Well it was time for another craft night with the girls since Halloween was imminent. And crafting is always a stellar excuse for drinking wine, as it helps the creative juices flow. At least that’s what we like to tell ourselves!
Knowing the night was fast approaching, I was furiously searching the interwebs for a project. Naturally it had to have a vintage flair, and it had to be easy, so as not to distract from the drinking and gabbing.
This tutorial for votive candleholders intrigued me. Don’t these look cool? Loved the idea of cutting out the eyes so they glow when you light the candle. And it looked like they wouldn’t take very long.
But I’ve always loved the the graphics on vintage horror movie posters. And there were plenty online with skeleton heads, zombies and other monsters who had nice big eyes for the cutting. Mwwah ha ha!
Then off I went to Michael’s (and Total Wine) for all the necessary ingredients to make my vintage horror movie poster candleholders.
Here’s what you need.
Cylinder glass candleholders
I got mine at Michael’s. But I’m sure you can find them lots of other places,
including thrift stores.
I used a multi-purpose acrylic
Exacto knife and sponge brushes
I used antique matte, but I think any kind would do.
Cut all the eyes out
I even cut out the mouths on some of the monsters.
Made for more holes for the light to shine through!
Paint glass candleholder
Used a sponge brush to dab black paint on the top and bottom, but used silver for the middle
so the details of the pictures wouldn’t be lost.
Then I baked for 30 minutes at 350, according to instructions on paint bottle.
Let them cool!
Paste pictures onto glass
Brush Mod Podge onto glass. Stick your pictures on anyway you like.
Then Mod Podge over top of images.
I used three coats, letting them dry in between.
Here I cut out sections of a poster and pasted them for a collage effect.
And if you want to get more creative.
I had a round wood plaque laying around, so I painted it silver for a base for one of the candles.
I also wrapped some Halloween black and silver glitter garland around the base.(found at Michael’s for 70% off)
So there you have it. I used red votive candles. But this works with battery operated tea lights or even those little oil lamp candles.
For safety purposes if you were going to let these burn for extended periods, I would probably put a glass votive holder inside.
But there are certainly plenty of options to create a spooky lighting effect.