This project grew out of a master plan to create a creepy Voodoo-inspired altar display for our yearly Halloween party. There are lots of these types of DIY candles all over the internet made from both t.p. rolls and PVC, but I wasn't finding exactly the look I was going for. Most importantly, the tops of the candles didn't look great, plus I wanted them to have a more aged look.
These candles require 2 layers of glue gun drips, a bit of easy clay sculpting for the tops and some spray painting finesse to create a "sooty", grimy bottom. Here is my take on creepy drip candle props for Halloween. Enjoy!
Step 1: Supplies!
The only thing I'll warn on this is that depending on the size & amount of drip/thickness you want, you'll be going through a LOT of glue sticks! Roughly 1.5 sticks per candle, give or take depending on the size. Buying them in bulk is recommended.
- Silpat or other type of high-heat-resistant, non-stick silicone surface
- Glue gun (40W)
- Matte or satin spray paint in the candle color of your choice
- Matte spray paint in black
- Paper towel and t.p. rolls
- Battery-powered LED tealights (the ones with the flames sticking up)
- Plastilina or similar soft, non-hardening modeling clay
Step 2: Prepare the tubes
Plug in your glue gun so it's ready to go for the next step. Using scissors, cut paper towel and t.p. tubes to varying lengths, leaving one side angled and the other straight.
Cutting the tubes to varying sizes and angle degree keep the candles looking more believable, especially if you have a bunch arranged in a display. Along with single candles I try and plan groupings of 2 or 3 which will be stuck together (see step #6).