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2 Quick and Easy DIY Halloween Projects

In celebration of Halloween, we’re taking today to offer up a few more devilish DIY décor projects and terrifying treats from our latest Halloween styled shoot, photographed by Amber Lowe Photo! Enjoy!

 

Black Caramel Apples

(Photographer: Amber Lowe Photo)

What you need:

–5 apples (washed, dried, and de-stemmed)
–2 Tbsp corn syrup
–2 Tbsp water
–2 Tbsp unsalted butter
–1/4 C heavy cream
–1/2 C granulated sugar
–2-3 Tsp black food coloring
–1/2 Tsp vanilla extract
–a dash of salt
–baking sheet
–parchment paper
–popsicle sticks
–microwave-safe bowl

 

  1. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or similar alternative.
  2. Insert popsicle sticks into de-stemmed apples.
  3. Combine corn syrup, water, and sugar into microwave-safe bowl. Microwave until contents become light amber in color (typically 5-7 minutes). Remove once desired color is achieved.
  4. Stir in heavy cream, then salt, food coloring, and vanilla extract. After mixing well, stir in butter until consistency of mixture becomes smooth.
  5. Quickly dip apples one at a time, ensuring that each apple is fully coated, and allow excess mixture to drip off. Hold upside down for 20 seconds to allow caramel to set, then place apples on baking sheet.
  6. Chill for up to 1 hour as caramel sets completely.

 

*to make the glitter caramel apples also featured in photos, just add 3-4 drops white food coloring before adding black food coloring.

(Photographer: Amber Lowe Photo)

 

Marbled Navy Pumpkins

(Photographer: Amber Lowe Photo)


What you need:

–1 bottle navy nail polish
–disposable stirring implement
–plastic bowl or similar container (will become stained)
–lukewarm water (enough to fill ¾ of chosen container)
–parchment paper
–1 small pumpkin (either real or artificial, according to your preference)

 

  1. Pour lukewarm water into bowl, filling ¾ of the way, then add 4-5 drops of nail polish.
  2. Carefully use stirring implement to stir nail polish across the water’s surface until desired marbling is achieved.
  3. Gently dip pumpkin into water, spinning slowly until pumpkin is appropriately covered in nail polish mixture.
  4. Set pumpkin to dry on parchment paper, waiting 20 minutes before rotating to dry other sides.


*to make additional pumpkins, simply add another 4-5 drops of nail polish and repeat process with each subsequent pumpkin. There is no need to change your water as long as it stays lukewarm!

(Photographer: Amber Lowe Photo)