October 19, 2011
Posted In: Halloween

Spooky Spirits

This Halloween, bring back empty bottles from the dead.

Pumpkin Candle Holder

Step 1: Remove label from bottle. I soak them in warm soapy water then use Goo-Gone to get rid of the remaining sticky residue.

Step 2. Wrap masking tape or painter’s tape around the barrel of the bottle.

Step 3. Using a marker or pencil, draw on face. I blackened the area I wanted to keep so that I wouldn’t get confused while cutting it out.

Step 4. Carefully cut along markings using a razor blade or an X-Acto knife. Peel off surrounding tape leaving the eyes and mouth in place.

Step 5. Cover the bottle with orange spray paint. Let dry until paint is no longer tacky, then remove masking tape.

A little about paint:

 I prefer to use acrylic paints because they dry fast  and stick to almost anything. Acrylic paints are usually diluted with water. However, if you want the paint to dry faster, you can use rubbing  alcohol. Acrylic paints can be purchased in spray cans, so an airbrush is not a requirement. (Drying time is almost instantaneous.)

Where to purchase paint: I recommend Hobby Lobby, Hobbytown, HobbyUSA etc… anywhere that plastic airplane model kits are sold. I have found that most Michaels do not carry acrylic paints in the spray can format.Home Depot/Lowes/Walmart will have a selection of oil-based spray paint.This will take much longer to dry. Do check with a paint expert if the paint is meant to bond with glass.

Model Master, Testors, and Tamiya are example brands. Do not buy the kind in tubes or anything with ‘craft’ on it. It will not coat the glass evenly.


  1. No One

    Aw, such a cute bottle!

  2. julie fedderson

    You are a crafty goddess! I love it!

Who is Kimberlee Turley?

Kimberlee Turley grew up in California where she earned a degree in Fashion Design from FIDM in 2005. Soon after, she married her husband, who was neither Mr. Darcy nor Edward Cullen, but he’d read her atrocious first novel and said it was “good” with a straight face.

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