Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Creepy Dripping Candle

Here is one of my newest projects.  I found this idea in the book, "How To Haunt Your House".  Here is how I did it.
  1. Buy a PVC connector from your local hardware store.  Mine is about 3 1/2 inches wide and cost less than $2.  
  2. Buy a piece of thick styrofoam.  I had a scrap 1 1/2 inch thick piece left over from another project.
  3. Buy a white battery operated tea light.  I could only find orange, so I had to paint it white.
  4. Grab your glue gun and a boat load of glue sticks. I used 9(?) full size (10 inch) glue stick.
  5. Press PVC connector into styrofoam to leave an impression. Cut out circle with a serrated knife.
  6. Put tea light in the center of circle and trace around it.  Using an X-acto knife, cut a hole without going all the way through, so the tea light can sit inside.
  7. Push styrofoam into PVC connector, pushing it down about 1/2 inch below the rim of the PVC.
  8. Place a piece of wax paper under your PVC.  Start applying hot glue to the top and sides of candle; trying to make it look like a real dripping candle. I also added glue to the top of the styrofoam just up to the edge of the candle hole and I let glue pool (on the wax paper) at the base of the candle.  *You can put a square or round object under your wax paper to mimic the edge of a mantle, etc. and let the glue make long drips down the side of the object.  Once it has cooled, you can place it on the edge of your mantle and it will look like it is dripping over the edge.
  9. Build up the top melted edge.  Let the glue cool between layers to help build up edge.  The book suggests, "One way to help build height is to hold the freshly glued PVC upside down over a bowl of ice. Keep PVC moving so the glue does not run off the PVC."  I did this, but had to pick up the whole piece of wax paper, since it was stuck to it.
  10. The book SAYS that hot glue does not stick to wax paper, but mine did.  It was easy enough to remove, but since the wax paper is pretty clear, you can't see the little pieces that I couldn't get off.
  11. Once it is cooled, place the tea candle into the styrofoam.  Turn down the lights and turn it on.  It really does look like a candle, with the top (built up edge) glowing with the flickering of the candle.
PVC connector

 Blessings, Tracy

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