Spooky Halloween Candles Tutorial

Spooky Halloween Candles Tutorial

Hi there! Today I’m sharing this Spooky Halloween Candles Tutorial! This is a super inexpensive way to make those cool drippy candles that are perfect for Halloween decorating. The best part about making your own is you can customize the height and the color to whatever you want them to be. Let’s get started!

You might also like our printable Halloween place cards or table tents, too.

Spooky Halloween Candles Tutorial


  • paper towel roll
  • masking tape
  • battery operated tea lights
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun
  • paint brush or foam brush
  • paint
  • glitter
  • clear gloss spray paint (optional)

Start by cutting your paper towel roll into the height of candles that you want. I cut mine in half, with one half longer than the other. This way one candle will be taller than the other. Now take two thin pieces of masking tape, and put one over the other in the shape of an X. With the sticky side down of the tape facing down, place your battery operated tea light on the non sticky side of the crossed tape.

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Set your tea light and tape down into the opening of your tube, adjusting it until the tea light is level with the top of the tube. Remove the tea light, and press the tape down into the tube and fold the ends over the edges. Test it by setting your tea light back in, and making sure it looks right. Adjust the tape if necessary.

Once your tape is where it needs to be, the fun part begins! Please be very careful while working with the glue gun like this, as it’s easy to get burned. Run the glue gun down the side of the tube, making longer and shorter drips. I also built up a rim of hot glue on the edge of the tube, as wax often builds up around the edge before dripping down.

I kept adding more and more layers of hot glue, until I was happy with the final look. Make sure that you can still fit your tea light inside. If it won’t fit, you can use a craft knife to trim off any excess glue. Go ahead and add your glue drips to every candle you want to make.

Wait about 30 minutes until all the glue is completely set. Now you can go ahead and paint your candle! Use a small brush or foam brush, and paint your candle whatever color you like. When your paint is fully dry, take a small brush and add one more layer of paint to just the drips. While the paint is still wet, go ahead and sprinkle your glitter all over the drips! Repeat this for all of your candles.

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You can either leave them as is, or if you’re like me and don’t like having glitter everywhere, you can seal the candles with a clear gloss spray paint. This gives them a glossy finish and seals in the glitter so you won’t still be finding orange glitter in summertime!

If you’d like, you can also paint your tea lights to match. However, I chose not to do that because I use the same set of tea lights for various holiday decoration setups. Set your tea lights inside of your candles, and you’re all done!

I hope your found this Spooky Halloween Candles Tutorial helpful! Have fun decorating during this super spooky season!

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