How to Make Harry-Potter-Inspired Floating Halloween Candles

Amanda C, Hometalk Team
by Amanda C, Hometalk Team
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1 Hour

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 DIY floating candles.

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Tools and materials for the DIY

Tools and materials:

  • 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.
Adding glue drips

1. Add glue

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.

Painting the candles

2. Paint

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.

Adding a cupcake liner

3. Add a cupcake liner

Take a cupcake liner and pat it on 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 versus 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.

Lining up the flameless candles

4. Measure the flameless candles

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.

Threading the fishing line

5. Add fishing line

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.

Adding the fishing line

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.

Adding the tea lights

7. Add the tea light

Now simply turn on your tea light and drop it in carefully so that it rests on the wires.

DIY floating candle

DIY floating candles

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.

DIY floating candles

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!

How to make DIY floating candles

I had a light on so you can see the wires glistening, but when you turn the lights off they pretty much disappear!

DIY floating candles inspired by Harry Potter

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.

Harry Potter DIY Decor

For more creative projects inspired by the Wizarding World, discover Hometalk's top Harry Potter DIY decor ideas or our favorite DIY Halloween candles and holders.

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  • Sharee 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?

  • Maria Ennabi 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

  • Jennifer Shook-Alberini Jennifer Shook-Alberini on Aug 25, 2020

    What next color paint can we used since Amazon is out of that color? I can’t used spray paint cuz of my severe asthma

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