Happy Halloween! To celebrate this scary holiday, I thought I’d share a little kick-ass project you could do if you’re ever bored on a rainy autumn evening. This do-it-yourself project is inspired by the amazing Alexander McQueen, whose work contains quite a few skulls and skeletons. To McQueen your interior with this scented candle, do continue… If you dare!
- A glass jar with lid
- Gold spray paint
- Heat-resistant black spray paint
- Glue gun + glue
- A mini skull (for Halloween, part of a key chain, aquarium decoration…)
- Long candle wicks
- Crisco vegetable shortening
- Black candle pigment dye
- Scented oil
1. Let’s start with making sure that our jar and lid are clean. It’s an important step because we want the paint and glue to stick and that’s only a sure thing if we start with a spotless surface!
2. Glue the little skull ornament in the middle of the lid with your glue gun. Press the skull tightly against the top of the lid for about 30 seconds.
3. Now, it’s time to spray paint. Preferably go outside or choose a well-ventilated room. Put the jar face-down on (news)paper. Spray paint it with the heat-resistant black paint. Tip: For the best result, hold the can 30 centimeters away from your jar.
4. Put the lid on a separate piece of paper, take the other can of spray paint and spray the lid gold.
5. Let the paint dry for a couple of hours. Turn the lid around and spray the bottom.
6. Once the paint is dry, it’s time to glue your candle wicks on the bottom of the jar! I glued on three wicks in the shape of a triangle. Press the wicks down with a spoon (or whatever you can find) while the glue dries.
7. Measure your shortening by scooping out twice as much Crisco as the volume of your jar into a heat-resistant container. Afterwards, put the container in your microwave to melt the shortening. Check your microwave every ten seconds. Do not leave the hot shortening unattended!
8. Be very careful when you take the heat-resistant container out of the microwave, the liquid inside is incredibly hot. Forewarned is fore armed.
9. Now it’s time to add a bit black pigment dye and scented oil to the melted shortening. Stir well. Now you have a black, fragranced fluid. (I choose the cherry scent, by the way — I think it smells delicious and fits the Alexander McQueen theme!)
10. Pour this mixture carefully in your jar. Let your candle cool down. This takes around 24 hours.
Your Alexander McQueen inspired scented candle is now ready! It looks great as a decorative piece in your interior and it smells amazing when lighted up. If you make this DIY, be sure to send me a photograph of your work! I’d love to see it. Tag me @itsrayaaa on Instagram or Twitter.