Sunday, October 28, 2012

Guest Post: Empress of Drac

DIY: Halloween Witch Necklace from Bottle Caps

Making your own Halloween costume is a fun and exciting way to celebrate the holiday. Homemade costumes often look better than the generic costumes that are sold in shops. They have a personal touch and a flair that is lacking in costumes that are sold in Halloween stores. You will also have the reassurance of knowing that no one else at the party will be wearing the same costume that you are wearing. For these reasons, we highly recommend creating your own Halloween ensemble rather than purchasing one.

One of the most important aspects of any masquerade costume is the accessories. Many people choose to purchase these items, but these too, can be made from scratch. If you plan on dressing like a witch this Halloween, we have the perfect idea for a witch necklace. This little beauty is made from bottle caps and will be certain to draw attention and start conversations. The necklace is simple to construct and can be made in a wide variety of ways to express your own originality. This necklace is also suitable to be worn with other costumes, so you will want to keep it for the coming years.

The first step to constructing your own bottle cap necklace is to acquire a bunch of bottle caps. The best types of caps are found on beer and soda bottles. Many beer bottles will print on their caps, so you can search for some of the more exotic looking caps. There are even caps with witch themes already on the bottle. In addition, many beer companies will print special caps for this time of year, so be on the lookout for these. Once you have acquired your caps, you have some choices to make. You can leave the caps as they are, or you can pound them flat, so that the little ridges on the cap open like a flower. If you plan on pounding them flat, be certain to wear some protective eye covering so you can protect your sight.

You simply lay the cap down on a hard surface and then smack it with a hammer until the cap is completely flat. Once this is done, the cap will be unrecognizable as a cap and will simply appear as a metal disc. You can then color the caps if you like, or you can leave them in their original form. If you plan on coloring them, use dark colors such as purple and black. You may want to add a splash of pink, if that color is included in your outfit. The caps can be sprayed with spray paint or painted with acrylics. You can also splash red paint on the colored caps, so that they appear as if they are covered in blood. Another great idea is to glue tiny pictures into the caps. This can be done with a clear acrylic. Pictures can be clipped from magazines or any other sources that you may have around.

Once you have colored and decorated your caps, you need to drive a hole in each one. This can be done with a hammer and a nail. Place the nail in the center or on the top of the cap and strike firmly with the hammer. After each has a hole, you can then string the caps with the material of your choice. Your necklace is certain to add to your outfit and become quite the conversation piece at the party. 

Written by Empress of Drac