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DIY Halloween Jack-O-Lantern and Cauldron Candle Holders

Learn how to make these Halloween jack-o-lantern and cauldron candle holders!

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It’s October and fall is in the air and Halloween is-a-comin and it’s time to cozy up and decorate your home for Halloween! Don’t you just love decorating for Halloween? I know we do! We have an entire box full of Halloween goodies that we eagerly pull out at the first sign of almost fall so we can drag Halloween on as long as possible. It’s time to bring out the mugs with witches legs on them and the tumblers with glass blown pumpkins on the front and hang up the spider lights: Halloween is in the air!

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And you know what else is in the Halloween air? Candles! To light up your dinner party and cozy up your living room! These candles are so easy to make, you probably have most of the supplies at home already and the ones you’d need to purchase only cost a few bucks each.

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Or, fill them with candy corn and use the jars that way! Or go wild with all sorts of different jack-o-lantern faces! I just love the look of the candle glowing out of the jack-o-lantern and cauldron that we made.

Head on over to our post on Homedit to see how to make these fun Halloween themed candles.

And let us know in the comments what other Halloween themed candle ideas you have!

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Click here to find the full instructions!

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Halloween Sharpie Plates

IMG_2914We have another super easy & quick Halloween craft for you! This craft was inspired by the Sharpie Mug that has been floating around Pinterest for the past few months. There seem to be a lot of mixed reviews on this craft, some saying it worked great and others claiming it did not work at all. From my own experience, this definitely does work there are just a few tips and tricks you must be weary of.For those of you who don’t know what the Sharpie Mug craft is, I shalIMG_2842l explain. Basically, what you do is draw a design on a ceramic mug (or dish or bowl) and then bake it in the oven to set the design. It seems that using an actual sharpie (unless it is oil-based) is not the best option for this craft. Instead you need an oil based marker. I bought this set of Bic and it seems to work great, except the lighter colors fade in the oven.

IMG_2860Now, onto what we do for our Halloween plates. I had a stack of plain white plates leftover from a previous project that I thought would be perfect to put some fun Halloween designs on. With a quick Google image search of a crow outline and a rat outline, I printed out my favorite images sized to fit the center of the plate. I cut out the design and then taped it to the center of the plate.IMG_2905 IMG_2907

Next, using the color I wanted the design to be I traced around it. If you are nervous about making a mistake or unsure what the design will look like you can use a lighter color to trace around it because it will fade off in the oven and it is easier to cover up with a darker color. After I outlined the image cutout, I colored it in.

IMG_2910 IMG_2911 IMG_2912 After 24 hours I put the plates in the oven at 350ºF and then set a timer for 30 minutes. Do not preheat the oven before putting your plates in! You need the plate to adjust to the changing temperature, otherwise it will crack. After 30 minutes turn the oven off but keep the plates in the oven so they can cool off with the oven. Once the oven is cooled you may take out your plates.IMG_2913

To preserve the design, these plates are best washed using a non-abrasive sponge, and I would definitely recommend not putting them in the dishwasher.

Although there seems to be some mixed reviews on this craft, it seems to have worked great for me both times I did it. Plus, for a Halloween or Holiday craft perhaps you don’t necessarily need the design to be permanent. Plus you can always re-draw over your design and bake it again to touch it up if you have to.

IMG_2839This craft is super easy and does not involve very many supplies. It will add a fun and spooky element to your Halloween. Plus, you can display them a number of different ways. You could put the food you are serving on them or simply hang them up on the wall. Get creative!

Comment with what designs you tried and let us know how it worked out!

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