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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Friendly Ghost Candle Shades

Today I’m sharing another one of my projects that was inspired by something I saw in a local gift store. 

I started with some thrift store/garage sale glass shades.  I spent $3.25 total on all four of these.  The boutique version was selling for $15 each!IMG_1865And ended up with these cute ghost candles: IMG_1907

I’ve seen a couple versions of these lately, but here’s how I made mine. 

~Clean and dry your glass shades.  If you can’t find any at thrift stores or garage sales, you may be able to find some at Lowe’s or Home Depot.

~Using a foam brush, apply a layer of Modge Podge to the inside of the shade.


~Sprinkle fine iridescent glitter over the modge podge while it is still wet. IMG_1870

I used this “Glamour Dust” by DecorArt that I bought at an estate sale last year, but any fine glitter will do.   IMG_1872

~I was lucky enough to have access to a Cricut, so I had my friend cut out oval shapes from black vinyl for the eyes and mouth.  You could also do this freehand or paint on your face.


~Apply the vinyl decals to the outside of the glass shade to make the ghost’s eyes and mouth.


~Now it would be cute just like that, but of course I had to add a little bow with some colorful ribbon I already had.  Just tie it right around the top of the shade.


~Set a votive candle or battery-operated votive under the shade and you’re done!


Such a fun centerpiece or Halloween accent for any spot in your home!  I haven’t pulled out all my Halloween decorations yet, but when I do these will be so cute all together as an arrangement or used individually around the house.


IMG_1913 Gotta love the glitter!IMG_1905IMG_1906IMG_1909IMG_1912Hard to believe these were selling for $15 each and I made all four for under $5!!

Stay tuned, I’ll be sharing more versions of this type of project later this week.

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  1. These are super cute! I posted about it on my blog with a link to your blog post and shop!

  2. These look adorable. What a fantastic idea. Great tutorial too. Love it. Hugs, Marty

  3. I love

  4. Yours are so cute! So much cuter than the ones in Lowe's Creative ideas.

  5. Another awesome idea! You rock! Thank you for sharing! I would love to try these!!! :)

  6. These are sooo cute! I love the glitter inside the shades. What cute candle covers!
    ~stopping by from It's So Very Cheri!~

  7. I don't do much Halloween decorating anymore since my boys are long grown and gone but these are just so darned cute I might have to give it a spin. Thank you for sharing!

  8. They look like they came straight from a boutique!

    I'm going to post this and your link and shop on my blog and share your wonderful idea!

  9. I love them! I have a Cricut, and I just got the Pumpkin Carving cartridge which has lots of great pumpkin faces on it . . . I bet I could make an entire collection of these.

  10. OOOHHHHH!!!! I love it...I can't wait to try it for myself!!

  11. I saw these in the Lowe's Creative Ideas magazine and I was planning on making them myself! I was going to draw the faces on with sharpie markers, though.

    SO SO CUTE! I'm glad you did it first so I can see how someone else's came out. LOL

  12. love it. So cute. Now my mind is working thinking of other patterns and such that I could use for other seasons of the year. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Aww, those are so cute! I love them! Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

  14. Oh, I love them! My kids will love them! thanks!

  15. Very unique and creative! I love them!

  16. Those are sooooo cute! I can't wait to go buy some jars and make my own!

  17. What a great idea! I like the glitter on the inside there is so much I could do with that. I found you on Cheri's Blog linky.

  18. I agree--super cute!!!! And your pictures are beautiful, too. :)

  19. So simple and SO adorable!

    Thanks for linking with WGW at Someday Crafts.

  20. THis is the first time I've seen glitter used for these and I lOVE it! So cool!!!

  21. Very Cute! I love the GLITTER! Great idea, thanks for sharing!

  22. ADORABLE!!! If you want to join in on another Linky Party, I host Thrilling Thursdays :) Come by if you have time.

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  23. ooh - you got me thinking. Last year I made xmas balls like this but used floor wax instead of modge podge to coat the inside. Am wondering if watered down modge podge would swirl and coat the inside of an xmas ball. . . . hmmmm. . . .

  24. SUPER CUTE I am going to make these!!

    I am a new follower and would love a follow back

    im also going to grab you button love your work!

  25. I love how these turned out. Love that you used mod podge and glitter so much better than the etching compound I've seen other's use. Really adorable.

  26. As you'll see if you visit with me, I LOVE Halloween!!!! And these ghost tea lights are just outstanding!!! They're charming and cutesy and filled with fun. Love 'em!!

    Here is my Show n Tell link

  27. Found you at so very Cheri's Spotlight. These are really cute and so clever! Love your blog too!

  28. super cute! My kids would love these. I'll have to see what I can find. Visiting from Serenity Now's weekend reading!

  29. What a cute cute idea!! I love how some people can just look at an ordinary item and see potential like that. Very cool. :) Thanks for linking up with me!

  30. These are unbelievably cute! I've seen paint on the inside before, but not glitter. You are so smart.

  31. Thanks for sharing.......what a fun Halloween craft!

  32. this is really cute and I love that you rocked it out once you saw a boutique version!!

    Boo to You!! lol

  33. Very cute!!! And easy! I love those kind of projects.
    I love the different shapes too!

  34. How clever! I love how the different shapes give the ghosts their individual expressions :)

  35. That is so stinkin' cute! I haven't seen these before. They are adorable. Thanks for sharing the how-to.

  36. Thanks SO much for joining in on Thrilling Thursdays @ Paisley Passions. I love to see the creative talent of other fellow bloggers. Hope you to see you again soon :)
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  37. So cute! Love them! Stopping by from Amanda's!

  38. Cute project! I'm visiting from Amanda's party.

  39. I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I linked to this post today from the Home & Garden channel at Craft Gossip. :)

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  40. So cute. I love that glitter!! Don't you just love a good yard sale?!

  41. Those are adorable Christy!! I shared it on my Tatertots and Jello FB page and linked to you :)


  42. Wow, this idea is so cool!
    I love what you did here! & I'm going to have to try it out!


  43. These are just too cute. I'll definitely have to try some myself. Thanks for a great tutorial on "how to". Peggy

  44. Just saw this on Tatertos and Jello and HAD to leave a comment to tell you how cute and cre8tive it is! This rocks!

  45. These are adorable! I be my 6yo would flip if we did this project together. Thanks for the idea and how-to!

  46. Such an original idea ! Love the tutorial

  47. those are the cutest things! love them!

    have a creative day,


  48. I've been looking for just the right thing for a small hallway table and I think I found it! These are great! I can't wait to try it!


  49. FABULOUS idea!! I see those all the time, I'll have to pick some up!

  50. Oh my gosh I LOVE!!! I couldn't figure out how you made them just by looking, thanks for sharing your secrets:) We have some kid made tissue paper pumpkins and this is such an elegant grown-up version of a candle holder craft. Now I need to search the thift stores for some. These are so beautiful all lit up and I love the ribbon tops! Thanks for sharing with us at A Crafty Soiree! Please join us next time too!

  51. Love love love how these turned out! So stinkin cute! You got craft skills girl!

  52. Ok, I just finished making some of these, I can't wait to get the post up so you can see! Thanks for the inspiration friend! I LOVE these!!

  53. a very fantastic idea! seems so simple...but they're simply fabulous!

    i'm linkin.

    thanks for the tutorial.


  54. Just stopping by to let you know that I have featured your project on Fun Family Crafts today! You can see it here

    If you have other kid friendly crafts, I'd love it if you would submit them :) If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above.


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