It doesn’t get much better than this!
Since this is my last Halloween craft for Make Something Mondays this year (so sad), I wanted to pick one that was quick and easy, but also one that would add some flare to your parties this weekend. These candles are the are a little creepy, but not tacky, so I thought they would be the perfect addition to your Halloween decor.
They’re very easy to make and I got everything (except the scented wax) at the Dollar Store. They probably took about half an hour to finish and costed less than $5. Can’t argue with that, right?
Things You Will Need
Scented wax (optional)
Scrap paper or newspaper
Before you do anything, lay down some newspaper because this is going to get very waxy!
Step 2 (optional)
I don’t like the smell of crayons, as I imagine most of you don’t. So I started out by dripping scented wax (I used Scentsy but you can use whatever you want) down the sides of the candle. This way, while the candle is burning I will smell raspberry vanilla, ocean breeze, and sweet pea rather than purple crayon.
When I got the whole way around the candle, I set the rest of the wax on the side near the flame so that it would create a pool that will continue to make the candle smell great throughout the night.
Take the paper off of your crayon.
Hold the crayon over the flame and when it start to melt, let it drip down the sides of the pillar. Make your way around the candle, but linger on every 3-4 drips to let the wax fall farther down each time. It gives it a pretty cool effect.
When you’re finished, you should have some awesomely waxy candles that not only look fun, but also smell good (assuming you participated in step 2).
You can layer colors or shades as well. With the purple one, I mixed some purple and black wax for a little bit more depth. I think I like that look the best. Your choice though.
This was a really fun project. Probably my favorite project this year (in terms of decor). It could be a fun bonding craft to do with your teens as well. Fair warning though… I don’t even know how many times I burnt myself.
Let me know what you think!
These are my inktober drawings for this past week. A few of them were recommended by friends or followers and others were inspired by the weeks happenings.
I still have a few days left, so let me know if you have any good ideas for me!
Did you know that you can dye your pantyhose any color you want? I heard that the other day and thought how hard can it be? Honestly, it’s cake.
I thought you ladies could really use this tutorial for your Halloween costumes. Want to be a devil? Then you’re going to need some red pantyhose. A witch? You might want some green or purple ones. Why bother spending $30 on them at the Halloween or Party stores when you can dye the ones you already have?
My point exactly.
Things You Will Need
Large plastic spoon
These are the two flavors I used to make my red pantyhose. I was shooting for more of a deep red than a bright red, so I added some grape flavoring as well.
When the water is warm you can drop your pantyhose into the pot.
Important note: make sure you continue to stir the pantyhose. You want the color to distribute evenly and if you stop stirring it, the color will get splotchy.
I left mine in for about 15 minutes. Choose your length of time based on the color of the fabric. Just remember that since it’s wet, it will be a little bit darker than it will be when it dries.
When you’re satisfied with the color of the pantyhose, go ahead and pour the contents of the pot into a strainer.
Don’t ask me how they turned out red when the water was blue… no idea.
Rinse your pantyhose until the water runs clear.
Then wring them out and rinse again. Make sure there is absolutely no excess color in the water.
When they dry, you should have some awesomely colorful pantyhose! I was really considering making a few pairs of these or even trying to get some multi-colored pairs. As you can tell, I’m a big fan of how they turned out.
The greatest thing is, you don’t have to use the brands I used. If you have Kool-aid or Mio or something else sitting around, it should work on your pantyhose, as long as it colors your water.
What do you think? Want to give it a shot? What color would you choose?
This is my 2nd round of drawings for #inktober. The first week, I was catching up on the drawings I missed in the first week of October, although, I still haven’t completely caught up yet. Each of these were inspired by things I’ve seen or thought about throughout the week.
Let me know if you think of any good subjects for me to draw. I still have about 2 weeks left before the challenge is over. The more ideas the better.
If you’re totally confused as to why I’m creating 1 ink drawing a day, you missed my #inktober post. That should clear it up.
Don’t forget to share your favorite with me!
I’ve always wanted to draw on my car.
But I knew it would take FOREVER to finish it and I’m in impatient person so that never happened. So, when I saw these pictures and read the story (It’s 6 pages long, but totally worth the read), I wanted to share it with everyone I know.
This guy was looking to buy a Skyline but only wanted one in purple. He ended up settling on a silver version and intended to repaint it. In the meantime, his girlfriend, who happens to be a talented artist, started drawing over the scratches on the front bumper to cover them up. The car was going to get repainted anyway, so it didn’t really matter.
The next day, the guy comes outside and sees how incredible the drawing looked on the car and asked her to keep going.
She used over 20 markers and spent over 100 hours drawing on the car and it looks amazing. You seriously have to dig through the whole post because there are a ton of pictures and the comments are amusing as well.
Thanks to Jennifer for posting about this on Facebook! I never would’ve seen it if you hadn’t.
I know I rarely post recipes but this pumpkin pie looks easy and amazing!
Since I’m doing a Halloween craft every week for Make Something Mondays, I thought I would make some mummy jars. I tried a few variations but the first one I made is still my favorite (the one in the middle). I tried an all white jar with cut out space for the eyes, one with green underneath the white for some color, and a completely white one with the eyes overtop the tissue paper.
What I’ve learned about making these is that the more obvious the paper layers are, the better. So scrunch it, rip it. twist it… whatever you need to do to show that there are layers.
Things You Will Need:
Draw some eyeballs on your jar. Something cartoon-y will look best.
Cut your tissue paper into strips. You don’t have to make them the same size.
I added scissors as part of the materials, but you can choose to rip the pieces if you want. It might give it a cooler effect anyway.
Brush a layer of Mod Podge over the area of the jar you want to put your first layer on.
Press the tissue paper onto the jar, scrunching and twisting as you go.
Then, put another layer of Mod Podge over it. Continue moving down the jar and remember to add layers.
Repeat this step until your jar is mummified!
When you’re finished, you should have something that looks like this.
He’s kind of cute, you have to admit it…
I kept going and made a few more mummies.
If you can find some containers that are cheaper and made of plastic, you could make the mummy jars and put Halloween candy in them for the trick or treaters! If not, you can always use them as decorations, which is what I fully intend to do with mine.
Thoughts? Comments? Feedback is always welcome.
I said I was going to contribute an ink drawing for each day of October for the #inktober challenge. Unfortunately, I got a late start so I’m trying to catch up. Here are my drawings for the week.
The Steve Mcqueen and crows in the cemetery drawings were requested. The rest were all in my mind.
I have about 3 weeks left of this challenge, so if you have any ideas for me, leave a comment! I’m writing them all down.
So, I know I’m getting a bit of a late start here, but it’s October, which means that it’s time for #inktober. And I want you to participate.
What is #inktober?
#inktober is a challenge that artists (and non-artists) all over the world take to improve their ink drawing habits. All you have to do is pick up a pen and draw something once a day, every other day or once a week.
You don’t have to be an artist. The drawing doesn’t even have to be good! It just has to be with ink.
How do you participate?
Take a picture of your drawing and post it to social media with the #inktober hashtag. Easy peasy.
People will be searching for that hashtag all month long. It allows them to see what other people are drawing. Not to mention that there is awesome community around it.
Take the challenge with me!
I’m always game for something that will improve my creative skills and it wouldn’t hurt you to do the same. There are plenty of reasons to draw, so grab a pen and show me what you can do 🙂
Halloween-inspired drawings are always appreciated, but not necessary. You can draw whatever you like.
Where did the #inktober challenge come from?
The challenge was created in 2009 by Jake Parker. He started InkTober as a challenge to improve his inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor. You can read more about it here.
Check out some drawings from the InkTober challenge so far this year
My 2014 inktober drawings
I missed a few days here and there, but these are the drawings I made throughout the month. Click the links to see the drawings for each week.