Monday, October 4, 2010

Repurposing vintage decorations

I love revamping old things into something new.  So when I came across a vintage Christmas light I decided to give it a Halloween face-lift.  Here's where I started:
Yikes, fuzzy stock photo!
But what I had was exactly the same.

Here's where I decided to do:

I painted some (unused) aquarium rock darker gray.

I repainted the base and candlesticks and started adding on rocks
and a molded piece of polymer clay in the form of a gothic bat.
I changed out the old regular bulbs for way cooler flicker bulbs that look like flames.

I made larger rocks out of tin foil and paper mache.  I made skulls and bones of polymer clay and added metal crosses.

I was going for a Dracula's Castle sort of look, after the vampire hunters had been there :)
Perhaps there should have been more blood, but I didn't want to overdo it.

I just love giving an old item a new and different life!


  1. Very cool! I love those light bulbs, where did you find those?

  2. Wal-mart hardware section :) This sold an hour after I put it up in my store so yay!

  3. Its fab Tara so I can see why it sold so quickly, great ideas as always! Kate xx

  4. you clever thing, those look absolutly fab! Very well done!

    Marisa :)

  5. Me gusta la idea que tubo consiguió un candelabro genial.
    un abrazo

    I like the idea that tube got a great chandelier.
    a hug

  6. Thanks guys! Feel free to give me feedback on my stuff including ideas of your own as to what I could have done or should do on any given project!

  7. Wow that sold fast! Yea Tara, that was a totally original piece. I will check Wal Mart for those bulbs.

  8. Que gran idea.
    Te ha quedado realmente fantastico, se podria aprovechar para hacer en mini.
    besitos ascension

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