Thursday, October 17, 2013

7 Easy DIY Halloween Candles

There is something about Halloween that brings out the ghoulishness in all of us.  Can you imagine these candles around the room and your guests enjoying these appetizers, and drinks specially designed for adults (alcoholic) and children (non-alcoholic)?

Halloween Cosumes by Voglue
Bloody Candles

Items needed to make Bloody Candles:

  • White Candles
  • Red Candles
  • Candle Holders
  • Matches or Lighter
Light the red candle and hold it over the white candle.  Allow the red wax to drip down the white candles.

Spooky Dollar Store Candles by Cathie and Steve
Spooky Candles

Items needed to make Spooky Candles:

  • Candles
  • Letters - wood, foam, felt, paper
  • If you're using wood letters you'll need some jewelry making items to dangle the letters
  • If you're using foam, felt, or paper then you'll need some glue
  • Paint
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • For the witch, you'll need to print out a witch and glue it onto the candle

Victorian Mourning Candles by Make, Grow, Gather
Victorian Mourning Candles

Items needed to make Victorian Mourning Candles:

  • Glass Candle Holders
  • Candles
  • Red Candle
  • Black Lace
  • Glue
  • Scissors
These give such an air of elegance.

I think there is some black lace lying around my craft room - somewhere.  If not, there is always dye!  These are romantically eery.  Not sure how those two words can actually go together but somehow it seems to work.  Romantic + Eery = these Romantically Eery candles.

Spooktacular Candles by A Little Bit Wonderful
Spooktacular Candles

Items needed to make Spooktacular Candles:

  • White Pillar Candles
  • Black Candle
  • Matches, Lighter
  • Lace
  • Funfetti Bats
  • Glitter
  • Glue
Somehow these two completely different candles seem to go together.  Maybe it's the black that unifies.

Can you see using these candles at your book club meeting?  Oh, what fun!

Pumpkin Spider Candles by Good Housekeeping
Pumpkin Spider Candles

Items needed to make Pumpkin Spider Candles:

  • Mini Pumpkins
  • Black Pipecleaners
  • Knife and Spoon
  • Candle or Tealight
Cut a circle in the top of the pumpkin and dig out an area deep and wide enough for a candle.  Poke eight holes for the "legs".

If the pumpkins are kept natural, a small tea light would be cute so that the wax doesn't ruin the pumpkins.  Another cute way to use these pumpkin/spider candles would be with the flame-less candles so they would be safe to use around children.

Ghost Candle Shades by Interior Fans
Ghost Candle Shades

Items needed to make Ghost Candle Shades:

  • Glass Lamp or Light Shades
  • Mod Podge Glue
  • Sponge Paint Brush
  • Glitter
  • Black Paint or Black Vinyl
  • Tealight
Paint the inside of the globe or shade with glue and sprinkle glitter all around.  On the outside, paint the ghost face or use vinyl clings to make the face.

* As a precaution, I'd recommend using the flame-less candles with these since some of the decorations are on the inside.

Here's another project that specifically shows the use of flame-less candles.
DIY Black Candles by House of Dewberry
Graveyard Candles

Items needed to make Graveyard Candles:

  • Toilet Paper or Paper Towel Tubes
  • Masking Tape
  • Scissors
  • Glass Pebbles or Rocks that will fit inside the tube
  • Hot Glue and Hot Glue Gun
  • Black and White Craft Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Flame-less Tealight Candles
Cut your tubes to the size you want then place a rock or glass pebble on the bottle of the tube for weight and tape into place.  Make a pocket out of tape deep enough at the top to hold the flame-less tealight.  Drop hot glue down the outsides of the tubes to give the effects of melted candle wax.  Paint your tube black and then lightly go over the raised areas with a light brushing of white to give dimension.

I would be remiss in my duties if I didn't remind you to always burn your candles:
  • In a draft-free area
  • Away from flammables
  • With you in the room
  • Away from children or animals
  • Responsibly
I know you know all that.  Think of it as an extra check list.

So, which candle are you going to make first?  How do you decorate for Halloween?

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