It has been a while since I released my latest post, simply because I´m busy with school stuff and stressed pretty much about everything. BUT Halloween is coming to town and I´ve been thinking about a few crafting ideas for you and also something warm to eat in these cold days.
You should know that Halloween is not celebrated in the Czech republic, we do not wear costumes and children don´t go trick or treating. Instead we have something called “Commemoration of all the departed” which is celebrated on November 2nd. Usually all the family members buy some nice flowers, candles and go to cemetary where their relatives rest at last.
But now .. let´s get back to those DIYs!
If you love candles same as I do, you will also love this pumpkin spooky candle. You just need some decorative pumpkin, cosmetic glitter, carving knife, scented tealight (optional), liquid glue, marker and a spooky decoration (I chose the glittered spiders).
The first thing you need to do is to hollow out the pumpkin. Mark a circle on the top of the pumpkin (shape of a tealight) and right after that use a carving knife to cut the hole. Then hollow it out with a spoon.
Insert the tealight of your choice into the pumpkin (it should fit in just fine, if not, use your knife again). Now the decoration part is all optional. I liked the idea of spiders so I drew on a design of a web with a marker. Then I put a glue on the random lines and sprinkled some red glitter over it. Finally I attached the spider to the pumpkin using a small amount of wire (I tried to use a glue but the spider was too heavy).
Another DIY is a simple room decoration. You will need: polystyrene balls, floral foam, party sticks, acrylic paint of your choice, brush, decorations (spiders, brooms, plastic eyes etc..).
Take a wooden stick and stick it to a polystyrene ball on one side and to the floral foam on the other side. Now use a brush with the chosen colours to paint the ball however you like. For example I made it look like a pumpkin, spooky cat and Tim Burton´s skeleton. When you´re done with the painting, you can decorate the floral foam and “hide” the ugly green space.
As I said before, I would like to show you one of my favourite autumnal recipes. It is very simple and quick pumpkin soup recipe.
YOU WILL NEED:
- 1 Hokkaido pumpkin cut into chunks (deseed but don´t peel)
- 1,5 tsp of unsalted butter
- 1 vegetable bouillon
- water (above the pumpkin)
- whipping cream
- garlic (optional)
- salt, pepper
Wash the pumpkin well, remove the seeds and cut it into small pieces (don´t peel the pumpkin, it tastes much better with it). Add the butter into a pot and stir at medium heat with the pumpkin pieces for a few minutes until it starts to soften and turn golden. Then add the boiling water with the vegetable bouillon in it (just enough to cover the hokkaido pieces). When the pumpkin is soft enough, take it off the heat and pour it into a blender and let it blend until you get nice and creamy soup. Now put the soup back to the heat and bring it to the boil, add a whipping cream, salt, pepper, smashed garlic aaaand .. you are done! You can add some croutons on the top for extra flavour. Enjoy your meal.
I hope you liked these simple ideas and I wish you a very nice, happy and scary Halloween.