I was trying to think of a quick Halloween project that used minimal colors and could be completed in just a few hours. When I looked at our candle holders, I knew exactly what I would do…turn them into Jack-o-Lanterns! With just a few colors, a stencil, and some basic highlighting and shading, these two candle holders were done and ready to use in my home. Even if you are a beginning painter and don’t know how to shade or highlight, you could even skip those steps, they are just as cute without that.
Here is what you will need:
DecoArt Americana Paint:
Hauser Dark Green
The first thing to do is paint the main portion of the tall candle holder and then entire small candle holder with Persimmon. Paint the top of the tall candle holder with Avocado, the base is painted Lamp Black. Let dry and then do any touch ups that you may need to do. Shade around the top and bottom of the orange sections with Burnt Sienna. Using Hauser Dark Green, shade the top and bottom of the green candle cup. Highlight the center of the green candle cup with Margarita. Highlight the centers of the orange sections with Torrid Orange. Let dry.
Pick your face that you want from your stencil, and with a pencil, trace the face onto the center of each candle holder. With the Identi Pen, trace the outline of the face and then fill in with Lamp Black, or you could even fill in the shapes with the bold side of the Identi Pen…the choice is up to you.
When dry, finish with a coat of gloss varnish for an extra shine. Add a raffia bow to the top of the large candle holder, or you could use some festive ribbon as well.
Now they are ready to enjoy for Halloween!