Skull Candle Decoration

Hello, I mean Boo! Here’s another Halloween decoration for you. This time it’s a cool skull candle! Pintrest has really been my best friend this holiday season (the day after labor becomes “holiday season” for me, HA!) I’ve been finding SO many great ideas and recreating them.

skull candle

skull candle

Pretty neat, huh? This is another cheap dollar store creation that I found inspiration from online through Pintrest. Go check out the post here. All you need to create this wonderfully creepy candle is a dollar store plastic skull, a candle holder, an empty toilet paper tube, a battery operated tea light paint, and some hot glue!

ingredients

ingredients

First I cut the bottom jaw off of my skull for a creepier custom open mouth look. I hot glued it back on and painted the inside of the mouth black. You can see the hot glue seam here. See the strangely yellow hot glue? Well, all I can say is don’t leave your hot glue gun in the garage plugged in all night! Do what I say and not what I do!!!

re-figured skull

re-figured skull

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overnight hot glue

So then you glue the skull onto the candle holder (I got mine at the resale shop in town for free! Once a year they have a free day to clear out their inventory and I hit the jackpot!) with E6000.  I kept trying hot glue but it broke off like 6 times. Afterwards I “oldened” up my skull by lightly painting it with brown paint in sections and then just wiping the paint off. It took 3 seconds and really made a difference in the look of the skull!

Okay, now you have to make the candle. I glued mine on the skull first, but you don’t have to. Here is a GREAT tutorial on how to make these extremely cheap-yet-attractive candles for pennies! I love this site, go check it out, I know you’ll be inspired!

all glued up and nowhere to go.

all glued up and nowhere to go.

The tutorial I found for the skull candle tells us to paint the hot glue from the candle. Of course we would have to, it’s opaque and not very realistic. Unless you find colored hot glue sticks at the store, in which case you wouldn’t have to paint it! I found these mod podge-mold-glue stick things that are not actually hot glue but it worked for me because I didn’t need to glue anything together, just make the candle look cool. So no painting for me! White or glitter sticks were my only option so I went with white. You could totally glam this up with a bit of glitter, however! And if anyone knows where to get colored glue sticks, PLEASE let me know. Do they even make those? Hm.

not actually hot glue....weird

not actually hot glue….weird

So I guess that’s it! Put a little votive in the top and enjoy! Make one for yourself today (or next month if Sept. is too soon for Halloween for you……..party pooper).

finished skull candle. creepy!

finished skull candle. creepy!

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Halloween DIY – Decorative Serving Dishes

Hello again so soon! I’m bursting at the seams with Halloween projects, so stay tuned! Anyway,today I’ve got a cute (I mean scary) serving platter pair and a chalice that all match to share with you. I got all of the ingredients at the dollar store or thrift shop so the cost of these projects was around $7-8 for all three. You may even be able to find most of the items needed for these projects already laying around your house so that could make these much cheaper!

Ingredients:

2 candle holders (glass, plastic, wooden, whatever)

2 serving platters (again, glass, metal, wooden, whatever)

small plastic bones

E6000 glue (for metal/glass parts) or hot glue gun/glue

Primer and paint

I got my inspiration for the platter project here, so go there and check it out. I’m not going to give you a step by step because it’s already been covered but I’ll show you some pictures so you can see how my projects went!

gluing on plastic bones

gluing on plastic bones

all ready to be painted

all ready to be painted (and another project soon to come!)

silver paint

silver paint

finished platters

finished platters

awesome!

awesome!

I couldn’t be done with just the platters and I found this cheap Halloween chalice at Goodwill so I decided to chop a skull in half (thwack!) and glue it to the side then paint it to match my platters. So I have a whole set!

little plastic skull and goblet

little plastic skull and chalice

glued on skull

glued on skull

painted skull chalice

painted skull chalice

another shot of the chalice

another shot of the chalice

All done! Pretty nice set, huh?

 

all 3 pieces together

all 3 pieces together

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Halloween DIY – Skull Lamp and Fake Bones

Hello and welcome to my favorite time of year! I pretty much just skip over “Fall” as we know it and jump straight to Halloween (please don’t misunderstand, I LOVE Fall/Autumn: the turning trees and pumpkin patches and scare crows and apple cider and baking goodies and ALL that fall jazz, I just REALLY love Halloween – I make all of Fall about it in some way!) so I start EARLY with my DIY and decorations. I’ve set up make-shift shop in a corner of my garage and I’ll be sharing several DIY projects over the next few weeks.

I’m starting off with a super easy skull lamp that cost me only a few $$ and very little effort to make! I found this skull bobble head thing at our Dollar Tree and although I thought the bobble head idea was pretty lame, I knew I could use it’s parts for something cool so I bought it, I mean it was only $1.00! Anyway, I had a few fake plastic bones leftover from another project (soon to come, I promise!) so I used those as a “shade”. The whole project cost under $3.00. Yay! Cool, cheap, easy, quick to make….those are the best DIY projects!

Ingredients, I mean parts:

Lamp kit (I really just used an old lamp I ripped apart…..no shame!) and lamp shade or lamp shade frame

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Dollar store skull bobble head (or just a skull), disassembled

lamp1

Miscellaneous plastic bones

Glue gun/glue

Paint (optional)

So I cut holes in the skull and neck part so my lamp tube thing could fit through them. I had to cut down the neck bone so it would fit, then I threaded the tube through the skull and neck and then just screwed the base on.

partially assembled lamp

partially assembled lamp

Now you can wire your lamp. CAUTION: Follow your lamp kit instructions for this. If you don’t know what you are doing around electrical things, STOP-and find someone who does. Please. No one needs to get electrocuted here. Disclaimer: I’m not saying you will, but I accept no responsibility if you do something stupid and go get yourself hurt. So don’t, okay?

all wired up

all wired up

Now cross your fingers and turn it on.

it works!

it works!

Now that your lamp lights up all pretty like we can move on to the shade.

gluing on plastic bones

gluing on plastic bones

I just hot glued these smaller bones to the lamp shade frame,painted them grey and went over them with a black dry brush and called it a day. But I’m sure you could do something way cooler!

almost finished lamp shade

almost finished lamp shade

All done! What do you think? Not the creepiest or coolest thing on the planet but I like it and think it’ll add a lot to my holiday decor!

finished lamp!

finished lamp!

Also, I made these awesome bones (for another future project)! They are about 2 feet long and were super easy and cheap to make. Go check out the video tutorial here!

bones

 

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