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Halloween clearance put to good use!
I found these candle holders after Halloween at a Goodwill for .65 cents each! They were horrible and ugly... so I thought that I'd update them for my skull themed swap partner on another craft site :)

Posted by Ashley P. from Suffolk, Virginia, United States • Published See Ashley P.'s 9 projects »
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  • How to make a votive / candle holder. Sugar Skull Candle Holder - Step 1
    Step 1

    Since the skulls were made of plaster, I used a sharp knife to scrape away the price tags and to reshape the skulls a little.

  • How to make a votive / candle holder. Sugar Skull Candle Holder - Step 2
    Step 2

    The skulls were meant to be scary looking so they had fake cracks and really sharp features... So I scraped them until they looked much more soft and friendly :)

  • How to make a votive / candle holder. Sugar Skull Candle Holder - Step 3
    Step 3

    I did a base coat of white for the sugar skull look...

    Then I painted the eye sockets and candle holes black....

  • How to make a votive / candle holder. Sugar Skull Candle Holder - Step 4
    Step 4

    I used the paint to paint on swirls, dots, and flowers...

    Then I used the permanent markers to outline the designs and to add the little stripes around the top and jaw line and teeth.

  • How to make a votive / candle holder. Sugar Skull Candle Holder - Step 5
    Step 5

    Using the mod podge, I glued glitter to the teeth, and the jaw line for a little "bling."

    Then I sealed both of the skulls in clear spray sealer!

    *note about sealer*
    be careful with this stuff... Mine went on a little thick and had some drips on the back... They aren't terribly noticeable.. but it still annoyed me!

    Thanks for looking :)

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amyyy.xD
amyyy.xD · Brisbane, Queensland, AU · 4 projects
they look so much better now Happy
will definitely consider this after the next Halloween sales x)
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Rachel
Rachel · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 1 project
Beautiful. I'll have to try this.
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Abi
Abi · San Antonio, Texas, US · 27 projects
Wow these are pretty awesome!
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Brea B.
Brea B.
Come Halloween time I will have to keep a lookout for plaster skulls to gussy up. The Dia de los Muertos makeover is a major improvement.
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bittyandbunny
bittyandbunny · Lincoln Park, Michigan, US · 6 projects
these are amazing. nice artwork.
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Jemster
Jemster · 4 projects
these are amazing! sugar skull are great-real ones taste good...
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mars f.
mars f. · Las Vegas, Nevada, US · 59 projects
gorgeous!!
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queenfairypants
queenfairypants · Manchester, England, GB · 75 projects
those are really beautiful I love sugar skulls cuz skulls arent very nice to look at but then sugar skulls look nice with all the colour and pattern, like two different concepts brought together.

x
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Emily
Emily · Springfield, Missouri, US · 8 projects
i love them,

that was a really good idea

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MIHO
MIHO · 28 projects
Whoa! Stunning! I love the colors, they're so psychedelic <3
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