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Floating Halloween Candles

You’ll never believe how easy it is to make floating Halloween candles! And it’s a great way to upcycle toilet paper rolls!

I finally got out of my crafting funk so I decided to make one last Halloween DIY. It’s another super easy one that kids can help with – especially the painting. And even if you’re not crafty, you can still put this together!

As I was stalking Pinterest one night I came across something similar to these floating Halloween candles. They had painted their “candles” white, which also looked really good. However, I wanted something different and a little more Halloween candle-ish.

So I decided to save some more toilet paper rolls after making my toilet paper roll pumpkin, and turn them into floating Halloween candles.

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How to make floating Halloween candles

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What you need:

materials needed for floating Halloween candles
  • Toilet paper roll
  • Hot glue gun & glue sticks
  • Craft paint
  • Paintbrush (I started with a sponge brush, but a regular paintbrush works better)
  • Fishing line
  • Battery-operated tealight candles (You can get a pack of two for $1 at Dollar Tree or here.)
  • Scissors
  • Sewing needle

What you do:

Step 1

Add hot glue around the top of the toilet paper roll. Just go around the entire roll making lines in random places to look like dripping wax. Set it aside and let the glue completely dry.

Step 2

After the glue has dried, paint the entire toilet paper roll, plus the glue. I used black for my Halloween floating candles, but you can use any color. I think it would even be cool to paint the toilet paper roll black and the hot glue red. Or you can paint it white and reuse it for Christmas, too.

Let the paint completely dry.

Step 3

Cut two long pieces of fishing line per floating Halloween candle. Use a sewing needle to thread the fishing line through the toilet paper roll on opposite sides from each other.

Criss-crossing the fishing line like this will support the tealight candle and allow you to hang it from the ceiling.

Step 4

Set a battery-operated tealight candle on top of the crisscrossed fishing line.

Next, hang the floating Halloween candle from the ceiling using a pushpin or tack. Or if the weather is nice, you can hang them from tree limbs outside.

However, do not hang these outside in the rain because they will ruin if they get wet.

I love how these floating Halloween candles turned out. I wish I had a covered porch to hang a bunch of them from. That would look so spooky!

floating Halloween candles

The pictures are terrible. No matter where I hung these floating Halloween candles I just could not get a good picture. But I hope you at least get the idea of what they look like.

And I promise that from a distance you can’t see the fishing line. I took close up photos so you can see it in my pictures.

Floating Halloween Candles

What’s your favorite Halloween decoration?

Looking for more Halloween DIYs? I recommend these:
Light-Up Spider Web Wreath
Creepy Hanging Cage
Cobweb Wreath
Spooky Crystal Ball
Haunted Mirror

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Floating Halloween Candles

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Michelle is a stay-at-home homeschool mom who loves DIYs and living a frugal lifestyle.

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  1. I love this! What a neat idea! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you so much!

  2. Very creative πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘πŸ’–

    1. Thank you! πŸ˜€

  3. You are so creative and budget conscious! This is such a cute idea, thank you for sharing.

    1. Thank you so much!

  4. Lovely design. πŸ€—

    1. Thank you! πŸ™‚

  5. Michelle how neat those candles look hanging. Your Halloween decorations are so cute. Happy Halloween week.

    1. Thank you so much! I hope you have a nice Halloween!

  6. Hehe! How clever, Michelle.

    1. Thank you! πŸ˜€

  7. They look so fun and creative, especially for a Halloween party! Thank you for sharing Michelle. πŸŽƒπŸŒ™πŸ§‰

    1. Thank you! They would be fun for a Halloween party. πŸ™‚

      1. Absolutely and I certainly enjoy Halloween festivities. As it is, we are all wearing masks and what a Hallo that is!πŸŽƒπŸ‚

  8. What a clever idea Michelle! The candles look really spooky just hanging in mid-air like that. This seems like it would be a fabulous craft projects to get the kids involved with too. Thanks for another cute idea!

    1. Thank you! Kids would have fun making these, too. My daughter thought they were so cool hanging up in the dark. πŸ™‚

  9. they look great, what an awesome idea, i’m showing this to my granddaughter ill see if she wants to do it with me. thanks Michelle xo

    1. Thank you! She would love these! πŸ™‚

  10. Girl!! You are so darn creative!! What a fun and inexpensive way to add a little β€œspooky” to your home this Halloween!

    1. Thank you! They are so easy to make, too! πŸ™‚

  11. Very cool idea!

    1. Thank you!!

  12. I wondered about using real tealights in cardboard rolls but these are perfect! Such an easy craft to do as well, thank you for sharing πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

  13. Oh my goodness!! Those are fun!! I especially love the ones outdoors!!

    1. Thank you so much!! It was so hard to get a good picture because every time I tried to take a picture the wind would blow. πŸ˜‚

      1. Oh I bet so…maybe that would add character though!πŸ˜„

  14. This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing! πŸ˜„

    1. Thanks so much!! πŸ™‚

      1. πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

  15. That’s super cool and spooky!

    1. Thank you! πŸ™‚

  16. These are a brilliant idea and so easy!

    1. Thank you so much!!

  17. These are adorable! It amazes me how many uses there are for those little battery operated tea light candles. Don’t you think?

    I agree with you — this would be a super spooky decoration if you hung a bunch of them under a covered porch for Halloween. Kids would probably enjoy the creative fun too! πŸ˜‰

    P.S. I’m glad you are out of your craft funk. I think our creative sides need a rest now & then too!

    1. Thank you so much! I know what you mean! I’m so glad Dollar Tree has so many because I’m always grabbing them and using them for something. πŸ™‚

      Thank you! I agree- sometimes our minds just need to shut down and do nothing for a little bit, just like our bodies.

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