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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. 😉

New: Halloween serie

Since I’ve always been an Halloween freak for as long as I can remember, I decided that, until october 31st, I will have an Halloween serie on the blog.

This will include:

  • Halloween craft tutorials
  • Halloween book and magazines reviews
  • Makeup tutorials
  • Free goodies
  • General halloween inspiration!

I’ve already started some halloween posts in september, so you may check my holiday categorie for them.

Hope you’ll jump in the magic pumpkin with me for this october! 🙂

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! ^-^

Freebie: Halloween candy bag sticker

Here is a free halloween sticker that I made for you. 🙂

I made this sticker with the idea to decorate  thoses small brown paper bags that some of us use at Halloween, like theses:

But you could use it for any Halloween craft that fancy your mind, of course. 😉

Just click on the sticker image and you will be forwarded to my Flickr account where you will find it in 300 dpi (Printer friendly!) & free download.

You can print them on regular paper and just add some craft blue to make them stick.
Or you could buy thoses A4 size Avery sticker sheets they sell at your local stationery shop.


If I get good feedback on those kind of Halloween freebies, I may make some more. Just let me know if this is something you appreciate. 🙂

New Martha Stewart Halloween special 2009

I just found the latest issue of Martha Stewart Halloween special. Yes, already!
I’ve always been a huge fan of Halloween. In my opinion, it is one of best event to bring out your creativity!

And it seems that Morgane’s clone got a job at the Martha Stewart Headquarters. 😉 Oh, and the pumpkin is great too! It’s a mix of pumpkin cutting -and- painting. Awesome!

And the masks are back! For pumpkin decoration, that is. With a cat and a owl design, you can’t go wrong.

Speaking of owls, I love how they are all over in this year’s issue. For this craft, you just need to make sure you get the right pumpkins sizes & “look”.

Just like each year, they have fun and easy costume to make. I really wish Oli would dress up as a beekeeper, this year. Such a great idea!

And this is a candy dispenser, my friend. I thought it was a very un-martha-stewart craft as it is rather yucky. :-p But, personally, I love it!

And with every Martha magazine comes: comfort food!
What’s interesting is that not only you have some Halloween-inspired menue, but you also have some that are more autumn-oriented. Like rigatoni with roasted tomatoes or maple-walnut oatmeal cookie. Mmm…


My only disapointment for this issue is that, in the middle of the magazine, you have a 10-page advertisement by Grandin Road. The add has the same esthetic as the Martha Stewart magazines which makes you think it’s part of the magazine

I have nothing against advertissement, but I don’t like it when it’s made that way. It makes me feel as if I’ve been “fooled” and leave me with a  negative feeling.
Am I the only one feeling this?

And, was there a 2008 issue?? I have the 2007 one… do you know this?

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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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