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Sunday, September 1, 2013

Handmade Halloween Paper Roll Candle How-To Skull Jester



Last year I shared a simple candle craft project that I created using glitter skulls I had picked up from Michaels Art and Craft store and thought I would do the same with these cute little glitter skulls I also found at Michaels. If you want to check out last years post here is a link to it. Skull Candle How-to


This candle is made almost the same way except you do not have to cut the skull in half. This skull is smaller and it is made from plastic, not Styrofoam.


To get started here is a list of supplies you will need.


Glue gun and glue sticks. (I used 4 sticks for this project, you may use less or more, it is up to you)


Xacto knife


Masking tape


2 Paper towel rolls

Glitter skulls (purchased at Michaels)

Black and silver metallic craft paint which I forgot to include in the picture. You can purchase the craft paint at Michaels.



Before we get started I want to stress the importance of taking precautions when working with hot glue for those who are inexperienced. It would be good to have a bowl filled with ice and water on the table close to you. In the event that you get hot glue on you, you can quickly submerge or pour on the water it will cool the glue disabling it. It is instinct once one realizes they are burning to try and quickly brush the burning glue off. That only ends with another burn. So please take the extra precaution and save yourself from a nasty burn. If at any point after you start to apply the hot glue to the roll and it gets bumped and starts to tip over (((DO NOT GRAB IT))). It's covered in hot glue and it's HOT! Let it fall, the glue will clean up and it will not hurt the candle drips. You can just glue over any places you don't like. If you are creating with children it is very important that they know this and what to do if glue gets on them.

Ok, let's get started! Take the paper roll, choose where you want the skull positioned on it, then make a hole using your scissors or xacto knife, a small circle the size of the back of the skulls head. Next, secure it into the hole. It really doesn't matter if the hole is perfect, you will be applying glue around the head which will fill in any gaps.



Now that the skull is where you want it, you can put a little glue around the face area to secure it.

Time to take the smaller roll and cut it in half to make the Jester hat.


To do that I flattened the cardboard tube and cut some v's into it, I don't measure the cut's out or anything creative like that, I just cut it.


When you are finished cutting the V's, cut that piece in half as well.


Paint the little hat black then let it dry. You can speed things up with a blow dryer. When dry, take a pencil and curl the tips.


Glue the hat onto the skull and candle by placing a drop of hot glue on both sides and pressing each side of the hat onto the candle. Be careful not to burn yourself with the glue.


To create the top of the candle, you will need to tear off several pieces of tape, approximately 3" you will need 5 or so. Take the tape sticky side down and place the tea light on it then tuck it into the hole the sticky side of the tape will stick to the sides of the roll. Continue this until the hole is covered. The tea light should now fit easily down into it and not fall down into the tube.

When done placing all the tape pieces, it should look like this. Fold over the extra tape if there is any.

Paint the paper roll black and let dry.


When dry place the candle onto a paper towel standing upright, this will not only protect your surface from the hot glue drips, it will hold the puddles you will make to support your candle and allow it to free stand. Time to start dripping! But first make some glue puddles around the bottom of the candle, this will keep it from tipping over and should look like this.


Cover most of the candle in drips making sure to cover up and around the skull to fill any gaps and to give it a seamless appearance. It should look like this.


When you are happy with your candle wax effect, it is time to paint the drips black and let it dry.


It should look like this now.


Now for the dry brushing. Take some of the silver metallic paint squeeze a little on a paper towel, then dip your brush. Then take your brush and brush it back and forth on the paper towel to take some of the excess off, then lightly brush the raised glue drips back and forth until you get the effect you want, tear off the paper towel and you're done!


This is what it should look like all finished! You can paint the tea light to match.


Have fun and let me know how yours come out!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Handmade Halloween Skeleton Coffin



As the scare season is creeping closer and only 100 days left until Halloween! I wanted to share something I pieced together from a surprise find I found while out for a walk with friends.

Passing a local parking lot, I noticed a small pile of discarded trash, unusual for this lot as it is normally kept very clean form debris, trash, etc, probably why it caught my eye something was out of place. At first glance it was just trash, some papers, plastic, nothing unusual, until I noticed the little black cardboard box shaped as a coffin! I could no longer ignore it!

Not wanting to disappoint my friends who had now stopped to see what in the world I was suddenly so excited about, while they stood giving me the eye rolls and the oh no, here she goes again, look. With all that what else could I do but take it home and make it into a Halloween prop! ha ha ha, therefore, and without any further ado, Ta da!

The possibilities for this coffin box are endless, however, I just wanted to make something simple and quick. I really didn't want it to hit the to do pile. I wanted it finished and ready to display. What I saw for it was something like the Skeleton that I created on one of my faux candles.

I grabbed some wire and tape twisted it together,coated it in hot glue then popped a small plastic skull head on it and done!

At first I wasn't sure I could recreate the skeleton because the first one I made was attached to the candle so it had a support. This one would be semi free standing. Once I got started I knew it would work and perfectly it did! It's completely posable. Moving forward I will definitely be creating more of these.

Well there you have it, a perfect example of handmade Halloween. Taking something and making it into something useful. All of which I love to do! Enjoy have fun and get inspired Halloween is coming!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Macabre Paper Towel Roll Dripping Wax Candles



Happy New Year, Valentines Day, MLK day, Presidents day, and anything else that may have passed and I may have left out. I hope everyone has had a lovely start to this New Year 2013.
It's now 247 days left until Halloween, at least it is here where I am. Right now 247 days may seem like a lot and a little early to be thinking about Halloween , however, any true Halloween enthusiast will tell you each day passing is one less day to get your build on. Halloween is a terrific Holiday to get some family bonding in, so gather the family, pick a project and set some time aside to meet and work together through out the year towards your perfectly chilling Halloween you will be happy you did. It is easy to get started, all you have to do is pick a theme for your next years yard display, Haunted house or Halloween party. Then once the plan is made gather what you need. There are so many great terrorific Halloween resource, How-to's, tutorials ,free printables here on the web. @Garage of Evil is one of them. The garage is a central hub for all things Halloween and it's up all year long, 24 days a week. If you are looking for inspiration, help with a project, anything Halloween related this is the perfect place to start.




So there it is the big inspirational speech for Halloween 2013! I hope you will check in through out the year to see whats new, to get inspired and or be moved enough to create something really chilling.

I thought I would share a couple of my faux candle creations that I have been working on, there are more in the works , however, I will save those for later time. The first one is a Skeleton rising up from the melted wax. It started out as a crawling candle like this one below; just taller.




But then, one of the legs started to resemble an arm reaching out and I started rolling tape and building the rib cage. Then found these skull heads and well there you have it a full bodied skeleton, wax dripping tentacles, holding smaller skulls. It just happens sometimes, if a candle project sits unfinished in my view for any length of time the more chances of it turning into something other than what it started out as is a probability.

















I created him the same way I did all the other candles using only paper, glue, tape, paint and my imagination. For those who are new to the House here are the directions to my original faux candles that are made from items you probable have on hand. Not sure if I could do a how-to on this one, he wasn't really planned out and I didn't document the process. Not to worry there will be plenty of how-to's through out the year.





This one is a work in progress. It's a creepy tree with a wicked face which will light up, wax branches and wax arms holding candles spilling melted wax. Not sure how he will look upon his finish, there is always the possibility that he will change as well, one can never be sure.













I will post more picture of it as it progresses. I will be excited to have it finished. Thanks for stopping by and if you have any questions feel free!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Halloween Giveaway Evil Twins Candle Props



This giveaway is now closed!

I want to thank all who joined in and I hope you will continue to follow for more good things to come! This was my first giveaway it was great fun and I even chatted with a few of you which I really enjoy! I will definitely be doing this again! Enough about that and on with the...


Winner!


Valerie from All the pieces of me


It's give away time!


Meet the Evil Twins




Who will be the brave sole to take home the pair, will it be you?
The Evil Twins are the results of my paper towel roll tealight candle art experiment. A few years back I ran across a how-to on how to make pvc ficker light prop candles and really wanted to make some. I had neither of those two things on hand. What I did have sitting right in front of me was a paper towel roll! Little did I know what would come from that paper towel roll or if it would even turn out as good looking as the PVC candles. Well needless to say they have become a main staple of my creepy creations. Candles are to me a must have when creating a spooky ambiance and in the spirit of DIY and Re-purposing everyday throw aways, they're all about that. The plus side to these candles are that they are all of those plus safe and easy to use.

Why I chose the twins for this giveaway is that they were the first of my original designs to become popular, therefore, I thought they would be the perfect choice for the giveaway.

Since creating the twins, my candle creations have evolved into more elaborate creations,



however, I have kept the twins simple and as close to the original design as possible, due to the fact that they are not made from a mold and that I create each one by hand. It is sometime hard to duplicate them exactly.

As a thank you to all who have subscribed/followed, enjoyed and shared my art with others and as a welcome to new future followers, I want to say thank you with this fun give away! I hope you all will continue to follow me through out the coming year here at the HouseofDewberry for more creations, how-tos, inspiration and givaways.
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To enter all you have to do is follow this blog or already be a follower. Please share with friends and family and leave me a comment on this post to let me know you have joined the giveaway and where you have shared it, pinterest, Facebook,Twitter, blog, etc.

Thank you!


Who- Open to US residents only.

Ending Date 10/23/12 12:00PM

Winner will randomly be chosen and announced in this post

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Witches Shoes Cake Stand How-to




Another dollar store Halloween plate make over. Sometimes I just like to take a break from my more involved creations and do something fun, fast and easy and I just love these plates! I've been having a lot of fun with them. Here are direct links to the other two plates I made if you would like to view them. Dollar Store Halloween Plate Makeover and Dollar Store Halloween Orange Pumpkin Serving Tray

Here is how I created this one.


I cleaned the plate with warm water and soap, then wiped it with alcohol. This is the only prep I did. I use a black dollie on the plate under food to protect the plate.


I painted it with black craft paint.


I used white glue and purple glitter for the eyes of the skulls.


Supplies I used, minus the tea light


The legs are made from paper towel rolls, black glitter gift wrapping paper and purple glitter ribbon. I found the witches shoes at Michaels Craft Store. They were originally meant to hold a little tealight, however, in my imagination I saw something completely different.

The shoes weren't in the best condition when I found them. I had to fix them up a little by re-glittering the polka dots and repainting where the paint had chipped off but Michaels had them marked down appropriately which was very nice and they fixed up easily enough.


I wrapped the paper towel roll with the black glitter paper and glued it with a glue stick.

I then applied the glitter ribbon securing each wrap with a little dot of hot glue. The ribbon has 1" spaces between them.

Now I glued the paper towel roll into the shoes where the tealights were suppose to go.

It's a perfect fit!

Last I glued the plate onto the top of the rolls and there it is! A very simple, very Halloweenie, in a Witchey way, cake stand or gruesome goodie server!

Opps I almost forgot the purple spiders! I hot glued two little purple spiders onto the buckles! I found those also at Michaels in the floral department.

I hope you enjoyed this and that it inspires and encourages you to go out and create something Halloweenish! Have fun and thanks for reading!