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.

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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 | Black on Black Velvet Cupcakes

Black on Black Velvet Cupcakes | Revamperate Black on Black Velvet Cupcakes | RevamperateI’m in full Halloween mode now, and a good Halloween-themed cupcake recipe was at the top of my list this year. I thought it would be interesting to make black cupcakes, and black velvet cupcakes turned out to be the perfect thing. Much like a red velvet cake, cream cheese frosting is a match made in heaven, so a little black food coloring to a classic cream cheese frosting recipe topped off the cupcakes nicely. Best of all, I found these adorable printable tombstone cupcake toppers by Chicabug to really bring around the Halloween theme.  

Black velvet cupcakes have a couple key ingredients that differentiate them from your average chocolate cupcakes. First of all, you’ll probably notice an ingredient on this list that you don’t normally add to your cupcakes…vinegar. Black velvet cake also uses dark dutch-process cocoa powder and buttermilk, which makes the cupcakes incredibly fluffy and moist. Even after a night in the fridge, the cupcakes stayed soft and moist – something I often loose with other cupcake recipes. Even if you don’t tint them black, these cupcakes are seriously delicious!

Black on Black Velvet Cupcakes | RevamperateBlack velvet cupcake ingredients:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp black food coloring or soft gel paste
  • 3 tbsp dark dutch-process cocoa powder 
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp white vinegar 
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda 

To make the cupcakes, sift together the cocoa powder, flour, salt and baking powder in one bowl and set aside. Fitted with the whisk attachment, use your mixer to mix together the sugar, butter, oil and vanilla until fluffy. Add the food coloring and beat to combine. Mix in the egg. Add 1/3 of the dry ingredients and alternate with the buttermilk until all ingredients are combined. Lastly, mix in the vinegar.

Distribute the batter among 12-14 cupcake liners and bake on 350 degrees for about 20 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven to cool on a wire rack. 

Black on Black Velvet Cupcakes | RevamperateBlack cream cheese frosting ingredients:

  • 1 8 oz. package of cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar 
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract 
  • 1 tsp black food coloring or gel paste 

To make this spooky black frosting, beat together the cream cheese and butter with a paddle attachment. Slowly mix in the powdered sugar until you reach your desired sweetness – I prefer about 3 1/2 cups for this recipe. Then mix in the vanilla extract and black coloring until the frosting reaches its proper color. 

Once the cupcakes have cooled, pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes and top with Halloween toppers! 

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! 

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! 

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!




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!

Pineapple Halloween Costume

DSC_0934 DSC_0938If you’re down to the last minute and still looking for a Halloween costume to wear this weekend, I’ve got you covered with a super easy and super adorable pineapple Halloween costume. Now, before I tell you how to make this, I have to tell you the story behind it because every time I told someone I was going to be a pineapple for Halloween this year, they looked at me like I was crazy.

If you’re a How I Met Your Mother fan (which you all should be!), you might remember the pineapple incident…you know, that time Ted woke up with a horrible hangover, a random girl next to him and a pineapple on his nightstand. Well, that story wasn’t actually resolved until after HIMYM actually completed its final season. You can watch more on that moment here.

Anyway, Andrew and I were trying to think of good couples costumes for Halloween this year, but most of our ideas were coming up short because, let’s face it, it’s expensive to acquire certain pieces for Halloween costumes that you probably won’t wear again. I joked that we could be Ted and the pineapple, which I thought was pretty darn brilliant, but it was tough to figure out a Ted costume for Andrew. In the end, I stuck to my pineapple idea and Andrew decided to be a “hanging chad” with me, which was Ted’s Halloween costume for many years. So here it is in all of its glory – an extremely easy pineapple Halloween costume!

Here’s what you need:

  • Yellow dress
  • Brown sharpie
  • Ruler
  • Green cardstock
  • Toilet paper roll
  • Scissors
  • Clear glue
  • Headband
  • Wire and wire cutters

First, acquire a yellow dress if you don’t already have one, which I did not. I scrounged one up from the clearance racks at Forever 21 for only $6 (score!). If this is a dress you don’t plan to wear again like mine, use a brown sharpie and a ruler to draw crossing lines on the top part of the dress. It’s a lot easier that trying to draw on the entire dress because of the shape of the skirt.

Once that’s done, cut several varying sizes of leaves from your cardstock. I wanted mine to be tall but have lots of smaller leaves around it, so I cut about eight pieces total in different sizes and then glued them in layers around a toilet paper roll. Once you’re satisfied with the layers, use your fingers to carefully roll down the tips of the leaves to give them some details (trust me, it makes a difference).DSC_0968Using something sharp like a safety pin or tack, poke small holes on both sides of the toiler paper roll (now covered in paper). The holes should be across from each other about 1/4 inch from the base. Cut two pieces of wire about 3 inches long, and thread each one through the holes, wrapping them tightly around the top of the headband to secure the headpiece in place. I used a black headband, which blends in enough with my hair. If this isn’t the case for you, you can try painting the headband or wrapping it in brown fabric.DSC_0941Once your headpiece is securely held together, put it on and you’re completely pineappled! This costume really is an easy one to put together and you will certainly stand out at a party because I bet no one else would think of dressing up as fruit! Happy Halloween!

Halloween Decor: Painted Pumpkins

DSC_0980DSC_0937Only one more day til Halloween, which means only one more day for Halloween crafts! That’s the real tragedy, isn’t it? Well, when it gets this late and you’re looking for a last minute craft to decorate your home for Halloween, there’s nothing better than good ‘ol pumpkins.

While carving your pumpkins may the traditional route, painting them can be equally adorable and a little pop of color to your home. Instead of going with tradition this year, Andrew and I painted our pumpkins bright colors with fun patterns to brighten up the dining room, plus added some glitter to one to really make it pop. This is really easy and will even prolong the life of your pumpkins because they haven’t been carved!  DSC_0966DSC_0971Go ahead and get out of your pumpkin comfort zone! Painted pumpkins offer even more opportunities for creativity because you can paint whatever you want without limitations of cutting them weird. Paint them bright colors that aren’t necessarily “Halloweeny” and add patterns that YOU love. In our case, I painted a lavender pumpkin with gold herringbone lines one pumpkin, and Andrew painted his light blue with gold polkadots (he wasn’t really sure what was up with this whole “painting pumpkins” thing). Paint the stems a matching color for more uniformity and color! To decorate the small pumpkin, I covered it with Mod Podge and rolled it in a mixture of purple and silver glitter with a white painted stem.DSC_0965Painted pumpkins not be conventional, but they’re definitely more ME! Plus, I can keep them around after Halloween for a colorful table piece.