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