Introduction: Floating Candles! CHEAP Yet Magical!
I don't know about you, but one of my all-time favorite scenes from the Harry Potter series, is the one in the Grand Hall with the floating candles. It's so simple, and yet so breath-taking! I wanted to re-create that look for a party I held, so let me show you how a mere muggle made something magical ;)
Step 1: You Will Need
This project is a bit time consuming, BUT
very inexpensive, and super worth it! Here's what you'll need:
- White battery tea lights (sometimes dollar stores will carry them, but you can also get them cheap around Halloween) I spent 25 cents or less on each one.
- White poster board/white card stock as many as you wish, cut to 8X10 inches. (I made 50)
- Clear fishing line
- White ceiling eye hooks
- Hot glue gun/hot glue sticks
- White craft paint/paint brush
Step 2: Make Your Candle Bodies
You can use toilet paper and paper towel rolls as well, but it can take a long time to collect them, and places like Etsy sell them for WAY TOO MUCH! So, just make them, added bonus you don't have to paint them :)
- I used poster board cut to 8X10 pieces, but card stock would work as well.
- Cut your pieces
- Roll cut pieces length wise and hot glue shut
Step 3: Tops and Bottoms!
- Cut small circles and rectangles
- Glue the circles to the bottom of your candles
- Fit the rectangles into the top of the the candles and secure with hot glue (this will serve as a holder for the tea lights)
Step 4: Drip Drip Drop!
Now the fun part! Create wax drips on your candles with hot glue! You can add just a few little drops, or make it a melty mess! So fun!
Then when the drips have cooled paint them with white craft paint, and let dry.
Step 5: Create Ceiling Structure
You could hang each candle from the ceiling individually, BUT an easier way to hang them is to create a structure with fishing line on the ceiling, and then hang the candles from that.
- pick points on the ceiling that are opposite from each other (whatever distance you choose)
- Place eye hooks on these points
- String fishing line from one hook to the other
- Now you can hang candles from the line, instead of individual hooks
Step 6: String Them Up!
- Add fishing line to your candles.
- If you want them to hand upright, tie them on opposite sides, then on one strand in the middle of those 2 strands
- Hang candles from structure
Step 7: Light - Em Up!
Turn Tea lights on, and place them in each candle.
* Tea light batteries can last anywhere from 4 to 24 hours. Be aware of how long they last, so you know when to turn them on for your event.
Step 8: Enjoy Your Magical Creation!
Muggles have some magic up our sleeves ( we just need time... and fishing line)
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