Craft Time: Happy Halloween Candles

Happy Halloween!

Today is one of my favorite holidays! I love seeing kids in their costumes, spooky decorations, carved pumpkins and cheesy movies and tv specials (Hocus Pocus, Shaun of the Dead, and the Halloween episode of Boy Meets World are treasured favorites!). I also love all the free candy that Marco hauls in.

A few weeks ago, I got the bright idea to do a fun craft with Marco on a Friday that he and I were both off from school and work. He totally abandoned me after ten minutes to go outside and play with the little neighbor girl, but I had a great time.

If your kid has a longer attention span than mine, or if you just like being crafty, this is a super fun and fairly cheap fall activity!

You need:

-Three mini jar candles ($1 each at Dollar Tree)

-Gauze Bandage ($1 at Dollar Tree)

-Googley Eyes ($1 package from Dollar Tree)

-Green, red, and yellow food coloring (free from the pantry)

-Mod Podge (free from the craft drawer)

-Raffia and Ribbons (99¢ each at Walmart/free from the craft drawer)

-Black Puffy Paint (99¢ at Walmart)

Step 1: Peel the labels off of the jar candles.

Step 2: Make two Mod Podge/ Food Coloring mixes. One will be green, the other will be orange (mix drops of red and yellow until you get a color that you like). You could probably use regular acrylic paint for this, but I didn’t have green and orange paint. if you reference my list above, you’ll note that I already had food coloring and Mod Podge.

Step 3: Paint one jar green and one jar orange.

Marco’s arm looks super creepy in this picture.

Step 4: Cut strips of guaze and Mod Podge it around the third candle. It helps to put a layer of Mod Podge over the gauze as well.

Step 5: Glue Googley Eyes to the green candle and the gauze candle.

Step 6: Use the puffy paint to  draw Frankenstein’s nose, mouth, and scar; Jack-o-Lantern’s face; and Mummy’s mouth.

Step 7: Tie the top of Jack-o-Lantern with Raffia and Green Ribbon. Tie Frankenstien with black ribbon. Tie Mummy with another strip of guaze.

And there you have it! Simple, easy, and adorable! The perfect addition to your spooky decor.


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