I can’t believe this is the first day of October already! This day has always meant something to me, for a number of reasons. As a kid it was because it meant my birthday was in 31 days; I was a Halloween baby! As an adult I love October first because it is the signal of cooler weather (I am in Oklahoma so I’ve been hot since May) and the start of the Holiday season. Halloween invokes a kind of dark whimsy and imagination that no other season inspires.
So let’s get one of my favorite non-holiday days off the year off to a crafty start! All month we are going to be making chic Halloween décor specifically for a party, but they could also be used through out your house in various ways. I was inspired by some stamps I bought by Martha Stewart to make my Halloween Party Package. I was so excited how it turned out I wanted to continue the theme!
We are going to start off making a whole set of candleholders to adorn a table, mantle or outside steps. This one is going to be easy to make, but with a little more prep work…unless you have tons of candleholders you want to paint just laying around, then you’re set!
3 or 4 various candle holders, though really the more the merrier!
Black spray paint
Orange or black candle sticks
Make sure your candleholders are clean by wiping them down with a damp cloth then rubbing them dry. If they are not absolutely clean it will come out kind of lumpy and weird. Mine had wax on it and I thought it might be interesting to see what it came out as, but it wasn't that cool. Go a head and scrape wax off it if you can!
Set up a painting area that is well ventilated; I chose my back yard. Then set the candleholders straight up so you can paint 360 degrees around it.
Spray your candleholder with light even coats. It is SO much better to do this than one thick coat. Repeat until evenly covered in black paint, then let dry.
Put the candle holders on your table, mantle or porch for a spooky effect!
Don’t you just love simple and stunning DIY? It’s pretty much my favorite kind! Hope you have fun, get creative and be inspired!
Until next week,
P.S. the rat in the pictures is Bargar... we have him handy around the house all year round to scare visitors and such. But I think he is in his element here.