Horror fascinates people whether it is stories shared at a bonfire or the creepy feeling on the nape of your neck as you lie in bed late at night. Bring some horror into your home with crafts.
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I have a few projects to try here that are eerie fun and won’t break the bank. Let’s add some ghoulish fun to your afternoon!
POT OF GRAVEYARD SOIL
Gather a terracotta plant pot, a Popsicle stick, gray clay, graveyard dirt and a paintbrush. First clean the terracotta pot until it is spotless. Paint it black and add a few coats of paint to take care of the streaks that may show through. Let it dry. While the pot dries, visit a graveyard to gather the soil. Try to be discreet to avoid questioning glances from normal people. Remove the insects and return them to where they were. Go home with your soil and return to the black plant pot.
Now shape some grey clay into the shape of a headstone/ tombstone. You can etch in with a tool you have nearby the shape of a cherub or skull onto the headstone. Add the Popsicle stick to the clay and bake it in the oven or allow to air dry if you are using self-hardening clay. Fill the black plant pot with soil and then settle the clay headstone into the pot of soil. The plant pot acquires a very spooky urn feeling. Enjoy your ‘urn’ and add it to your Halloween decorations.
BLACK BAT MOBILE
Gather a branch from outdoors about twenty inches in length. Take a branch that has fallen on the earth, not from a living tree. Be kind to the tree. Remove any twigs from it and leaves. Discard them and bring the branch indoors. Paint the branch black and let dry. Then obtain black bristle board and a bat template. You will also need a hole puncher, scissors and string. Cut out the bats from the bat template using your scissors. Make as many as you wish. Hole punch each black bat made from the bristle board. Loop string into the holes and string the black bats onto the branch. Knot the ends of the loops and arrange the black bats on the branch as you desire. Hang the black bat mobile over a mantle or at a window.
2 parts cinnamon, 1 part ground cloves, 1 part dragon’s blood resin, 1 part hyssop, 1 part patchouli, 2 parts rosemary, 1 part sage, and a dash of sea salt. Add your ingredients to your mixing bowl one at a time. Measure carefully, and crush your ingredients in a mortar and pestle. As you blend, channel your intent into your herbs and resins. Try chanting an incantation like this one:
The veil is thin, the moon shines bright, I blend these herbs on Samhain night,/ Celebrating life and death and rebirth/ With these herbs from the cold earth/ I call upon my ancestors to bless and protect me this night.
Store your incense in a labeled and sealed jar. Tie a ribbon around the jar and add a charm for a magical look. Use within three months so it remains charged and fresh.
Buy a small pumpkin and cut off the top of the pumpkin. Scoop out the insides and save the seeds to roast. Consider what size of pumpkin you want. Gather your supplies together. You will need wick, wax, scissors, metal wax discs, a spoon for scooping out the flesh, a double boiler.
Melt the wax in the double boiler. Secure the wick in the pumpkin to the bottom of the pumpkin’s inside. Keep the wick straight as you can.
Add scent or color to the wax in the pot. It is best if you dedicate a pot to candle wax. Stir before pouring. Once you’ve poured the wax, make sure the wick is centered and straight. Prop the wick up.
Once the wax has cooled, you might notice a small indentation around the wick where the wax sunk. Fill it in with some remaining wax from the pot. Trim the wick to 1/4″ long. If the inside of the pumpkin starts to burn, extinguish the candle.
While we’re on the subject of pumpkins, give this a try, I saw the coolest picture on Facebook of a pumpkin painted black decorated with a crescent moon. To paint your own pumpkin (any way you want- try a triple moon!!), you will need a pumpkin! painter’s tape, and spray paint.
Mark your design on the pumpkin with a pencil then cover with tape where you don’t want to paint. Spray the pumpkin with the spray paint of your choice. Allow it to dry for several hours before removing the tape. Paint where you removed the tape. Admire your artistic pumpkin.
This will make your place smell beautiful. Use a lemon or an orange and cut it in half. Eat the middle portion (of an orange), and leave the center-core like stem intact. Pour kitchen oil like organic olive oil into the orange just below the top of the stem. Light stem. It will burn for hours and smell beautiful.
ORANGE INCENSE POWDER
Buy some oranges- the smaller ones are perfect for this project. Peel several oranges and cut the peels into several smaller pieces. Put the peels on a cookie sheet and bake the peels in the oven. Make sure the peels are face down. Let the peels dry for 3 to 4 hours, checking on the peels every 15 minutes. Turn off the oven, letting the peels dry overnight. Grind to a powder with your mortar and pestle to a powder. Store in a pretty jar.
Have some spooky fun with these enchanting crafts!