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.
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.
Mission: make these boring old oak taper holders Halloween appropriate!
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.
Now to take care of those gold rims.
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.
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.
Here is what they looked like after two coats, and after I used the nail polish to (carefully!) paint the rims.
I also used this glitter, the more chromey one from the set:
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:
I think these are a lovely addition to my spooky table this year, and the whole project cost under $5, including the candles.
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