DIY Floating Candles Halloween Decor

October 11, 2017

Remember those eerie dining halls at hogwarts? the one in the Grand Hall? Remember those whimsical floating candles? Yes those. Well I'm here to give a tutorial on how to make your own floating candle decor for halloween.

  • White cartolina
  • White acrylic paint
  • Tea or Pencil Lights
  • Glue gun w/ glue stick
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Nylon string
  • Paint Brush
  • Masking Tape

Step 1: First step is to cut your cartolina to size, make sure that the width of the cartolina goes all around the circumference of your tea light with a little allowance of course, and the length would depend on how tall you want your candle to be. My tea light's circumference is 12.5cm, and I cut my cartolina into 13cmx27cm

Tip: use a tape measure for accurate measuring of the circumference of your tea light. if you don't have any, just use any strip of paper, roll it around the cylindrical form and mark where the paper meets.

Step 2: Cut a a small lengthwise piece of cartolina like the photo below, place your tea light at the center then fold both sides to make a brace for your tea light, this will serve as a stopper for your tealight so it wouldn't fall off. Once you're done, set your brace aside till step 6.

Note: We are not gluing the tealight to the cartolina, the reason for this is, we need to be able to remove the tea light to turn it on or off

Step 3: Using the cartolina we cut from step 1, and your tea light, roll it around like a sushi (mmm sushi) then tape it into place, make sure you leave a small allowance so that the tealight can slide out once you're done with this step

Tip: Use masking tape on this one as it's easier to paint, later on.

Step 4: Cut a piece of nylon string and attach one end of the nylon string on the top edge of the cartolina tube using masking tape, then tape the other end of the nylon to the parallel side/spot on the same cartolina tube to have like a nylon handle which will be used to hang our candles later.

Step 5: tear the top edge of your tube, we do this because we need to make the candle look like it's been used

Step 6: Using the small piece of cartolina from step 2, the brace, tape it inside the top part of your cartolina tube.

Tip: It's ok if your cartolina tube looks horrible with a lot of masking tape around as we'll cover it up later.

Step 7: Using your glue gun, run random streaks, at random length and flow, of glue on the top part of your tube, let it dry, this will give the effect of wax dripping

Tip: Don't let the tip of your glue gun touch the nylon string as it can melt it.

Step 8: Paint the entire outline of the cartolina tube including the streaks you just made

Tip: The reason why I'm painting the whole thing ever though it's already white, is for added texture and once it's dry the tube will be stronger.

Step 9: Once the paint is dry you can now hang it using a nylon string. Once it's hanged turn on your tea light and put it inside and you're done!

Note that for one piece of cartolina you'll be able to do atleast 15 of these.

*Prices are rounded off

Cartolina (Any book or craft store)                  14php
Acrylic paint (Any book or craft store)             23php
Tea Lights (pack of 6 at Daiso)                        88php
Nylon string (Any book or craft store)              25php
Masking Tape (Any book or craft store)           14php

TOTAL                                                             164php

  • This easy and affordable DIY is soo fun to make, you can make a whole bunch and replicate that famous Hogwarts Grand Hall
  • This can be re-used or recycled for other events such as christmas, new year, wedding and valentines day
  • You can paint whatever color you'd like, just make sure that you also paint the tealight accordingly

Thank you so much for sticking with me till the end, This is my second DIY for halloween. If you like this DIY make sure to visit my previous DIY Traveler's "I was here" corkboard


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