Up next is a breakdown of three great DIYs we incorporated into our high glam Halloween Dinner Party. All easy, no fuss ways to gussy up an at home affair. A palette of white and black combined with the prettiest of pale peach set the stage for an elegant spread and with the addition of these three projects, the party had instant depth and sophistication. So gather up those empty wine bottles, pick up a few cans of spray paint and roll up those sleeves for some easy peasy crafting.
clear wine bottles
smaller clear bottles of a similar shape for variety (we got ours at AC Moore)
Instructions for the Wine Bottle Candle Holders:
Step 1: Remove the labels from your wine bottles — Fill your pot with hot water (It doesn’t have to be boiling, just the temperature of a really hot bath). Fill your wine bottles with water (so they don’t float to the top) and submerge in the pot. Soak for an hour. Remove, and peel off the labels. Some will slip right off, but the trickier ones may need a little scrubbing. Let dry.
Step 2: Break some of your candles in half or thirds, keeping some whole, so that you can have candles of various heights. Use your knife to cut down the wax on the bottom halves of the candles to reveal the wick.
Step 3: Press your candles into the necks of the bottles. If they are too wide, you may need to shave down the bottoms a little to fit. Put some hot glue in the rim of the bottle to secure the candle in place.
Step 4: Light the candles and let them melt a little for the finished look.
clear cylinder vase (slightly shorter and no wider than the pumpkin — large enough to fit ice and a champagne bottle inside)
white spray paint
dropcloth to paint on
Instructions for Pumpkin Chiller:
Step 1: Spray-paint the top and sides of the pumpkin white on your dropcloth. Let dry for 30 minutes. Flip the pumpkin over, and spray the bottom. Let dry.
Step 2: Place your vase upside down on top of your pumpkin and trace the circle shape with your pencil
Step 3: Remove the vase, and use the knife to cut out the lid of the pumpkin. Check to see that the vase fits and isn’t too loose inside the pumpkin. Scoop out the insides of the pumpkin, leaving some pulp at the bottom so the vase is propped up enough to meet the top edge of the pumpkin.
Step 4: Place the vase inside and fill with ice. Add a bottle of champagne, and you’re ready to party!
black spray paint
dropcloth to paint on
white Posca extra fine paint marker
Instructions for Trick or Treat Leaves:
Step 1: Spray paint your leaves black on both sides, and let dry.
Step 2: Cut 50 4-inch lengths of peach ribbon, and tie one end of each to a single ribbon.
Step 3: Hang that ribbon on your wall with tacks and spread out the hanging ribbons.
Step 4: Tie the leaves to each ribbon.
Step 5: Use your Posca marker to write “trick” on half the leaves and “treat” on the other half. On the backside, write out the tricks and treats for your guests.