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Halloween serie: Pumpkin candles craft

The other day, I remembered that I wanted to make this Martha Stewart Halloween craft from her 2007 special. Basically, it is re-melted candles in a small pumpkin/acorn squash.

It’s a great Halloween project, but mine didn’t turn out as well. :-p I’m sure yours will be better. Here’s what you need:

  • Small pumpkin (acorn squash kind)
  • Knife
  • Spoon
  • Melon baller (You may use a spoon, like I did. But they may be useful if you already have one.)
  • Old candles you would like to re-melt or regular craft candle wax (I used some soy wax I had.)
  • Candle wick with a metal tab at the end.
  • A sauce pan set over a pot of boiling water. (Bain-marie style)
  • Candle coloring wax (optionnal)

Remove the top of your acorn squash and start removing seeds and pulp with your spoon.

Take your melon baller (or spoon) to remove more pulp in vertical stripes to mimic the outside shape of your pumpkin. It’s a tricky part but once you get the hang of it, it’s all good.

While working on your pumpkin, melt the wax in a saucepan set over a pot of boiling water. I used my big Pyrex bowl in my tinyest pot. It works a wonder.

I also added an orange candle coloring piece of wax to give it an Halloween feel.

Once your wax will have all melted, you should be done carving your pumpkins. The melting time depends on how much wax you have, this may take about 30 minutes.

Pour the melted wax in your carved pumpkin.
Add the wick in your pumpkins right after. It won’t stand still at the beginning but, after a couple of minutes,  the wax will start “fixing” you will be able to place it the way you want it.

Let sit until squash is cool to the touch, about 4-5 hours. Peel away squash with a knife when it’s ready.


Okay, you may laugh. Here’s my pumkin “we didn’t turned out how you expected” candles:


Here’s my mistakes so you won’t make them:

1) I didn’t pour in enough wax in each pumpkin. Perhaps I should have made just one candle instead of two. :p
So make sure you put enough wax in your pumpkins.

2) My orange color looks a little fade. I should have put just a little more. So don’t be afraid to put too much color if you wish to.
And if you used some already colored candles, it will have a more “natural” look.

I am sure  yours will turn out better than mines. 😉

Another Halloween trick-or-treat bag project

I’m really into Halloween crafts, lately. I’m trying to get everything done before everyone else. Eheh. 😉

Other than using my free stickers, I am also planning on making theses cute muslin candy bags for Halloween from Marthat Stewart’s Living magazine of October 2008. (Yes, it is an “oldie”. :p)

It’s very simple, you need:

  • Muslin bags (You can get them at this Etsy shop)
  • Apple (This will be your “stamp”)
  • X-acto knife
  • Foam brush
  • small cosmetic sponge (1$ store kind)
  • Acrylic paint (orange & green)

01. Cut an apple in two, vertically. Use your x-acto knife and carve out the pumpkin face.
02. With your foam brush, apply a thin layer of your acrylic paint. Stamp.
03. To create stem shape, cut off the tip of your small cosmetic sponge, dip in green paint. Stamp.

Only 31 days left untill Halloween! ^-^

Inspiration: Making your drawn characters into plush toys

Another project on my “to-do” list, is to make plush toys inspired of my drawings.
Here are a few example of artists who managed to do this well:

By Pinkytoast
Ever thought of drawing on the fabric itself? Me either! :-p This is one great idea, just make sure the crayons you use are water-resistant.

By Robyn Fabsit
Do you recognize him? It’s the flying monkeys from “Magician of Oz”. Awesome!

By Junkerjane
A nice and simple character design can go a long way! The big black button used for the eye reminds me a little of the amazing Coraline animated movie.

By Violetta Testacalda
This beautiful fox’s fabric have been painted as well. It makes you think of another use of texture rather than using fabrics.

By Revoluzza
Of course, you could also use tons of different fabrics to make a simple character design stand out. (Robooooots! Yay!)

Here are some online tutorials & books to give it a try and get inspired:

Make a Plush Toy tutorial by Computer Arts
How-To: Make a 3-D Plush Pattern from a 2-D Drawing from Biz Miss.
Make a Plush Toy tutorial on Deviant art by Keysha-Chan

Softies; Simple Instructions for 25 Plush Pals by Therese Laskey & Laurie Frankel

Sock and Glove: Creating Charming Softy Friends from Cast-Off Socks and Gloves by Miyako Kanamori

Which reminds me I have one UFO to finish from that book! :-p

Craft tutorial duo: Lunchbag + reusable sandwich wrap

Here are some awesome “Back to school”. craft tutorials that I am planning to make during the year as they are useful and so pretty for the eye.

The first one is a Back to School Lunch Bag from The Purl bee.

The second one is a  Reusable Sandwich Wrap from Betz White from Craftstylish.

I love how theses crafts are green and good for your pocket change (and more! :-p)
Not only do you save money on buying small plastic lunch bags, but you also save by eating a good homemade lunch instead of a 10$ meal at the foodcourt.

Which mean you’ll have more money to buy art & craft supplies! :-p

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My name is Fanie and I’m a Montreal based illustrator & graphic designer. You may know me from drawing The Crafty Life comic in CLM. I ♥ comics, vegan food & ghost stories.

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