and worn. Just the way I like it. And I am also rough on all the edges.

And lastly, I use a stain that has a sealer in it.


I rub some on with an old rag, wait a minute and wipe it all off. And repeat if it doesn't look old and aged enough.

 
Here are a bunch of different sayings that I made all from stencils that I bought off from eBay.





Then I finish it all up by adding a hanger on the back. I get those in packs at the Dollar Store for $1.50.


And that's that!
 On the one in the middle below, I was experimenting with using different colors. Not sure I like the blue so much. On the same one, also, I used the glue to make a crackly look, but the pic is not showing it so well.


My favorite of the ones below is the "Pumpkins" signs below.

Probably because it's right around the corner and I just decorated our home yesterday.
I'm so in the Halloween mood!

Here's how those came about.

Some of them I left plain and then stenciled on the PUMPKINS wording in cinnamon orange.
And to mix and match some others up, I first painted the board a cinnamon orange and then stenciled on the PUMPKINS wording in various off whites.



Let the paints dry and then come back with some rough grade sandpaper and scuff up all the edges a bit.


And then just finish up by adding a sawtooth hanger on the backs.
I find these at the Dollar General in the tools section for a dollar or so.


And here they are again:


 Happy Crafting Ya'll!
Until next time,
~Lisa

Aug 25, 2012

HALLOWEEN GHOST CANDLES

Easy Halloween Ghost Candles 
Here's my little ghost candles.


 I bought a pack of 24 votive sized candles at the local Big Lots for around $6.00. And that's not really a high price for so many.

 But when I buy them to make and resale them at my booth, every penny counts.

I just used some black craft paint, painted on the faces.


 And then dipped them down into a white, melted candle.  The quick dip seals up the faces and protects them from scratches.

To let them dry, just sit them down on a sheet of wax paper.
And once they are dried, here is how I package them up.
I just put each one down into a little baggie of the appropriate size and staple a piece of brown paper on the top.
Then I add a price tag that I print out of those little sheets of return address labels.

Here's a pic with some pumpkin face ones too.

A POST ON THE PUMPKIN THEMED ONES ARE HERE

Sometimes I add a little tag that says Happy Halloween or so with a little piece of homespun fabric.
But I couldn't remember where I got those little tags, so I decided to leave them off the ones I was going to sell, and only use them on the ones I give away. Just in case they were copyrighted tags.


Great for your Halloween table displays!


(Note: these are not just painted on faces, they are set in wax)


More Halloween Candles


Cost: only $1.00 each
also available while supplies last in my ebay store:
CraftBooth555
 

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