These spooky Halloween candleholders made with vintage photos and Mod Podge are fun holiday decor – and you can make them in minutes!
Somehow an unexpected Halloween party is going to occur at my house this coming weekend. It was one of those conversations with friends that went from “yeah, that sounds like fun” to “ack! now I have to actually do it!” really fast.
Although I make some (I think) fun Halloween decor items (Candles, coasters, signs) for my Etsy shop, to be honest, I don't usually decorate for Halloween. So I needed to pull some stuff together and thought I'd share my first project.
I was looking for something for the center of the table. Whatever it was going to be it needed to be inexpensive, easy and quick. I wandered the thrift store aisles and came up with this idea.
Spooky Halloween Candleholders
For this project I used:
- Thrift Store Jars
- Old photos downloaded from the web
- An awl (I believe that's the official name – I tend to call it “that pointy thing that I don't know why I have or where it came from.”) – a toothpick, craft knife or anything sharp would work
- Black spray paint
- Matte Mod Podge
- Electric Tealights
- Some scrap wood
A quick Google search for “Spooky Victorian Photos” quickly provided tons of possibilities. I downloaded a good selection and resized them to fit my black vases. This took some measuring and trimming but it was quick work.
Before attaching the photos to the vases I used my awl to . . . poke out their eyes! . . . which, though it seems silly, honestly made me feel kinda bad . . . so, my apologies Victorian People – I'm sure you were very nice and it's just the long exposure times and a distinct lack of moisturizer that makes you look a bit scary these days.
I used Matte Mod Podge to attach the pics to my Halloween candleholders. I spread the MP on the vase and just a thin layer on the back of the picture and then smoothed them together.
To keep things moving, I did one side of each vase at a time. By the time I'd done the fourth vase, the first one was dry enough to do another side without risking messing up the part I'd already done.
A quick coat of Mod Podge sealed everything on my Halloween candleholders in place.
Now here they are with the lights lowered for a party:
Have a great Halloween everyone!
Final Thoughts on the Project
- If you're in a hurry, stick with straight sided vases – I like the tapered shapes that I used but trimming things to fit slowed me down a bit
- I used the glass vases because of the varied sizes and shapes but you could use PVC pipe, cardboard tubes – pretty much anything – you'd just have to drill the eyes out.
- I think electric lights are a must for this – not because it's much of a fire or heat danger just because you don't have to think about them as the evening goes on.
- For maximum glowy eye effect try to keep all the eyes on roughly the same level for each jar. I got lucky and did it by accident but if you have some pics where the eyes are down low and some where they eyes are up high they won't glow evenly.
- this would also be fun spread out on a mantle or a bookshelf.