Halloween is one of the most fun-filled days of the year. It is a day for scares, spooky movies, scary decorations costumes and a lot of eating candy. A day where people of all ages can dress up like someone else and have fun playing the role of the costume they have chosen. Halloween is also, a great time for DIY decorations and costumes. Today, I found these amazing DIY Bloody Hand Candles and the best part is you can design them absolutely any way you want. The kids will enjoy helping out with this fun little project, but a word of caution you will be working with hot melted wax, an adult will need to be present for the candle making process.
What You Will Need:
- Strong gloves, I would recommend industrial latex gloves.
- Candle making wax. I would recommend not to melt an existing candle, but to get Beeswax candle making blocks from your local craft store such as Hobby Lobby. The beeswax will burn slower and last all Halloween.
- Candle Wick which can also be found at your local craft store.
- Red Wax or Wax coloring
- Duct tape
- Wiring or ties to hold and seal glove shut
- Adult to supervise the hot wax process
- Pot for melting wax
- Heat resistant funnel and spoon
Prepare the materials you will be using. Begin by poking little holes in the end of the fingers where you want the wick to be. Next, tie knots about 1 cm from the end of the wick. After you have the knots in the wicks, the wick should be placed inside the glove up into the finger and outside the little holes you poked. The knot should be on the inside of the glove, try not to pull it to tightly. Now, this is where the tape will be used. We are going to make a tape flap on the ends of the fingers to hold the wick down on the outside of the glove and seal that little hole up.
Take the wiring and make a loop/round form big enough for the glove to fit inside it. We will use this wiring to fold the glove on to hold while we add the hot wax. This makes it a bit safer and easier for the kids to feel like they are helping more with this DIY Halloween project.
Melt the wax according to the package instructions. You can find beeswax specifically on Amazon, at local craft stores such as Hobby Lobby or I buy beeswax pallets from a Natural Organic store locally. This typically requires a double boiler, but if you do not have one you can improvise. To make a double boiler you need a medium size pot and a glass bowl that fits the size of the pot, but does not slide inside of the pot. You want the glass bowl to just ‘sit’ snuggly on the pot. Fill the pot ½ full with water. The bowl is where you will put the wax to melt it. This is if your wax block requires a double boiler. As the wax melts you can the coloring if you want it to be white, black, pink, purple, blue, colored hands.
Once our wax melted it is time to fill the gloves up with the wax. The amount of wax needed will vary depending on the size of gloves chosen for the project. Do not use cheap gloves for this project they may melt or rip as you are pouring in the wax. Slowly ladle the wax into the gloves. Once filled to your desire you can add finger signs (I.e. peace sign, love, etc) by gently taping the fingers down according to your desire.
After the wax has cooled and set, 1 to 3 hours for safety, you can cut or pull off the gloves. Now, you can get creative and carve details into the hands or simply add the red wax for the ‘bloody hand’ effects. Cut any excess wick from the bottom of the hand and place on a glass plate or candle holder.
You have made your very own Halloween Project Bloody Hand Candles. How easy did you find this tutorial?