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DIY Halloween accessories: Decorate a pillar candle

Don’t splurge! Have an old pillar candle in need of a makeover? This simple craft takes mere minutes to complete, and may use what you already have on hand. Make your own Halloween-themed pillar candle.
Don’t splurge! Have an old pillar candle in need of a makeover? This simple craft takes mere minutes to complete, and may use what you already have on hand. Make your own Halloween-themed pillar candle. The Fresno Bee

Three weeks ago, I intended to begin the fall ritual of putting out my Halloween decor, and announced as much to my husband. That did not go as planned.

“Already? It’s the middle of September.”

“It’ll be fun!” I said to his clearly unenthused face. “We can enjoy it longer,” I chirped, making sure he could hear the smile in my voice. Who can resist a chirpy-smile voice?

Apparently, my husband. There was a pregnant pause, followed by an audible sigh. “Trace, it’s 100 degrees outside.” He made sure I could hear the reasonableness in his voice.

It was my turn to resist. I wracked my brain for the perfect retort, and came up with a lame, “But it’ll look spooky.”

Driving the final nail in our Halloween-decor-argument coffin, my husband came back with an even-more reasonable “It’s not even autumn, yet” reply. BAM. Done. He had a point. Patience is a virtue, even for those of us too impatient to understand what virtues are.

That said, come Oct. 1, I was dragging all my decor boxes out and officially spookifying my house. One of the best adornments for any holiday: candles. Last January, I bought dozens of plain, pillar candles at an end-of-season holiday sale at 90 percent off. (These are the kinds of sales for which we craft hoarders live.) And this Halloween season, I’ve noticed several stores selling Halloween-themed pillar candles. Putting two-and-two together, I had a crafting epiphany.

Don’t splurge! Have an old pillar candle in need of a makeover? This simple craft takes mere minutes to complete, and may use what you already have on hand. Make your own Halloween-themed pillar candle.

What you need:

▪ Printout of Halloween image

▪ Pillar candle

▪ Scissors

▪ Glue stick

▪ Clear wax, melted

▪ Paint brush

Step 1

Prep the image: Taking the scissors, cut the image down to the desired size to fit the candle. Next, adhere the trimmed image to the candle using the glue stick.

Step 2

Wax on: Dip the paint brush in the melted wax. Starting at the top of the candle, paint the wax over the entire image, top to bottom. Continue painting wax around the candle so that the entire surface of the candle matches in texture. Move quickly! The wax dries within a few seconds.

Step 3

Once dry, you have your own, perfectly designed to your liking Halloween candle.

Possible variations: Try using melted red or black crayons to enhance the creepiness factor.

Enjoy!

Traci Arbios: 559-441-6756, @traciAWESOME

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