Wednesday, September 5, 2012

DIY HALLOWEEN THEMED Candles


These stemmed my previous post, Ghost Candles
 
Once I got started making ghost faces on the white ones (one below in second pic), I just had so many other ideas for them. Pumpkin faces, cat silhouettes, ghosts in a moon, the list goes on and on so I had to make more.

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

Then I painted some of them a base color of orange. 
I chose cinnamon color but it came out way more bright than I thought, which was okay. Left some white also, for the ghosts faces. 

Next I google'd "pumpkin faces" and choose images, so I'd have an idea of what some looked like to draw. Painted them on with basic black craft paint.

And then, here's where I got a little different with them. 
Instead of simply sealing them with a paint on sealer, I thought it'd be cool to set the faces in wax. 

How you ask? Well, I keep a candle melted on my candle warmer at all times. I use it almost daily. It happens to be a yellowish-brown color, flavored butter-rum. (For the white ghosts at top, I used a plain white melted candle to dip them in.)

So I dipped each candle down in it, kinda quick, so that the paint wouldn't melt away from the hot wax. 
Then set them on a sheet of wax paper to dry. And that's it.
Oh, if you have noticed the grubby candle with the eyes, I simply grubbied it up a bit with some melted wax and cinnamon. Dipped that in the wax to set. Then continued on with painting the face and re-dipping him.




And then after they all dried, which they kinda quickly do, here is how I package them up.

I put them down in a small plastic bag and add a piece of cut brown paper. (Sometimes I cut up the brown wrapping paper or brown bags for this.)  And then use those printable re-turn address labels for a price tag.
 And here is a little box crate of them all ready to go into my booth for sale.

Don't forget to check out my Ghost Candles for more pics!
See ya'll next time!
~Lisa

2 comments:

  1. Neat idea, thanks! New follower from Gather. Check out my blog and follow back if you care to.

    Michele @ http://lovejoyjunction.blogspot.com/

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  2. Thanks! I just love Gather. And I just followed your blog in return :-)

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