Published on October 8th, 2018 | by Julie Finn0
How to Upcycle a Crystal Head Vodka Bottle Into a Sugar Skull Candle Holder
Y’all, I drank some vodka so that my kids and I could make this project. Friends, I am always working for YOU!
It’s October. You need a sugar skull candle holder.
There are skull-shaped vodka bottles for sale in liquor stores.
To make your own sugar skull candle holder, you will need:
- Skull-shaped glass bottle. I’m using empty Crystal Head vodka bottles (hiccup!), but there are other skull-shaped glass bottles around.
- Rust-Oleum Paint+Primer spray paint, heirloom white. I don’t love spray paint, obviously, because it’s not eco-friendly, BUT this exact color in this exact brand is the perfect bone color.
- Paint pens. We used both Sharpie and Beric paint pens. I, personally, preferred the narrower tips of the Beric pens, but both brands show up well and don’t flake off or smear.
- Clean and paint the skull-shaped glass bottle. There’s a neat trick that you can do to paint a bottle: stick a pole in the ground, upend the bottle over the pole, and get the whole bottle, top, and bottom, in one go! I, however, didn’t feel like digging around for a pole, so I just turned the bottles upside-down after they dried and sprayed on another coat. No big deal.
- Decorate the bottles with paint pens. Have a lot of fun with this! Draw patterns and designs or focus on one big concept; either way its going to look absolutely awesome.
This is a great project for a kid to do if they can treat paint pens respectfully. Teach them all about the Day of the Dead, let them look at lots and lots of images of real sugar skulls, and then let them be as creative as they like.
If you want to seal your sugar skull candle holder with a clear sealant, you can, but in this case, I don’t really think it’s necessary. I also didn’t want to make my own sugar skull candle holder shiny.
The Crystal Head vodka bottle fits a standard-sized taper candle, and I’d recommend cutting a cardboard circle out of recycled food packaging to fit around the candle so that you’re not in any danger of wax dripping onto your beautiful creation.
P.S. Want to make a REAL sugar skull? Check out my walk-through here!
P.P.S. Want to make even more types of sugar skulls? Check out some of my other favorite sugar skull projects!
- Papel picado sugar skulls: You need some papel picado anyway, so why not make them sugar skull-themed?
- Mosaic sugar skull with rhinestones: I LOVE mosaics, especially when they’re covering something three-dimensional.
- Sugar skull mask You can be a sugar skull for Halloween!
- Painted sugar skull rocks. For bonus points, leave them around town for people to find all October, like Halloween-themed kindness rocks!
- Painted sugar skull flower pot. This would make a great kid craft at a Halloween party or October club meeting.
- Sugar skull potato stamp. It’s super easy, AND eco-friendly!
- Day of the Dead paper puppet. Kids will LOVE to make and play with this fun puppet. It’s a great non-scary Halloween craft!