Confession: I have somewhat mixed feelings about Halloween. On the one hand, I can't stand gore or jump scares, but on the other, it's the one time of the year when the rest of the world gets to play dress up with us cosplay nerds. AW YEAH.
So when it comes to decorating for Halloween, well, I really don't. BUT! I love - LOVE - crafting for it. I find the key is I don't like anything real life scary or dark, but fantasy stuff? HECK YES SIGN ME UP. It's the difference between movies about serial killers and movies about dementors: as long as I'm planted firmly in fiction, I can enjoy a much higher creep factor.
Which brings me to today's quick craft. I started thinking I'd make some cute fairy skeletons like these ones by Hilda that are all over Pinterest:
I couldn't find the butterfly wings at my dollar store, though, so instead I came home with these dragonfly wings:
I also grabbed a plain white candle in a jar - that thing on top. These are all from my local Dollar Tree.
With those $3 worth of supplies - plus some hot glue and a little craft paint - I made this:
Creepy fairy skeleton candle!
And since that obviously needed a good display area, I also set up a mostly Harry Potter themed vignette for it:
I'm sure you can spot the one item glaringly NOT from the Potter 'verse, ha. Turns out I'm sorely lacking in the "creepy potion bottle" department.
Again, this is undeniably macabre, but since all I see is magic and fantasy I'm cool with it. Plus I like displaying things John and I have made, and there are 5 different craft projects just in this photo. (Though I've never done a tutorial for the leather book covers. Maybe someday?)
Getting back to the candle, there are actually two fairy skeletons tied back-to-back around it: