Steampunk Inspired Tutorial
As well as my usual stitching, I'm also busy preparing for George's Halloween birthday party. I kept my eyes open throughout the Summer car boot sale season for anything fitting our Victorian Gothic / Steampunk theme and now have lots of lovely upcycling projects to share over the next few weeks!
Firstly we want the house to be candlelit for the dinner but I was taken aback by the price of pillar candles in the shops, so they were a definite on my 'booting hit-list', (provided they cost 20p or less!) Luckily I found plenty but, having been purchased secondhand, they were all different sizes and varying shades of white and cream. Some of them were also warped, presumably having being displayed on sunny windowsills, and all were rather grubby. They were therefore in desperate need of a revamp and here are the results;
Steampunk Inspired Candles
I had already designed the party invitations and the artwork I used was also perfect for this project. Having the same strong images running throughout creates unity, and a gives far more stylish and glamorous feel than you would expect from a thrifted event!
Easy DIY Printed Candle Tutorial
The candles were super easy to produce and cost mere pennies using materials you probably already have;
Inkjet printer or ink-pad and stamps
An uninspiring grubby start!
The first step is to transfer your chosen images to the tissue paper. If you have suitable Halloween stamps simply use these, otherwise a quick search of the internet will throw up hundreds of possibilities!
I was using printed images, so cut down a sheet of tissue paper to the same size as a regular sheet of copier paper. My tissue was upcycled from gift packaging so I also gave it a quick press with my iron before securing it to the copier paper with a tiny dab of glue in each corner. Both sheets were then feed thorough the printer in the usual manner.
Here they come!
Now cut out the printed images, trimming closely to the outlines. Depending on the sharpness of your scissors it might be easier to achieve this whilst the tissue is still backed with the thicker printer paper.
The final stage is to fix the trimmed images to the candle fronts using the heat from your hairdryer. Another quick dab of glue stick prevents an image from fluttering off in the warm air before it's fully fused!
As the hairdryer heats up the candle, the edges of the tissue paper magically disappear, sinking gently into the molten wax. In the above photo you can just make out the tissue edge around the skeleton's right hand and leg but in another second or two they'll be gone!
Halloween Gothic Candles