Tuesday, February 17, 2015


This diy comes from www.mrprintables.com . Some really spooky candle wrappers!  If you don't like the waxy mess from candles, I would just use the led votive candle you can get at the Dollar Store.  They are usually 2 or 3 to a pack for a dollar! (what a bargain!)

Spooky Halloween Candle Wrappers

Halloween > Printable Halloween Decorations
If you want to create that haunted house feel or spooky garden path full of spider webs, bats flying around, ghosts crawling about but don't actually fancy real spiders, blood thirsty bats or shivery ghosts - these flickering Halloween candle wrappers will help create that perfect spooky and atmospheric decoration.

Halloween Printables

These candle wrappers are designed to wrap around a glass, using a t-light candle inside, or around a large diameter white pillar candle, never with any candle with an exposed flame. Of course please take care to keep the candles out of small children's reach.
T-lights can sometimes crack a thin glass base so you may want to float the t-lights in a little water, great also for extra stability when used outside.
Simply print them on plain papers and wrap around your glasses and candles, they have vellum paper like effect when the candle's lit and a great spooky flickering light, indoors or out!

Ghost Candle Wrapper

Halloween Printables candle wrap 1

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Bat Candle Wrapper

Halloween Printables candle wrap 2

Spider Candle Wrapper

Halloween Printables candle wrap 2

You will need

plain paper
white pillar candles or T-lights with glasses


   This is another diy from lifeartcollide.blogspot.com .  What an ingenious person this is.  Just wanted to share another great thing to make.

Homemade Apothecary Jars

How much fun was it to make my own set of creepy apothecary jars! They are going to look amazing on my Halloween treat table this year. I've put together a little bit of a How-To for anybody who wants the basics on how to make their own apothecary jars. Get your family involved in this fun Halloween project, you'll have a great time filling jars...just keep your eye on Grampa's teeth or they may end up in one!

Keep your eyes open for all types of jars! Start by looking at home you’d be surprised what you’ll find hiding in your kitchen cupboards and medicine cabinet. Other great sources: Dollar stores, garage sales, home d├ęcor centers, kitchen supply outlets, recycling centers and second hand stores.
Try using candy jars, home canning jars, perfume bottles, wine bottles, liqueur bottles, food coloring bottles, jam jars, and olive oil bottles.
Now gather up some creepy crawly nasty bits of fun to put inside your jars. This time of year is great for finding discounts in the fishing sections of sporting good stores or local department stores. Look for grubs, minnows, leeches and frogs. BEWARE don’t buy the scented varieties...they smell like rancid fish oil!

Spirit Halloween stores also carry bags of mice, cockroaches, worms, bats...etc.
Take a trip through your variety stores for things that might look fun inside a jar like rubber frogs, lizards and snakes. Black flies, spiders  cockroaches and mice all work great. Skulls, small skeletons, fangs, false teeth and eyeballs look very freaky squeezed into jars. Peek around outside for leaves, twigs, seed pods, butterfly wings and dandelion fluff ...let your imagination go wild!


 Other supplies to gather would include: twine, corks, beeswax, tea bags, alchohol inks, labels, non-bleachedcoffee filters and brown florist tape (shown here, available at Michaels):

Squeeze your ghoulish goodies inside the jars. Fill your jars with tap water. The water can be tinted with food coloring, tea or alcohol based inks or use olive oil by itself. Slide a wooden skewer or knife around the objects in the jar to release trapped air bubbles. Secure the lid or push in the cork depending on the container being used. If the bottle does not have the original cork, new corks can be purchased at some craft stores or wine bottlers. Carve down the new cork with a knife to make a tight fit in the bottle.


 Wrap a portion of the cork and bottle neck with brown florist’s tape to mimic a wax seal.  

Wrap with jute secured with white glue. Brush the cork, florist tape and twine with melted beeswax. I melt my beeswax by placing it in an old glass bowl then I place that dish into my slow-cooker (used just for this purpose) set on high. This is my method, I'm sure there are other ways out there on the net.

 For large jars wrap a brown (non-bleached) coffee filter over the top and secure with jute.  Brush the entire coffee filter with melted beeswax. The wax will whiten with age as the years pass thus adding to the aged effect.

Apply a label to each of your jars, using white glue, for the final touch.




   Every culture and many families have tradition's and superstitions about foods that will ensure a prosperous New Year.  With the state of the economy and all the financial woes it has caused in 2009, it might not hurt for us to lean toward the superstitious side this New Year's day.  So, if you don't have any of the following foods in your kitchen right now, you might want to make a "good luck" run to the store!

Vegetables Associated with Good Luck for the New Year

   There is a tradition of eating black-eyes peas on January 1st, it is a common good luck food in the southern United States, black-eyed peas are thought to bring prosperity, their shape and abundance representing coins.  Other vegetables that are considered lucky are: Lentils, they resemble coins and are thought to bring good fortune and represent growing wealth.  Greens (kale, collards), are thought to be the color of money, they are thougtht to bring wealth and prosperity.  Cabbage, because their leaves are representative of paper money!

Pigging out during New Year's Day Dinner!

   While fish is considered lucky in NOrth America, Asia, and Europe (it's believed it represents moving forward), the overwhelming international choice for "good luck" meat is pork.  The pig or hog meat is considerd lucky because it symbolizes prosperity.

Good Luck Fruits to Eat on New Year's Day

   Many traditions include certain fruits that are believed to symbolize prosperity or good luck, such as :
   Pomegranates, associated with abundance and fertility (This could be good or bad, depending!).  Citrus, because tangerine and orange sound much like luck and wealth, respectively, in the Chinese language.  Grapes, eating 12 grapes at midnight for a prosperous, sweet year!

Good Luck Carbs

   Forget the low-carb diet for one day.  Make some rice pudding and hide an almond in the center.  Eat noodles, but be sure to eat them whole, not broken!  Many countries have traditions that include eating cakes and pastries that are baked in a ring or round shape.  Eat like the French do, and eat a stack of pancakes for good luck.  Indulge in a donut, since the Dutch believe that this sugary treat's circular shape is lucky!

Bad Luck Food Warning for New Year

   Some people believe that we should not eat anything white, because white represents death.  However in Sicily eating lasagna is lucky (but not macaroni).  In further opposition to this warning, many cultures swear that eating rice creates good luck in the new year.
   Some say not to eat chicken or anything with wings as this might make our good luck fly away.  This superstition for some, may include fish, if it is not eaten before midnight, if it is after your good luck may SWIM away!
  Not cleaning your plate, leaving that last bit is believed to assure that you will have food on your plate for the rest of the year!!