Harry Potter Inspired Floating Halloween Candles

8 Materials
$5
1 Hour
Easy

If you are planning any Halloween festivities these are a fun little addition. And if you are a Harry Potter fan these will bring you even more joy. These fake candles cost me $4 to make and are a perfectly spooky yet somehow pretty addition for Halloween. All you need is some old paper towel and toilet paper rolls, hot glue, fishing wire and flameless tea lights to make these floating candles.
harry potter inspired floating halloween candles, halloween decorations, home decor, lighting, seasonal holiday decor
SUPPLIES: -Flameless Tea Lights -Hot Glue -Paper Towel and Toilet Paper Tubes -Push Pins -Cream Craft Paint -Fishing Line -Paintbrush -Cupcake Liners *I did not end up use the plastic container in the picture.
harry potter inspired floating halloween candles, halloween decorations, home decor, lighting, seasonal holiday decor
STEP 1: Add dripping hot glue streams from the top of several toilet paper and paper towel roll tubes. It is a good idea to start from the bottom up to create that great globby drip at the bottom of the stream. This really makes it look like the top of a candle melting over.

harry potter inspired floating halloween candles, halloween decorations, home decor, lighting, seasonal holiday decor
STEP 2: Once your glue has dried paint over the entire tube glue and all with a cream like colored craft paint. You may have to do several coats over the glue to make sure there aren't any streaks or chips.
harry potter inspired floating halloween candles, halloween decorations, home decor, lighting, seasonal holiday decor
STEP 3: Take a cupcake liner and pat it into the inside of the roll from the bottom. Put small dabs of glue to keep it in place. This is so that the candle doesn't look open and bottomless when you hang it. You can also cut a circle out of white paper and glue it in place. (If you use white cupcake liners you can put it in with the bottom out verses the way shown. Mine were cream polka dot so I just fed them in this way. They still look like they have a bottom when hanging this way)
harry potter inspired floating halloween candles, halloween decorations, home decor, lighting, seasonal holiday decor
STEP 4: Take your flameless tea light and line it up with the top to see where the fishing line should be fed through the tube. Take a push pin and push a hole through the tube directly below the bottom of the tea light. You will repeat this directly on the opposite side of the tube and again two more times on either side. Basically you will be poking 4 holes around the tube so that they are evenly spaced with sets of 2 being lined directly across from one another.
harry potter inspired floating halloween candles, halloween decorations, home decor, lighting, seasonal holiday decor
STEP 5: Cut a long piece of fishing line and feed it through one hole and out the hole that is directly across from it on the tube.
harry potter inspired floating halloween candles, halloween decorations, home decor, lighting, seasonal holiday decor
STEP 6: Repeat by cutting another piece of fishing wire and feeding it through the remaining two holes. It should look like the picture above where the wire criss-crosses creating a holding net for the tea light.
harry potter inspired floating halloween candles, halloween decorations, home decor, lighting, seasonal holiday decor
STEP 7: Now simply turn on your tea light and drop it in carefully so that it rests on the wires.
harry potter inspired floating halloween candles, halloween decorations, home decor, lighting, seasonal holiday decor
Now all you have to do is hang them where you wish! You can use the clear pushpins to hang the wire so that you can't see what they are hanging from.
harry potter inspired floating halloween candles, halloween decorations, home decor, lighting, seasonal holiday decor
This would even be a fun project for kids to make (if they are old enough to handle hot glue) You could just make these so they aren't floating too. Super quick, easy, and cheap!
harry potter inspired floating halloween candles, halloween decorations, home decor, lighting, seasonal holiday decor
I had a light on so you can see the wires glistening, but when you turn the lights off they pretty much disappear!
harry potter inspired floating halloween candles, halloween decorations, home decor, lighting, seasonal holiday decor
You could make hundreds of these and fill a whole ceiling! I know it takes a while to get through hundreds of toilet paper and paper towels, but I have heard that you can purchase them in bulk online if you are really wanting to make loads of these. (This picture is pretty fuzzy, but as you can see the wires are no longer visible in the dark)
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  • Marcia Dagostino
    on Sep 29, 2016

    How do you attach the four pieces of wire on the top?

    • Lin Collins
      on Oct 7, 2018

      Have you considered tying the four end together in a knot?

      Please tell me you did NOT actually attempt to hot glue them together . . .

  • Sharee
    on Oct 12, 2017

    Really cute. But will a single pushpin hold one of these candles to the ceiling? And do you really want to put all those pushpin holes in the ceiling?
    • Casey
      on Oct 12, 2017

      You can fill tiny holes like those with plain white toothpaste. Not really a big deal.
  • Maria Ennabi
    on May 17, 2019

    Hi, how can l paint the plastic bottles and styrofoam Plat and the colors not come out.

    thank you

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