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    Default Turning random Christmas blowmolds into whimsical Halloween decorations.

    I have been asked to post my Halloween blowmold repaints out here ~ I didn't know how well received blowmolds would be. LOL Even if you don't usually like using blowmolds, perhaps you have some random old candles or some other blowmold laying around your garage, that you might think about repurposing and using.

    I've been decorating with blowmolds for around ten years now. Halloween is my favorite holiday to decorate for, and there obviously are far more blowmolds that were made for Christmas than for Halloween. A few years back, I had quite a few old, beat-up, scratched-up Christmas molds and I thought I'd see if I could make something to add to my Halloween display. That started a three year repurposing adventure ~ I'll start at the beginning, and just follow in somewhat a chronological fashion.

    So to begin, I got some advice from other blowmolders who had experience stripping and repainting molds, got together the supplies, and gave it a go. Oh my! It's harder than you think (at first). You need a lot of patience and a gentle touch on that spray can. LOL The first things I tackled were a few candycanes and a couple of lollypops similar to the first picture here (those pictured are not the ones I used ~ the ones I used were in deplorable shape). As you follow this thread, hopefully you will see that my technique got a little better over the course of the three years. LOL

    ~ Angel Grant

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    At first I used anything extra I had around ~ candles, candycanes. Using blue painters tape and Krylon Fusion for Plastic spray paints. I knew an ebay seller who had a lot of unpainted molds (like the tree) which had damage and were not selling on ebay. I got them for a few dollars a piece and I had a vision to fill my front yard with Halloween candy. I used classic Halloween colors and made it up as I went along. I have no idea what I'm doing... LOL Just having a good time. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it failed.

    ~ Angel Grant

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    I was really liking experimenting with the technique. Lots of drips and mess those first repaints. Candycanes are actually kinda tricky to tape off! I thought they were gonna be a breeze. You can see I used any Halloween favorite thing as color inspiration ~ candycorn, witches stockings, the movie Beetlejuice, and even the tree-eating snake from Nightmare Before Christmas.



    Here they are in the display.

    ~ Angel Grant

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    So I was addicted to converting Christmas molds to Halloween use. Only I had used up all the scuzzy candy canes. I started eyeing up some good Christmas molds... but just couldn't do it. LOL I looked around for what there was an abundance of for sale, that were really really cheap, to fill out the front yard display. At the time, sellers were sitting on TONS of these green lollypops. So we found a seller within driving distance who sold us boxes of them dirt cheap, and I amused myself an entire summer painting lollypops.



    These were the first designs ~ swirls, twirls, JOL faces... (boy some of them were bad) LOL It was all just whimsical, and I was having fun.



    Here's another candycorn swirl design. Ohhh... and m&m's ~ I made a lot of m&m lollies that year.



    Here's all that Christmas candy turned Halloween in our display.

    ~ Angel Grant

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    I don't have a good system ~ It's all trial and error. This is a picture of my fancy paint shop. LOL The second picture is a bunch of the lollies I made that first summer. I painted a lot of them and traded them with other decorators to add new things to my display. I guess I could call it the Lollypop Summer.

    ~ Angel Grant

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    Then someone dropped off a Candle Santa they had found out by the garbage (similar to the one pictured). The red was so scratched up and it needed to be repainted, but the face was still perfect. Hmmmmmm.... What could it be for Halloween? LOL



    A wizard?



    Here are a few more color versions of the Wizard that I did. Rich plum, dark purple and black.

    ~ Angel Grant

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    Another blowmold that was quite plentiful a few years ago was the Christmas Sitting Bears. At first the sellers I knew, only wanted a couple dollars for a used bear, and as a matter of fact, once I started painting these for Halloween, I was given quite a few of them. Now, as with all the Union molds, they have become a little pricey on ebay.

    Here were my first four Trick-or-Treating Bears.



    There is HildyBear, DracuBear, MummyBear and FrankieBear.

    ~ Angel Grant

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    Then a seller asked me if I wanted some unpainted gingerbread kids to paint for Christmas. (Unpainted molds don't sell very well.) Sure ~ I'll take them!
    Added some Halloween color to the icing and gave them some treat buckets ~ I'm not sure these are my most convincing conversions... but I think they make a cute addition to the Hansel and Gretel type candyland theme.

    ~ Angel Grant

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    After I did the MummyBear, I wondered how a cartoon-like mummy face would look on a lollypop.



    Then I had to paint Oogie Boogie silhouette on one...



    I'm a huge fan of Nightmare Before Christmas... so I had to do an interpretation of Jack ~ and then Sally ~ and Barrel too!



    Here they all are in the display (2009).



    I think that brings me to the end of the first year of repaints. The lolly stash was gone. As you can see, I was trying to add to my Halloween display and recycle shabby, scratched-up blowmolds and give them a new life. Also if I could find those molds the sellers were eager to get rid of for a steal, I would jump on them. What blowmolds I use, has changed each year, depending on what I can find really cheap.
    ~ Angel Grant

 

 
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