Happy October! So, I think that the one main thing that pops into peoples minds when you mention October is Halloween. Am I right? I know here in Canada it also means Thanksgiving but I still always go towards Halloween. Maybe it’s because I have kids at home still or maybe because it is just so awesomely fun! I love the decorations, I love the costumes, I love the tiny little trick-or-treaters that look so cute in their little costumes with their snow suits over top! 😛 Here in Canada there is no such thing as just a mermaid costume. Nope, it is a mermaid in the arctic! But hey, no matter what they are still so cute.
I also love to decorate a bit for Halloween. I don’t go all crazy or anything. If I had more time I’m sure I would! But I do like to put out a few things to bring a little Halloween atmosphere to the house.
This year I am thinking lots of creepy Halloween candles, bottles and spell books. And of course I am thinking on the
cheap inexpensive side. Hello dollar store!! Really, if you balk at the idea of a dollar store you really need to go in there with a whole different view of things. Don’t look at things as they are… look at things as what they can be. Best thing ever for temporary decor. Everything in the photo below is dollar store or found from home. (oh… except the one bottle on the right.)
This week I will show you how to make the creepy Halloween candles for your display. And most or all things you may already have on hand.
Creep Halloween Candles
- Various heights of paper rolls (toilet. paper towel, wrapping paper) they just need to fit one of those battery operated tealights in the top.
- Battery operated tea lights – you can get these from the dollar store if you don’t have any kicking around
- Glue gun and LOTS of glue sticks – I stress lots here. Depending on how many you are going to make but each one can take a few glue sticks alone.
- Masking tape
- Paint – black and red
- Paint brush
Cost for me: $1.50 for some more glue sticks
So to begin with you need to figure out how many candles you want to make and the heights you want them to be. Really, they should all be varying heights since candles don’t burn at the same rate. This is great because you don’t need to be able to cut a straight line for this project.
At this point you want to create a spot for the tealight to sit down in it. Rip a couple pieces of masking tape and place into the roll so that the tealight will sit below the lowest point of the roll. Like this:
Remove the light for now and place it to the side. If you are doing larger candles and you feel they aren’t steady enough you can always place a few rocks or something weighted in the bottom and tape it up at this point. I found the shorter ones don’t really need it.
Now FUN WITH HOT GLUE!
We have a love/hate relationship, hot glue and I. I love using it… it just plain out hates me!! I don’t think I have ever used a glue gun without burning myself multiple times. But I’m fighting back though and growing a tolerance to the pain!! Take that MR. Glue Gun!! I will persevere! I may have glue embedded into my hands permanently but I will never give up. Too many cute crafts out there that use it!
So to start off I try to make some longer drips that start further down the candle. I start the drip and the slowly pull the glue gun up the roll while still squeezing till you get to the top.
Once you have a few long drips you can start by running the glue along the rim of the roll and let it drip naturally down the tube. Squeeze more out in some places, less in others (give the roll a gentle tap on the table to help move some of the drips down.) Do once around the tube only then let the glue dry. Otherwise it will just mold into one big gigantic blob and not look natural. DON’T stick your finger in it to check if it is dry! Okay maybe it is not always the fault of the glue gun… I get it. Once it is dry (it really doesn’t take long) you can go around again and fill in spots, add more in other spots and make some longer and shorter drips. Keep building it up until you get the look you want. Even make extra long drips on a silicon mat and attach after with a bit of hot glue.
Now it’s time to paint them. I just used black craft paint I had on hand.
You will also need to paint your tealight the same colour as your candle. Tape off the flame and give it a couple coats of paint.
Once you have painted it (I applied two coats) you can now add some dimension and creepiness to it.
Here I went in with a bit of red. I brushed a little onto the drips and blended it in to mute it a little. If you need you can soften a bit with with more black. I didn’t want it to be too bright, just subtle. Turn on your tealights, pop them in to their spot and enjoy your creepy Halloween candles. They really don’t take long, cost almost nothing and add a great impact to your Halloween decor.
I plan on making a bunch more and placing them into some cubbies I have at my front door. Definitely going to make some taller ones with paper towel rolls. I will post more pics when I get my display all done some time after Thanksgiving.
Be sure to pin the image below so you too can create these for your creepy Halloween decor.
Note: If you are looking for a sturdier version or ones that you are able to put outside you can also use PVC pipe cut down. Also a red candle works to add drips to them.
Do you go all out for Halloween? I would love to see some of your creepy decor ideas.