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DIY Steampunk Halloween Candelabra

D-I-Y-Samantha Extance

I love Halloween! It's a great excuse to go over-the-top and get a little campy. This year I made a cool Steampunk Candelabra that you could easily make for yourself. It's easy to make, relatively inexpensive (if you're making only one), and you can use either re-purposed materials or reproduction materials and the outcome is still impressively spooky! Perfect for any Halloween decor!IMG_9147

Materials & Tools:

  • 2 bike gears, cleaned (free)
  • 1 candelabra (I purchased mine from Michaels for 24.99)
  • 2 skeleton keys (mine are fake metal keys, also purchased from Michaels in the dollar section: 4.00)
  • Chain (1 pkg., 2.99)
  • 4 large swivel hooks (1 pkg. of 4, 1.99) *Be sure to purchase hooks that are: easy to open (like a partial split ring) and large enough to fit around your candelabra's arm with enough space leftover to dangle your skeleton key comfortably
  • Ideology brand reproduction gears (2 pkgs., 4.99 ea.)
  • Jump rings
  • 4 candlesticks (1.00 ea.)
  • Wire cutters
  • Flat nosed pliers

Note on the materials: You can use actual gears & keys that your re-purpose, but for those looking for a cheaper version reproduction gears & keys are fine too.

Steps:

  1. Measure the amount of chain you need by taking a piece of string and configuring it to hang  in between your candelabra's arms. Keep in mind how far down you'd like your chain to hang.  Cut and then measure against a ruler. You may even want to bring the piece of string with you to the store to purchase your chain.
  2. Cut your chain pieces using your wire cutters. You want 4 total.
  3. Once you've cut your chain, decorate it with your gears. To fasten a gear to a chain link, use your flat nosed pliers. Open a jump ring, load the gear onto it, and then load the chain link onto the jump ring. Close your jump ring. Do the "shake test" to make sure your jump ring is firmly closed. Repeat for all chain pieces. (I put 6 gears on each chain piece.) Once you are finished, set your chain links aside.IMG_9162
  4. Next, attach your large swivel hooks onto your candelabra's arms.IMG_9160
  5. After all of your hooks are in place, load your skeleton keys onto your swivel hooks.IMG_9156
  6. Once your keys are in place, attach your decorated chain pieces to the swivel hook with a jump ring. You are connecting your chain to one hook  as well as the hook across from it. Repeat for each chain piece.IMG_9161
  7. Next, place your bike gears onto your candelabra. Mine fit comfortably over the middle candelabra arm and pedestal. Place yours where you like.IMG_9152IMG_9159
  8. Last, affix your candlesticks in their holders.IMG_9158IMG_9166

DIY Steampunk Cupcakes

D-I-Y-Samantha Extance

I am fascinated with steampunk cakes! I am an amateur baker myself and I recently purchased some great silicone food molds from an Etsy seller, MoldMuse. She has a bunch of molds available--a ton of which are steampunk! I love the ones that I purchased and I highly recommend them! They were super easy to use and yielded perfect geary confections. Steampunk Cupcake 4 You'll need:

  • Steampunk molds, safe for food. I highly recommend MoldMuse.
  • Cake mix (or a cake recipe that you love)
  • Frosting
  • Bittersweet chocolate
  • Pyrex measuring cup
  • Sauce pan
  • Vanilla extract (optional)
  • Finely shaved orange peel (optional)
  • Sandwich Toothpicks (optional)
  • Oven and other baking supplies--bowls, spoons, etc.

Steampunk Cupcake 1Steps:

For your steampunk chocolate pieces:

  1. Melt your bittersweet chocolate in a double-dutch pan (or if you don't own one, in a Pyrex measuring cup placed in the middle of a sauce pan filled with water). This prevents your chocolate from burning.
  2. Once your chocolate has melted, add vanilla extract and finely shaved orange peel if desired. Add to taste.
  3. Next, pour your chocolate into your molds. Be careful not to overfill your molds otherwise you will have to cut them down to shape.Steampunk Cupcake 2
  4. Once your molds are filled, place them in your refrigerator to set.
  5. Once your chocolate has hardened (about an hour or so), pop them out of your molds. Mine were very easy to pop out because MoldMuse's molds are flexible.
  6. If you did overfill your molds, grab a sharp knife and trim around the edges of your chocolate gear.
  7. Set aside in refrigerator while you bake your cupcakes.

Cupcakes:

  1. Bake as directed by your cake recipe or box instructions.
  2. Frost when cooled.

Steampunking your Cupcakes:

There are 2 ways you can steampunk your cupcakes: 1) By arranging your chocolate molds on top of your cupcakes and, 2) Making a gear rotatable with a sandwich toothpick through your cupcake.

Option 1:

  1. Arrange your chocolate gears on top of your cupcakes artfully.

Option 2:

  1. Poke a hole in your chocolate gear (large enough for your toothpick to go through).
  2. Slide the toothpick through the hole in the chocolate gear and then diagonally through your frosted cupcake (so that the toothpick comes out of the side). Clean any icing off of the toothpick with a wet cloth. Steampunk Cupcake 3
  3. Now your cupcake's gear turns! Watch the video to see![youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4PA6fucCqk]

DIY Steampunk Gift Wrap

D-I-Y-Samantha Extance

There is nothing more wonderful than the sound of crinkling wrapping paper, the sharp tweet from the metal hinge of your scissors, and last the slide and crack of tape being measured & broken. I love gift wrapping (if you couldn't tell from my somewhat silly/poetic description above)! To me the wrapping is just as much of  a gift as the present itself. One of my favorite holiday pastimes--up there with baking cookies with all the lovely ladies in my family--I just pop in some holiday tunes, pile up all the treasures I have for my loved ones, (imbibe a little jolliness) and wrap away. Here are a few DIYS and ideas that are perfect (for more than  just your holiday gift wrapping) for that steampunker in your life! Happy Wrapping!

Jolly Spring Wrapping:(Materials: Wrapping paper, lace, ribbon, a spring, and a twig of berries; Tools: Scissors & tape) Wrap your present in your paper, taping it up. Next measure the amount of lace you'll need to fix around your box and cut. Then tape in place. Next thread your twig of berries through your spring and arrange your berries decoratively. And last, attach your spring to the top of your box with ribbon. (I made a knot in the back to hide it).

Frilly Girl Wrapping: (Materials: lace, thick ribbon, and mini doll's purse or coin purse; Tools: Scissors & tape) First, measure your lace and cut the length you need. Then tape it in place. Next measure your ribbon (remember to leave yourself room for a bow) and cut. Tie your ribbon over the lace. Before making your knot thread your purse through one of the ribbon ends. Then make your knot & bow!

Sweetheart Locket Wrapping: (Materials: Lace, ribbon, a small safety pin and a locket on its chain; Tools: Scissors & tape) First, measure your lace and cut the length you need. Then tape it in place. Next measure your ribbon (remember to leave yourself room for a knot) and cut. Tie your ribbon over the lace and hide the knot in the back. Next affix your locket in place on the top. Flip over to the back (making sure not to lose the locket's place) and safety pin the locket in place. To do so thread through both side of your chain and then through both your lace and ribbon. Tuck any excess chain behind the lace (tape in place if desired).

My favorite aspect of this wrapping is that it's both a tag (if you have it engraved with your loved one's name or initials) and a present itself!

Sweetheart Bracelet Wrapping: (Materials: Lace, ribbon, a small safety pin--maybe 2, and a bracelet; Tools: Scissors & tape) First, measure your lace and cut the length you need. Then tape it in place. Next measure your ribbon (remember to leave yourself room for a knot) and cut. Tie your ribbon over the lace and hide the knot in the back. Next affix your bracelet in place on the top. Flip over to the back (making sure not to lose the bracelet's place) and safety pin in place. To do so thread one safety pin through one end of your bracelet and then through both your lace and ribbon. Repeat for the other side. (If your bracelet fits around your present, simply close shut as you would around your wrist but I'd advise still safety pinning in the back for extra security).

My favorite aspect of this wrapping is that it's also a present itself!

Flower & Spring Wrapping: (Materials: Ribbon or lace ribbon like I used, a fake flower, and a spring ; Tools: Scissors & tape) First, thread your flower through your spring. Next measure your lace ribbon and cut the length you need. Remember to leave yourself room to tie a bow and also tie onto your spring. After you've finished cutting, tie your lace ribbon onto the spring and then around your box. Make a big bow on the front!

Cameo Comic Bubble Wrapping: (Materials: Lace, wrapping paper, tacky glue, plastic or cheap reproduction cameo, and a pen ; Tools: Scissors & tape) Wrap your present. Next measure the amount of lace you'll need to fix around your box and cut. Then tape in place. Using tacky glue (or any kind of all-purpose glue), affix your cameo onto the top of your present. Last, write your holiday message and/or tag onto the paper and draw a comic book/graphic novel style word bubble on your paper.

I love this gift wrap because you can really personalize it.

Clock Part Wrapping: (Materials: Ribbon and clock part/ or gear ; Tools: Scissors) Measure the amount of ribbon you'll need to fix around both your box and clock part. Remember to leave room for a bow and an extra knot. Cut. (Also, make your ribbon prettier by cutting an upside down V into each of the ends). Tie around ribbon around your box. Next, place your clock part on top and tie your ribbon around it. Knot. Then make a bow.

This wrapping is really great for guys, gear enthusiasts, tinker-types, or those friends who prefer a more gender neutral wrapped gift. I used a clock part that was big and bulky but you can simplify this wrapping idea by using a clock gear or other machine part.

Key to Wonderland Wrapping: (Materials: Lace, wrapping paper, and snowflake skeleton key ornament; Tools: Scissors & tape) Wrap your present. Next measure the amount of lace you'll need to fix around your box and cut. Then tape in place. Last, hook your snowflake skeleton key ornament through the lace (or if you prefer or are traveling with your wrapped gifts, safety pin it in place). I will be posting a DIY on how to make your own snowflake skeleton key tree ornament within the next week so stay tuned!

What I love about this wrapping is that it's also a present itself--you can take the key off your package and hang it on the tree!

Pocket Watch Wrapping: (Materials: Wrapping paper, ribbon, and a pocket watch frame; Tools: Scissors, needle & thread--thread should match the color of your ribbon, a pen & tape) Wrap your present. Measure the amount of ribbon you'll need to fix around both your box and pocket watch frame (on both sides). Remember to leave room for a a length of ribbon to hang off (pictured on the far right) and to loop around to the back (on the opposite side of the pocket watch frame which has ribbon hanging off the side). Cut. (Make your ribbon prettier by cutting an upside down V into each of the ends). Now loop your ribbon around one side of the pocket watch frame and stitch in place. Leave a little ribbon hanging off to the side decoratively (pictured right). The decorative ribbon should be on top.

The ribbon looped around toward the bottom will be tied around the box and looped through the opposite side of  pocket watch frame. Pull tight and then bring the rest of the ribbon to the back. Flip over your present, and stitch the remaining length of ribbon in place. Cut off any excess. (You can also choose to tie the ribbon in the back but it often makes the frame look funny in the front which is why I suggest stitching it instead).

Last, write your holiday message inside the pocket watch frame on your wrapping paper.

Gears & Lace Wrapping: (Materials: Lace, reproduction or real gears, and brads; Tools: Scissors & tape) Wrap your present. Next, measure your lace and cut the length you need. Then place your gears decoratively on your lace. Once you're happy with their positioning, attach them using a brad. Thread both the gear and the lace onto the brad and pull the brad closed. Repeat with your other gears. Once you've finished, tape your lace in place.

This is by far the easiest and cheapest gift wrap (if you purchase reproduction gears at your local craft store or Michaels).

Steampunk Stamp Wrapping Paper: (Materials: Plain wrapping paper or even recycled paper grocery bags which is what I use, stamp ink in holiday colors, and steampunk stamp; Tools: Scissors and tape) Lay out your paper. Load your stamp with ink and pound away! Create patterns (using a variety of stamps) or just repeat one stamp over & over. If you feel really ambitious you can even highlight the stamp after it's dried by coloring in the image with colored pencil or sketching in the negative space.

Also, you can create steampunk holiday gift tags with stamps--you'll need manilla shipping labels, steampunk stamps, and stamp ink. I purchased my stamps from 123stitch.com! Merry Wrapping to You all! Hope this post gave you lots of ideas! Stay tuned for more Christmas & Holiday Steampunk DIYs over the next month!