I happen to be just a tiny bit obsessed with the undead. My husband has gotten me zombie books, my best friend a zombie garden gnome… Needless to say with Halloween rolling around I needed to make something related to zombies. In comes the idea for inanimate objects turned into zombies and out rolls my tutorial for undead candles:
Supplies for the Zombie Apocalypse:
Candles: White or suitably decaying flesh color
Flame in the form of lighter
Cheap Acrylic Paint: Black, White, Red, Green
Step 1 Day One/Ground Zero: Distress Their Nervous Systems
First you need to infect your candles with the zombie virus. I find the best way to accomplish this is to burn, hack tooth like marks, and roll them in melted pools of wax. Basically get the exterior all roughed up. I make sure to saw some nice tooth marks into the surface. Be very careful when applying flame and using a knife. You wouldn’t want to infect yourself.
Step 2 Day 5: Rot Sets In
Once the candles have died and risen as zombies, rot will begin to take over their bodies (especially if you live in the humid southern regions). To help your zombie candles along, thin some greenish paint with water and sponge it over the candles. Since the coat of paint is thin it will bead on the surface of the candle. This is fine! Just let iit dry.
Step 3 Day 10: Zombie Candles Begin To Moan
If your candles begin to shamble and moan don’t worry! You are almost done with those decaying pieces of decor. Mix some black, white, with red or green to get a nice thick coat of undead color. Sponge it on liberally and do NOT thin with water. Any gashes and tooth marks can be left unpainted. Let dry and try not to leave your candles near any brains.
Step 4 Day 15: Transformation Complete No One Makes It To Day 28
Your candles are probably shambling about the neighborhood. Now is the perfect time to corral them and check out any bloody wounds they may have received on the hunt. Simply apply a thick coat of dark red paint to any bite marks/gashes and let it drip down. For an added bonus add ‘bloody’ fingerprints.
Once dry you have your own piece of undead decor.
Since I have no urge to become undead myself I use caution when burning these candles as acrylic paint is not meant to be burnt. I prefer to use older candles that are burned down in the center so I can insert a battery operate tea light and stay away from the whole flame thing.
Check out my Evil Eye and Rotting Flesh Garland (10/8) and Final Halloween Mantel (10/16)
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