DIY: Upcycled Halloween Taper Holders

When digging out the mounds and mounds (and mounds*) of Halloween decorations from storage this year, I came across these awesomely scary tapers that my mom picked up for me last year.

IMG_2985LR
They’re obviously supposed to be skulls, but to me they look like ape skulls. I mean, ape skulls are still cool and all, but they don’t look human.
Price was right though - hooray for post-Halloween clearance sales!
Price was right though – hooray for post-Halloween clearance sales!

I wanted to set them out, but I had nary a taper holder in this whole household, much less one that would be suitable for Halloween. Since my mom loves to thrift shop, I set her on a mission for some taper holders I could use, and this is what she came up with.

Not the most Halloweeny thing I've ever seen, but definitely workable.
Not the most Halloweeny thing I’ve ever seen, but definitely workable. She paid 50¢ for the pair!

Mission: make these boring old oak taper holders Halloween appropriate!

Supplies:

Chalkboard paint
Chalkboard paint
Foam Brush
Foam Brush

The holders had some old wax on that I scraped off with a spoon, and they also had gold rims on the top – obviously that wouldn’t do.

IMG_2986LR
Somebody loved you, old oak taper holders.

Now to take care of those gold rims.

I dove into my polish stash and I came up with this Nailtini chrome/silver polish, I think this was from a Glossybox or an Ipsy bag. Anyway, it was silver toned without being too shiny.
I dove into my polish stash and I came up with this Nailtini chrome/silver polish, I think this was from a Glossybox or an Ipsy bag. Anyway, it was silver toned metallic without being too shiny.

I needed to rough up the surface of the tapers, but I couldn’t find any sandpaper, and I didn’t feel like looking too hard. Last year I bought a really nice sanding block for a project I never got around to, but I couldn’t find it at all. I dug under the sink looking for steel wool, and all I came up with was this magic eraser.

I admire my own ingenuity in trying this, but it didn't work at all.
I admire my own ingenuity in trying this, but it didn’t work at all.

Yeah, no. Didn’t work.

Not one for patience, I just dug in with painting the un-sanded tapers, figuring (correctly) that the chalkboard paint would stick to basically anything.

Here’s what they looked like after one coat. You’re supposed to do one coat horizontal, one coat vertical.

IMG_2993LR
The instructions said to wait 24 hours between coats, but instructions are for other people. I waited about an hour.

Here is what they looked like after two coats, and after I used the nail polish to (carefully!) paint the rims.

IMG_2994LR
I just realized that I inadvertently used Halloween colors (orange torn up Ulta bag and black disposable plate) to protect my work space. Good subconscious use of color, me.

I also used this glitter, the more chromey one from the set:

IMG_2979LR

I took a little in my hand and gently blew it into the wet paint, just to add a little something. Not overly glittery, but just a little fance.

I let them dry overnight, tied some twine around them, et voilà – Halloween appropriate taper holders:

IMG_2520LR
The tapers turned out to be a little too small at the base for the holders, so I used aluminum foil to keep them in place. You can still see that the rims are silver though. I think the random glitter sprinkles turned out well too.

I think these are a lovely addition to my spooky table this year, and the whole project cost under $5, including the candles.

LR

Hope you enjoyed this project, and I hope it inspires you to get out some black paint and Halloweenify some objects of your own!

*Actual conversation between me and my mom

Me: Man, I can’t find any good Halloween decorations in the stores this year.
Her: Is that possibly because you already own them all?

What do YOU think?

%d bloggers like this: