5-minute Striped Tights Jar Votives

Have I told you?  I’m getting married in less than a month.  Call it procrastination or just me being in an ultra crafty mood, but I decided to craft last night and today instead of working on wedding stuff. Ack!
I still think I’ve got most everything under control and not too much left, but you would think I’d be fixated on that. Instead I am up churning out ideas left and right. Haha.  Oh well, you are the beneficiaries of my fun Halloween ideas, so enjoy!  This idea came on a whim when I saw some leftover tights I wanted to wrap a pumpkin in.  I remember I tried it last year and the pumpkin idea wasn’t so great, but I thought, “How about a jar and create a luminary”.  2 hours later I was finished photographing my creations.  See below how you can make these inexpensive, yet striking votives for your spooky décor!
What you need:
– Striped tights (mine were around $3 a pair)
– Cylinder-shaped jars or vases
– Scissors

Cut the stocking/tights slightly larger than you think the jar is.

Slip the jar inside. Cut off excess if you want, just don’t make it to short, as you will want to fold it over.

Now roll or fold the stockings down around the lid.
If you use various pieces of the stocking, you will want to secure the bottom, so it doesn’t ball up at the bottom of your jar. I suggest using Tacky Glue or hot glue to do this trick. 
Drop some votives down in these babies and you are ready for a night of spooky fun!
There shouldn’t be a problem with them overheating or catching on fire, since the stocking surrounds the jar and doesn’t touch anywhere inside.
I think they turned out really fun!  Very Tim-Burtonesque, don’t you think?

Until next time Swellions!


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Green Slime Lantern

slime green lantern

Look! A little lantern Slimer would be proud of making! This little lantern was made in a flash. Here’s how you do it!

Green Slime Lantern

What you need:
– green paper lantern (I purchased mine at Michaels for a $1)
Tulip 3D Fashion Paint in green of your choice

What you do:
1. Open up your lantern and secure it so that it’s fully open.
2. Shake and squeeze the paint onto a paper plate to get the flow of paint started.
3. Squeeze your paint around the top of the lantern and create a dripping like shape around the entire top of the lantern. Go back and make areas thicker if you deem in necessary.

See, simple and fast. That’s my favorite Halloween craft!

Oh, and don’t forget that you can also use other Tulip 3D Paints on other color lanterns. An yellow lantern with orange dripping paint would shout Halloween or how about a white lantern with red Tulip paint for a spooky casting glow!

In honor of my 24 Halloween crafts in 24 hours, I’m giving away a Swell & Spooktastic Halloween prize pack. Click here to check it out and enter!

Check back next hour for another spooktacular Halloween craft!