Thursday, October 1, 2009

Spooky Candlestick Transformation

I have seen black candlesticks for sale for the upcoming holiday in the stores but didn't want to spend the money on something I knew I was only going to have up in my house for a month. Here's an inexpensive DIY for black candlesticks that are sure to add just the right amount of spookiness to your home this Halloween!

I went to my local thrift store and bought several brass candlesticks - each at a different height and shape.
(hint: if there is any wax on your metal candlesticks, heat your oven to 250 degrees. Cover a cookie sheet with tinfoil and place candles on cookie sheet. Heat candlesticks in oven for 10-15 minutes until wax bleeds onto foil or can be absorbed and wiped off with a paper towel. Remember to use hot pads when handling hot cookie sheet and candlesticks!)

Place candlesticks on steady and covered surface with enough room between them to maneuver the can of spray paint. 

Give them a couple coats of black paint and allow to dry.

Next, display with your favorite Halloween decorations and say BOO! 

candlesticks: .50 cents - $1.75/ea. (I paid a total of $7.00 for qty. 7)
black spray paint: $2.75
candles: 7 qty. @ .99 cents 
Total: $16.68
Total time: 30 minutes

(FYI: You can find the skull and torn netting at the dollar store and taper candles at Michael's Crafts!)


Joan said...

This is one of my favorite of your ideas. It looks better than fake candleholders and you are recycling old brass. How green of you. I like the presentation too. I can't wait to see what you come up with next.

April (Thorup) Oaks said...

Dang you have some cute stuff here Amy! I haven't checked over here forever!

Jesicca said...

Darling! I too have seen them in magazines and in stores and HATE to pay those prices for a once a year use. I think I just might have to copy you!


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