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2010 Haunt: Cemetery Gates

Posted in Halloween Food & Desserts, Planning, Props, Themes & Party Ideas on November 1, 2010 by bojo

Had a great party for our little bunch on Saturday. We spent most of our time on the small front yard cemetery and the flickering candles. The best was when everyone was meandering through the cemetery and checking out the stones.

Here are a few pics of decor and party people: Public Facebook Album

Food: Stuffed Jalapenos, Chicken Flautas, Tomatillo Ranch Dip, Pinwheels, Lil Smokies in a tangy mustard-based BBQ sauce, Kettle-cooked chips, peach cobbler, brownie trifle.
Drinks: Pre-mixed Rum Runners, white wine sangria, blackberry merlot

Thoughts on 2011: We never really decorate the kitchen, but inevitably, everyone ends up in there. It’s a small kitchen, too! There were 10 people packed in the tiny room at one point. Crazy people. Perhaps next year we’ll put ALL our effort into decorating the kitchen ONLY so people will stand around in some other room :)

Our friends love the party so much they were already thinking of themes for next year. These were the ideas that came out of that conversation: Great Gatsby, all black light party, and my personal favorite… People of Wal-Mart! Oh my.

Until 2011…

Bloody Table!

Posted in Creative Inspiration, Halloween Related, Props with tags , , on October 23, 2010 by bojo

Uh, I just want one. Wow.

Mood Lighting: Lanterns & Candles

Posted in Props, Videos on September 30, 2010 by bojo

I finished the second of my lanterns. This one was much more painstaking, so I don’t know that I’ll make another like it. Gave it a copper finish. Here it is:

And I came across LED tealights 2/$1 so I bought four packs and my wonderful parents picked me up a 6-pack as well. Still need another handful to complete ALL these crazy candles.

Bonus: Mini-Tombstones… will these become invitations? Buffet card holders? Hmm…

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Foam Board Lantern

Posted in Props, Videos with tags , , , on September 25, 2010 by bojo

Based REALLY, REALLY loosely on Dave Lowe’s O’Treaty Lantern [ http://davelowe.blogspot.com/2010/09/otreatys-foamcore-lantern-part-one.html ] with one of my faux candles  inside, this is a down and dirty attempt at a foam board lantern. The top is Velcro’d on so I can easily turn the LED tea light off/on. I may try a more elaborate top on the next one, more like Dave’s, maybe. Not bad for taking less than 2 hours from start to finish! :) Like the candles, it will only get better with each iteration.

Lantern-Making Time!

Posted in My H'ween Heroes, Props with tags , , , on September 18, 2010 by bojo

Foamcore Lantern by Dave Lowe

DUH — foam… The answer to most prop-lems! Dave Lowe has a three-part blog post on an awesome foamcore lantern.

I’ve been searching garage sales and eBay for a lantern I could use, with no luck or at too high a price. MAKE one? Well of course.

I know Dave makes it look easy, but I’m gonna take a shot at it… I’ve even got some of his flameless candles done to put inside :)

Off to the craft store for some foam board and extra paint! I’m thinking if this goes well, I will make several for the graveyard and maybe one for me to carry, too!

The Crystal Ball Dilemma

Posted in Props on September 18, 2010 by bojo

Trying to figure out how to handle this… A bowl that fits under the base doesn’t hold enough water for the mister to work. I love the base and don’t want to lose the look of it… Not sure what to do. Here’s a video to explain — although at this point I am really less concerned about the condesation and splash than I am about the giant pan of water it’s sitting in:

More Evolved Candle-Making

Posted in Props with tags , , , , on September 17, 2010 by bojo

I’m obsessed with getting these candles right. A few changes to the process:

* I started simply making a “shelf” out of hot glue, around the inside edge where I want the tealight to sit.

* Red Bull cans make GREAT candles… just hack off the tops, give them a base coat of spray paint, add the hot glue (lots for the top sharp edge and lots to hide the ‘can’ bottom - some of mine need a bit more there), and paint again. Drop an led tealight inside and it reflects beautifully. No newspaper needed to hide seams or anything. Any size can works!

* Layers of the hot glue with a “pool” at the bottom looks much better. I do a base coat on everything now.

Latest batch:

My Latest Batch of Candles

From Toilet Paper to Pillar Candles

Posted in Props, Videos with tags , , , , on September 6, 2010 by bojo

I loved the idea of PVC pillar candles using flickering battery tealights, but I didn’t want to spend the money on the pipe or try to cut it myself. I went looking for something easier and found this how-to on Dave Lowe’s blog from 2008 [http://davelowe.blogspot.com/2008/09/08-halloween-20-making-flameless-candle.html]. I love the no-cost approach, but I wanted a cleaner pillar look.

Here’s a video of the first 2 finished:

I’m not crazy about these tealights, so they’ll probably get replaced, but you get the idea. Overall, I’m pleased with the look.

What I did (Probably the hard way):

1. Trim the tubes into different lengths and slice them down one side to open them up.

2. Hot glue in some foam board “shelves” for the tealights to sit on.

3. Reassemble the tubes at the width that will fit the tealights & hot glue them closed.

4. Decopage some newspaper strips around the tubes to hide the seams (I first did them horizontal and then long vertical strips on top). Let dry.

5. I hot glued some glass beads (the kind that go in a vase) to the bottom inside for weight.

6. Hot glue the wax drips (Dave’s post says it best — patience… but there’s really no wrong way). Let dry.

7. Spray paint… I think it would probably work best to start with them upside down on your painting surface and get the paint all around the bottom side of the drips… let dry… then turn them on the right side and paint them again and let dry.

8.  I mixed some craft paint to get a color like the spray paint I used and painted then inside of the tube above the foam shelf AND painted the tealights so they match the “candle”.

9. Turn on your tealight and set it inside the pillar.

It’s not high-quality, but looks decent in a dim room. I’ll probably swap out these tealights for some better-flickering ones. But for right now, I haven’t bought a single thing to make them. I had everything on hand already, so they were basically FREE, which is great.

Second Tombstone Almost Finished

Posted in Props with tags , , on September 5, 2010 by bojo

Just about finished with my second-ever tombstone. The epitaphs are all from “Cemetery Gates” by Pantera.

Tombstone #2

I think I’ll start a coffin tomorrow.

My First Tombstone! (Update: Finished)

Posted in Props with tags , on September 4, 2010 by bojo

I’ve never made a tombstone, and although it’s not finished, I’m having fun with this. It’s made of only 1/2″ thick Foamular, but I’m thinking about addin some side pieces to make it more three-dimensional.

It's about 4' x 2'

 Update: Here’s the finished stone.

Finished Tombstone

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