Halloween DIY Bleeding Candle Decorations

DIY Bleeding Candles for Halloween | Revamperate DIY Bleeding Candles for Halloween | RevamperateIt’s almost time for Halloween! As it gets closet and closer and closer, I think it’s fair that the Halloween projects get a little easier. After all, the earlier you have your decorations up, the longer you can enjoy them. Today’s project is a quick one that you can make in 10 minutes or less and with easy to find supplies. You might already even have the supplies in your house, making this even easier. 

These bleeding candle decorations are really easy to make as a last-minute Halloween decoration . They use two different kinds of wax to give the appearance that a regular white candle is bleeding, and when the lights are dim and the candles are lit, they look pretty creepy. I used a red candle for the “blood” instead of my own wax because it’s easier and less expensive, but if you see yourself as a more advanced candlemaker, then feel free to make your own red wax. 

DIY Bleeding Candles for Halloween | RevamperateTime: 10 minutes 

Supplies:

  • White candles
  • Red candles (or you can make your own red wax)
  • Glass pourable measuring cup

First, lay out the white candles on a piece of parchment and set aside. 

I recommend using a pourable glass measuring cup for the red wax to make sure you achieve a dripping effect on the white candles, but if you don’t have access to a pourable container, you can also just light a candle and drip the wax onto the candle or use something that doesn’t have a pourable spout. 

Place the red candles or red wax into a pot (preferably not an expensive one), and heat on medium heat. Watch carefully until the wax is completely melted and then pour the wax into your pourable measuring cup – careful not to burn yourself! 

Slowly pour the wax along the top edge of the white candles and let it drip. You can also pour straight over the top and let it drip down the sides, but it can be less predictable that way. Always start slow and remember that you can always add more wax, but you can’t remove it once it’s poured, and it dries very quickly. Continue pouring wax along the edge until you are satisfied with the look.

When all the wax has dried, carefully pull the candles from the parchment and remove any wax that has pooled at the base. Of course, you can keep the pools of wax too! That’s up to you. 

Display them on candle holders and light ’em up! They look so much better when lit, and they make a really simple but beautiful Halloween decoration.

DIY Bleeding Candles for Halloween | Revamperate

Halloween DIY Gumball Machine Costume

DIY Gumball Machine Costume | RevamperareDIY Gumball Machine Costume | Revamperare It’s really hard to be original with Halloween costumes anymore. It feels like everyone has already thought of my ideas, but this one I just had to run with because I thought it would be really fun to try. I hope you know what it is based on that photo? 

Yup, today I’m sharing my DIY gumball machine costume! This is one of my favorites in the history of all of my Halloween costumes. Last year I shared my DIY pineapple costume, and the year before that I dressed up as an owl with homemade wings (that was tough costume). In other recent years, I made myself a Mindy from Pokemon costume (Andrew’s all-time favorite) and Ke$ha. You never really have to grow out of loving Halloween, especially the costumes! 

This gumball machine costume is really easy to make, but it will take a lot of gluing, so just make yourself comfortable. You can also easily adapt this costume for children instead of adults, and you could even make this in a dress version instead of a top and skirt combo. Have fun with it and make it your own! It’s a fun costume and I can’t wait to wear it for Halloween. 

I’m not the best model, so these were probably the only good photos of me where I’m not fooling around making weird faces. I even bought a bag of bubblegum to blow bubbles during the shoot, so 90% of the photos were outtakes of me failing to blow bubbles and Andrew making fun of me. I should probably stick to taking photos of inanimate objects, right?

DIY Gumball Machine Costume | RevamperareTime: 30+ minutes

Supplies:

  • Red skirt
  • Tank top or crop top
  • Glue gun
  • 1-inch multi-colored small pom-poms (I used 5 80-pack bags)
  • Thick black ribbon 
  • White cardstock or sticker paper 

First of all, you’ll need to pick a tank top or crop top that you don’t mind ruining because you’re about to glue, like, a thousand pom-poms to it. It will forever be your gumball machine top, so don’t worry about buying anything fancy. I recommend choosing a top that doesn’t stretch too tight, because then you’ll have large spaces in between your pom-poms, so go up a size if possible. I used about 5 80-count bags of pom-poms and I’m a size small/medium, so adjust the number of pom-poms you buy as needed to cover your top. 

Heat up your glue gun and, starting at the top of your top, start gluing your mini pom-pom balls around the neck and staps. While you don’t need to follow an exact color pattern for the whole top, you’ll still want the colors to vary so that you don’t have too many of the same colors right next to each other. Glue them closely together to account for any stretching. Keep gluing the pom-poms in rows all the way down and around to the back of the top, preferably offsetting each new line a little so that you can’t see the undershirt at all.

DIY Gumball Machine Costume | RevamperareDIY Gumball Machine Costume | Revamperare SO MANY POM-POMS.

Pom-pom every inch that you think will be showing. If you’re using a tank top as opposed to a crop top, consider how much of the shirt will be tucked in to your skirt. 

Then set aside your top to make the belt. This part is really easy. Using either a marker or your computer, make a label on your cardstock that is about 5-6 inches long and 2-3 inches wide. Write 25 cents with a twist level and a slot for coins, and cut it out as needed. I used sticker paper and removed the backing to wrap around the ribbon, but if you use regular cardstock, you can glue or tape it to the ribbon. This way, you can easily remove it because it’s part of the belt. 

Assemble your outfit! Put on your new pom-pom crop top and your red skirt, and tie the ribbon around your waste. Now look at that – a gumball machine! 

Halloween DIY Skull Candy Bowl

DIY Skull Candy Bowl for Halloween | Revamperate DIY Skull Candy Bowl for Halloween | RevamperateI was never really much of a Halloween person, but in the past year that I’ve dedicate to the blog, I’ve learned to LOVE Halloween. Christmas still totally dominates in my book, but I love decorating for Halloween, creating costumes and making themed treats. This project was one of my favs! I passed by a bunch of styrofoam skulls at Michaels and had one of those “I can make something with that” moments. I wondered what would happen if I tried to make it into a bowl, and after some fiddling and scraping at styrofoam, I’m happy to say that it worked! 

While a skull candy bowl like this one may not hold enough candy for all of your trick-or-treaters, it will look nice filled with candy on your coffee table. But beware! The bowl will be empty before you know it, as was the case with the M&Ms in this picture. Sorry, not sorry? Anyway, this is a fun project – if you enjoy stabbing at styrofoam with a knife, you’re going to love it! 

Time: 25 minutes + bake time

Supplies:

  • Styrofoam skull
  • White spray paint 
  • Polymer clay
  • White caulking tube
  • Box cutter or knife 
  • Rolling pin 

First, spray paint the styrofoam skull with a light coat of white paint. I found that when spray painting styrofoam, it’s best to spray it very lightly from at least a foot away. I was spray painting a little bit too close and it caused some bubbling in a few places, which wasn’t fatal to the project, but it’s not ideal. It just gave the styrofoam a different texture that I planned at first. 

Use a small bowl to outline the opening on the top of the skull. With a knife, box cutter, or other sharp tool, begin cutting out the top of the skull. It’ll take some hacking, but it doesn’t have to look pretty because it will be covered up with clay. 

DIY Skull Candy Bowl for Halloween | RevamperateDIY Skull Candy Bowl for Halloween | RevamperatePreheat the clay to 275 degrees (or whatever your clay requires). 

Roll out the clay with a rolling pin until it’s about 1/4 inch thick. You can either eyeball it or trace a large bowl (larger than the one used on the skull top) and cut a large circle from the clay. Begin squaring the corners and smoothing them out to make the bowl deeper. Place it inside of the skull’s hole and shape it as needed to fit the space. 

Once satisfied, bake the clay for 15 minutes until hard, and when the clay bowl has cooled, place it inside of the skull opening. It should be a tight fit. It may require some pushing or additional shaping of the hole in the skull to get the bowl to fit. With the caulking tube, squeeze caulking around the edge of the bowl and skull, smoothing it out with your finger to completely fill in the gap. Let dry completely and use a damp paper towel to wipe the clay bowl clean. 

Then fill it up with candy! It may not hold enough to feed your trick-or-treaters but it will look great filled with candy on your coffee table. Happy Halloween! 

DIY Skull Candy Bowl for Halloween | Revamperate

 

Halloween DIY Coffin Table Planter

Halloween DIY | Succulent Coffin Table Planter Halloween DIY | Succulent Coffin Table PlanterHalloween is one of my favorite holidays to decorate for (although Christmas still holds the #1 spot)! This year, I started planning my Halloween ideas out way in advance to ensure I wouldn’t be freaking out at the last minute trying to spin up DIYs and recipes, which has made this a pretty stress-free Halloween for me (YAY). Well, lucky for me, all of the department stores had the same idea, so I started seeing all of the Halloween decorations come out in early August and started buying up a storm. 

I stumbled across this coffin-shaped box while I was at Michaels and thought I could do something with it, but I didn’t know what yet. I went ahead and bought it while I thought of something to use it for and decided it was destined to be a succulent planter, but it was missing something…a body. The next time I went to Michaels, it was packed with people searching for Halloween decorations and I found this hanging skeleton that was almost the perfect size for my coffin. 

As my plan came together, I created this spooky coffin table planter filled with dark succulents and bones coming out from the dirt. My cats promptly destroyed it when I was done, but I managed to put it back together and get some enjoyment out of it…it’s definitely one of my favorite decorations this year!

Halloween DIY | Succulent Coffin Table Planter Halloween DIY | Succulent Coffin Table PlanterTime: 20 minutes 

Supplies:

  • Coffin form (about 1-foot tall)
  • Black spray paint (optional)
  • Succulents 
  • Succulent soil
  • Rocks
  • Sand
  • Small skeleton

First of all, if your coffin is plain wood, give it 1-2 coats of black spray paint and let it dry completely before you do anything else. I actually found one that was already black, so it saved me a step or two. 

Then pour a layer of rocks into the coffin until you have about a 1/2 inch layer all the way across. Then cover with a layer of sand – you can use any color because you won’t be able to see it. Pour soil over the sand and plan out where you’d like your succulents and skeleton to be.  

Halloween DIY | Succulent Coffin Table Planter Halloween DIY | Succulent Coffin Table PlanterIf you have a full skeleton like mine, break it up. I didn’t want to use the entire thing, so I broke off the feet, arms, rib bones and head to place toward the middle of the coffin, peeking through the soil. For the hands in particular, I poked the bones into the dirt in a way that makes it look like someone is trying to break out of their grave. ZOMBIES! And then you can barely see a foot and the rib cage through the dirt with the skull slightly covered with a succulent. 

I used a few small and mini succulents to plant around the skeleton, but I didn’t want to place them too close together so that you could still see the skeleton bones peeking through. Plant the succulents and add additional soil on top as needed. As far as the type of succulents to buy, it’s completely up to you, but remember that you’ll need to be able to see the skeleton, so don’t buy anything too large, tall or viney that might get in the way. I loved the really dark blackish and purple colored succulents because they reminded me of Halloween, so those were my first choice. I also added a couple mini plants to add variety.

When you’re satisfied with your layout, lay out the coffin table planter on your coffee table or dining room table. Now you’re one step closer to Halloween! 

Halloween | Candy Corn Blondies

Candy Corn Blondies | Revamperate Candy Corn Blondies | RevamperateMost people would give me the weirdest look for saying this, but I LOVE candy corn. I probably am the only one even buying candy corn…but I look forward to this time of year because it’s socially acceptable for me to stuff my face with candy corn. Well, not really, because I would get really sick, but I eat a lot of it. Even as I write this, I’m munching on leftover candy corn from today’s recipe. No shame. 

Last year, I made what will always be one of my favorite recipes of all time (and one of my most popular posts). Check out these homemade butterfingers bars to see what I mean! Hint: they’re made with candy corn and you would never guess it. 

In true pre-Halloween fashion, I had to make something with candy corn in it, so I made candy corn blondies with white chocolate chips. The candy corn melted into the batter, making these perfectly sweet and gooey. It’s almost like there’s a candy coating on the bottom of the blondies or something. 

Candy Corn Blondies | RevamperateIngredients (makes on 9×9 in. pan):

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted 
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup flour 
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup candy corn
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and line a 9×9 inch pan with parchment or coat the pan with cooking spray. 

Melt the butter in a small microwave-safe bowl and then pour into your mixer. Let it cool for a minute before adding additional ingredients. Mix in the egg, sugars and vanilla. Mix in the flour and baking powder by hand, folding in the dry ingredients until barely combined. Then stir in the candy corn and white chocolate chips. 

Candy Corn Blondies | Revamperate Candy Corn Blondies | RevamperateMove the batter to the coated 9×9 inch pan and bake for about 25 minutes. Because of the sugar in the candy corn, you might find that it bubbles if the candy corn is on top or hitting the metal. To avoid this, do not overbake and keep an eye on them during the last few minutes in the oven. If you see the candy bubbling, cover the pan with a sheet or aluminum foil or parchment paper. In my batch, the candy corn stayed to the middle or bottom of the blondies as the batter baked and overtook the top of the pan, so this wasn’t a problem. 

Remove from the oven and let cool completely before cutting, about one hour. When you cut them, the melted candy will make them a little sticky and difficult to cut, so it’s much easier when they’re completely cooled. Then devour them. Enjoy! 

The Home Depot Halloween Style Challenge: Creepy, Crawly Dining Room Decor

Creepy, Crawly Halloween Dining Room Decor | Revamperate
Happy Halloween! I was thrilled to be invited to participate in The Home Depot Halloween Style Challenge this year, and they challenged me with decorating a dining room with some fun decorations, including LOTS of spiders. I used my aunt’s house to decorate this creepy, crawly dining room with several of Home Depot’s Halloween supplies and lots of quilt batting spider webs. 

Visit The Apron Blog to see the full article on decorating your dining room for Halloween! Also, check back for more Halloween DIYs over the next few weeks! 

DIY Fall Leaves Wreath

DIY Fall Leaves Wreath | Revamperate DIY Fall Leaves Wreath | Revamperate
Happy first day of fall!

The only real downside to living in California is the lack of seasons. Specifically, the lack of autumn because the leaves barely change color here in SoCal. It’s the one thing I don’t like about SoCal. Oh, and the traffic. I really enjoy fall and wish that we could enjoy it more here, but I still love the sightly cooler weather so that I can wear cozy sweaters and eat soup again after several months of summer. It’s officially socially acceptable to decorate for fall so I’m jumping right into it. After all, as soon as Starbucks starts selling pumpkin spice lattes, it means summer is really over.

Anyway, to kick off the season I’m sharing one of my favorite fall DIYs! I made this fall leaves wreath to hang on my door this year leading up to Thanksgiving. Then, of course, I’ll swap out my Christmas decorations. (yay, it’s almost Christmas! Kind of…)

DIY Fall Leaves Wreath | Revamperate
Time: 25 minutes

Supplies:

  • Styrofoam wreath form (about 12 inch diameter) 
  • Fake fall leaves (various colors and sizes)
  • Pins (like those used for sewing)
  • Glue gun
  • Extra fall decorations (like the mini bulbs I used)
  • Burlap ribbon (or cut burlap) 

I found a large selection of fall leaves at Michaels recently – both the kind on stems and the kind in bags. For this project, I recommend the leaves that come in bags so that you don’t have to bother cutting them from branches. The amount you need is based on the size of your wreath. I purchased about 4 bags and had more than enough for this project.

Using pins to place your leaves is optional, but I found them really helpful for laying out the placement of my leaves before I glued them down. 

To get started, lay out your leaves according to size. Use the pins to place your leaves on the wreath form, varying the sizes and colors so that it looks like it would on a tree. You’ll want the leaves to overlap slightly and all face the same direction (i.e. leaves facing left and continuing all the way around). To make sure the wreath looks full, continue placing the leaves on the sides. You should be able to view it from the side and not see styrofoam. 

As you go and confirm the placement of a portion of your leaves, go ahead and glue them down with your glue gun. It will be easier to glue them in pieces rather than pinning ALL the leaves and then having to go back, so do them in sections around the wreath. Also, when gluing, try to only glue the bottom portion of the leaf in place so that the top can flow out and give the wreath depth. 

DIY Fall Leaves Wreath | RevamperateDIY Fall Leaves Wreath | Revamperate
Continue pinning and gluing your wreath in sections all the way around your wreath until your satisfied with the placement of everything. If you make a mistake, just pull the leaves off (even if they’re glued) and replace them as needed. It shouldn’t do too much damage to the leaf or the wreath. If it does ruin your leaf, no worries. You may even be able to hide that one beneath other leaves so that you won’t even see the damage. 

Add more little pieces of fall garnish if you want. I added those colorful little bulbs in some spots. 

Once done, cut several pieces of burlap ribbon:

  • Two 1-foot-long pieces
  • One 5-inch-long piece

Loop a 1-foot-long piece around the top of your wreath and glue the ends together. Gluing burlap together can be difficult, so just be careful not to burn yourself! Let dry completely.

DIY Fall Leaves Wreath | Revamperate
To make the bow, loop the other 1-foot-long piece around 2 times. If you hold your fingers in the middle, it should look like a bow. If it does, good! If not, adjust the loop or cut the burlap to your desired length until it starts to look like a bow. Cut a small piece of string and tie a knot around the middle to secure it (see above picture). Then use the 5-inch-long piece of burlap to wrap around the middle, covering the string. Glue it on the backside and let dry so that it holds in place. Then glue the back of the bow to the bottom of your burlap loop. 

Once it’s all dry and secure, hang the finished wreath on your door and you’re set for the start of fall! Happy decorating! 

DIY Fall Leaves Wreath | Revamperate

Homemade Butterfingers Bars

Homemade Butterfingers Bars Homemade Butterfingers BarsYou know what’s great about Halloween (besides costumes and decorations)? Candy! Especially when it’s half off after Halloween.

Fun fact about me – I absolutely love candy corn, something that most people don’t usually like. As I was looking up things to make with candy corn (because there’s such a limited window that you can find the stuff), I came across something a little surprising. Did you know you can make homemade butterfingers with candy corn?! Immediately I knew I had to try it.

The best thing about this recipe is how easy it is with only three ingredients.

To make about 12 mini bars, you’ll need:

  • 1 cup (8 oz) of candy corn
  • 1 cup of creamy peanut butter
  • 1 bag of chocolate chips

On the stove, melt the peanut butter and candy corn together on low or medium-to-low heat. Stir continuously as the candy corn begins to soften and melt. I found it easier to put the peanut butter in first because the candy corn gets so sticky against the pot when melting.

When the mixture is completely melted and stirred together, it should have a thick consistency. Remove from heat. Lightly spray a square or rectangular pan with cooking spray, and use a spatula to spread the mixture into the pan. Press down and into the corners of the pan until it is flat and about ½ inch thick (much like you would with rice krispie treats). If it is not enough to fill your pan, simply use the spatula to make the end as straight as possible.

Let it sit until it is completely cool, and use a sharp knife to cut small bars out of the pan. I made mine about 1 inch wide and 3 inches long.Homemade Butterfingers BarsMelt the chocolate chips on defrost mode for about 40 seconds, then stir, and repeat in 10-20 second intervals until the chocolate is completely melted. If needed, add a tablespoon of vegetable oil to the chocolate to thin it out a little. Use a fork to dip the butterfingers centers in chocolate and set on a piece of parchment paper to harden.Homemade Butterfingers Bars Homemade Butterfingers Bars Homemade Butterfingers BarsJust like that you have delicious bite sized homemade butterfingers! Not only are they so simple to make, they actually do taste like the real thing, and I bet you never thought candy corn would be the secret ingredient. You’ll never buy a butterfingers from the store again. Enjoy!




Layered Spice Cake with Butter Rum Cream Cheese Frosting (Eggnog Cake)

Spice Cake with Butter Rum Frosting I’m really happy to share this recipe with you guys because this turned out to be an amazing cake when I wasn’t sure what to expect. Being a blogger, there’s a lot of trial and error. I try lots of recipes that don’t work out, but this one did, and as it turned out, this cake tastes like delicious spiced eggnog. Rum cream cheese frosting (which tastes like actual rum, btw) is probably my new favorite frosting. It’s like Christmas in a cake, and while it may only be early November, you need this cake in your life. Trust me.

Here’s the best part – this is also one of the easiest cake recipes because it uses boxed cake mix. Seriously, I swear by boxed cake mix.

For the cake, you’ll need:

  • 2 boxes of spiced cake mix
  • Eggs
  • Vegetable oil
  • Water

For the frosting (aka, the best part), you’ll need:

  • 2 8 oz. packages of cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup of butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups sifted confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp butter rum flavoring

First, bake the cake by the instructions on the package. I used two boxes, which made me three 9-inch round cakes. While they bake, start making your frosting.

Beat together the softened butter and cream cheese until creamy and add in the vanilla and butter rum flavoring. Slowly sift in the sugar and continue to beat for several minutes until the frosting is creamy and no longer grainy. Spice Cake with Butter Rum Frosting Spice Cake with Butter Rum Frosting Once your cakes are done baking and have cooled completely, carefully cut off the domes of the cakes. Layer the cakes with frosting and use a spatula to spread the rum cream cheese frosting over the cake. Serve and prepare to be amazed (if you like eggnog) because this cake is one of my personal favorites now. I also made this recipe as cupcakes, which you can see here. Enjoy!

Halloween Treat: Eyeball Cupcake Toppers

DSC_1043 DSC_1038Happy Halloween, everyone! In need of a last minute Halloween treat? Well, these eyeball cupcake toppers will only take a few minutes, and the items can be found at the Dollar Store!

Try dressing up your cupcakes this year with eyeball cake toppers. Made of what, you might ask? Ping pong balls!

All you need is:

  • Pack of ping pong balls (from the Dollar Store)
  • Blue and black paint
  • Red Sharpie
  • Small paintbrushes

Use a small paintbrush to make a small black circle in the middle of the ball, outlined with a blue circle and then another circle of black to create the iris of the eye. Let the paint dry and paint a second coat until you’re satisfied with the color. Note, you might need more coats because the paint can come out pretty light.

Once all the paint is dry, use a red Sharpie to make creepy veins coming out from the iris of the eye. When the color has set, top these creepy little eyeballs on top of your cupcakes for a spooky Halloween treat!DSC_1077 DSC_1063These eyeball cupcake toppers are extremely easy to make in big batches, so they’re the perfect creepy themed treat for big get-togethers. Enjoy!