Witchcrafts: Pumpkin Spice Balm and Candles

wc2Autumn brings all things Pumpkin Spice. It is an obsession for many here in the United States, this pumpkin and the heady warmth of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and clove. To add to the mania, I present this DIY recipe for homemade Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm. The pumpkin gives it a natural tint, and the spices add the necessary seasonal scent. What better way to keep lips kissable during shortening days swirling with gem-bright leaves and haunting nights?

 

Ingredients:

 

2 Tablespoons of bees wax pellets

1 Tablespoon coconut oil

Optional: 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil

½ teaspoon fine ground pumpkin spice

¾ teaspoon pumpkin puree

 

wc3Set a small pyrex container in a pot filled with 2-3 cups of water. Melt bees wax and coconut oil in this “double boiler.” Once melted, add vitamin E if desired. Stir in pumpkin puree and spices until evenly dispersed. Carefully pour mixture into small lip balm containers or cleaned and used EOS container.

 

The final product is nourishing, tastes yummy, and smells divine.

My son and I recycled some cardboard tubes (from T.P. and paper towels) and bought inexpensive battery operated tea lights to create safe and striking candles. To create them, we hot-glued the tea lights to the top of the tube, “flame” side up. I allowed the hot glue to drip over the outside of the cardboard tube, giving the appearance of melted wax.

The color of your tempera paint and coordinating glitter can be dictated by your decorating theme. My son used black tempera paint to cover the entire tube, the dried hot glue, and the plastic cap of the tea light, avoiding the actual flame. While the paint was still wet, he sprinkled it with black glitter to give that additionally magical look.

The only drawback to this project is the tea light is secured at the top of the tube, which makes turning the candles off and on a bit of a challenge. To do so, we used a barbeque skewer to flip the switch since our hands wouldn’t fit inside the tube.

Arranged together, the faux candles make a striking display.

Witchcrafts: Ghost Foot Prints

gfpFor my annual pumpkin carving party, I needed a super-fast and fun Halloween craft. I bought some 5” X 7” black archival board, dipped the bottom of my kid-guests’ feet in white paint, careful to be certain to coat their toes, and pressed the paper to the black paper. I then had the kids press their thumbs into black paint and press their thumbprint to the center of their heels to make an ominously open mouth. Two index fingers placed above the thumbprints became eyes. I allowed the pages to dry and then placed them in inexpensive frames as party favors. The kids’ parents loved the resultant artwork as much as I enjoyed helping the kids make them.

 

To make:

 

  1. Brush white paint over cute little feet.

  2. Press wet painted foot to dark colored, acid-free matting, board, or paper.

  3. Wipe off the little feet. (They often want to run about, after all, and unless you relish some ghostly footie prints on your carpeting, it is best to attend to this step as soon as an acceptable print is acquired.)

  4. Set aside and allow to dry. (If you did not use much paint, this step will not take long.)

  5. Once footprint is dried, press the little haunter’s thumb into black paint to make a nose. Use the index finger to make eyes.

  6. Allow to dry.

  7. Don’t forget to sign and date the print, either front or back as you prefer.

  8. Frame and add to your Halloween decorating.

Happy haunting!

Halloween Decorations: Jack O’the Mantel

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halloween recycleTo reinforce my kindergartner’s recycling and re-purposing lessons, I devised a simple Halloween art project. I patterned the project after holiday-themed jars sparking with tiny, festive lights, using as inspiration twinkle-lighted jars given to me by my husband.

My son and I decided on a smiling Jack O’lantern to grace our mantel.

Although many options presented themselves, including painting or pasting tissue to the container, we alighted on a simple solution.

First, we cleaned an emptied plastic mayonnaise jar, soaked off the label, and set it aside for later in the project.

halloween craftNext, we used safety scissors to cut simple shapes from black construction paper to use as eyes, a nose, and a smile.  We glued the shapes on the jar, making a face of triangular eyes, a smaller triangular nose, and a crescent mouth.

Inside the jar we stuffed sparkling orange material and couched within a battery-powered light.

In all, the charming effect pleased us. We had recycled and created an addition to our decorating repertoire.halloween mantel