Yesterday I mentioned that I went to a thrift store earlier this week – the reason for the trip wasn’t for the Jack-O-Lanterns we made, but was to find some old, ugly and inexpensive candle holders. I wanted varying heights shapes and it didn’t matter what colour or condition the holders were in…
I found these:
and a few others, but these were particularly ugly (in my opinion).
Hallowe’en is the PERFECT time to thrift – you can find items for costumes and decor – all you need is a coat of black paint.
That’s all I did here, just a couple of coats of black craft paint (from the dollar store) and you’ve gone from ugly and dated, to dark and creepy.
Above you have the two candle holders I showed earlier, a glass one (the low wide mouth candle holder) and an empty wine bottle – just painted black. No top coat, no varnish, $1 craft paint on what amounted to $3 in thrifted items.
To make it extra-creepy, I dripped some wax down the edges to suggest that the candles had been lit for some time.
In total, I’d say this Hallowe’en vignette cost me about $11 total – including the paint and candles.
Daylight isn’t the best for creating a spooky ambiance – we need the darkness to drift in…
Of course I couldn’t leave out my wood block Jack-O-Lanterns.
I’m all set!
I’ve got everything but the candy – and that’s only for my own welfare.
Have a great one!