Fun Spooky Halloween LED Candles

6 Materials
1 Hour

I really wanted black LED candles but wasn't thrilled about the pricetag. So, I decided to make some ๐Ÿ˜

You'll need one pool noodle, electrical tape, hot glue gun and glue sticks, black paint, and 3 flameless tealight candles

Chances are, you have most of these items already in your home making this an inexpensive project, which is my favorite kind of project ๐Ÿ˜Š

First, cut your pool noodle into three different sizes. This is completely up to you and the size that you want. I used a box cutter to do this and cut it into 4", 6", and 8" pieces

Since the battery operated tealights are too large for the hole in the noodle, I simply cut out a larger hole with the box cutter.

Allow a little extra room for the tealight so that it's easy to take it out to turn it on/off (unless you have remote controlled candles)

Now, grab your electrical tape

Wrap it around each pool noodle piece.

I wrapped the last row of tape around the top edge and into the middle where the candle will go.

This protects the foam noodle from the next step

Apply lots of hot glue all along the top and allow it to drip down the outside of the candle. When you apply more hot glue in one spot, it will give you longer drips

This step is optional -

I took my heat gun and applied some heat in random areas to give the foam a deformed look.

Just hold the heat gun about 6 inches from the pool noodle for about 5-10 seconds. Don't hold it in one spot for too long because it will burn a hole through the pool noodle. Hold it just long enough for the noodle to start to look deformed

I wanted a matte black look, so once the hot glue was set, I used a black chalk paint and painted the "candles"

Paint the tops of the tealights (not the flame) and allow to dry, then turn them on and put them in your new candles

Decorate, and enjoy ๐Ÿ‘ป๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ

I really love the way they came out, and they look great on my mantle

You could even paint the hot glue drips red for a super spooky twist ๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ‘ป

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I really hope you've enjoyed reading this tutorial and are inspired to get creative! โ™ฅ๏ธ

Suggested materials:

  • Pool Noodle   (Amazon)
  • Hot glue gun   (Amazon)
  • Hot glue sticks   (Amazon)
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Frequently asked questions

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  • Lauren Schafer Lauren Schafer on Oct 21, 2021

    Anyone know where to find pool noodles this time of year?

  • Carol Bratton Carol Bratton on Oct 21, 2021

    Those bats are nice. Did you make those too? If not, where did they come from?

  • Brenda Brenda on Oct 29, 2021

    how do you turn off the candle when not in used? if it is glued down and oainted over?


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  • Beth Parsons Beth Parsons on Oct 27, 2021

    What a clever idea!

  • ItsMeLauraV ItsMeLauraV on Oct 27, 2021

    icon DITTO.... to your previous commenter...

    I at first thought I wasnโ€™t interested in this project ~ but continued on with your photographs ~ and totally ENJOYED learning how this Curiously Creative Candle ๐Ÿ•ฏ Project turned out & this may be one โ˜๏ธ that I actually will be trying ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‘ปA perfect idea for outdoors as well without worry of the SUN โ˜€๏ธ taking over and melting before sundown - thatโ€™s here in Southern California where October is a very warm & melty hot month ~ while nights are frigid & so coldโ„๏ธ๐ŸŒŽ I often love having candles out for effect and forget to bring inside during the day- I may sound complaining but probably to some Iโ€™m bragging - Iโ€™ll say I am both -

    and Iโ€™ll say congratulations on this Job Well Done - PROPS to You๐Ÿช…๐ŸŽ‰โœด๏ธ