Saturday, October 20, 2012

Halloween Decorations for All-Year-Round

 It's that time of year again. Stores pack their shelves with fun and phantasmal halloween decorum....
But this year, instead of rushing to Target or Michaels (although I love both stores, very much,) I have decided to create and share some DIY halloween decor that is sophisticated and charming enough to be used all year around.

 The first "creepy" craft I am going to show you is the very classy and simplistic Specimen Jar Display:

     On your left are three unique "old-styled" jars, filled with popypods, lotus pods, & coneflower heads, topped with water and food coloring to add a nice finishing tint.

     To your right are three specimen jar candles. Same concept as on the left, however these items are vegetables and fruit. Grapes looking like eyeballs, cauliflower looking like a brain, and celery root looking like something equally odd... all of which can be found at your local grocer.
The vegetables are attached to the bottom of the glass container by suction cup (attaching the veg. to the metal and the cup to the glass to secure.)

     Again, these jars have been filled with water, food coloring, and on top about an inch-layer of wax granules found at .

    1-inch granules burn for about an hour, but you can easily re-add granules so that these unique votives can last for a very, very long time.

      This DYI idea was inspired by a Martha Stewart episode and her Halloween Magazine, which I love but have yet to see in production for this year... sadface. But there are many other magazines for concocting unique crafts that are still very much worth the read.
     Remember, however, when pulling ideas it is equally as easy to make each item uniquely your own.

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