How to Make a Pool Noodle Winter or Christmas Candle

4 Materials
20 Minutes

Pick up a pool noodle to make the coolest candle display!

The best part is that they’re so easy to make and cost next to nothing!

SUPPLIES needed for a Pool Noodle Christmas Candle

Dollar Tree Pool Noodle

Kilz Primer

Craft Knife

Tea Light Candles (battery-operated)

White Paint


Hot Glue Gun

Step 1. Use a craft knife or x-acto knife to cut the pool noodle to the size that you want.

I cut 3 in different sizes so I could stagger them.

STEP 2. Place a battery-operated tea light on top of one of the pool noodles to use it as a template for cutting. Use your craft knife to cut a large enough hole to fit the candle.

STEP 3. Place each of the 3 battery-operated candles into the pool noodle to ensure they fit. Make any adjustments as needed.

STEP 5. Use a chip brush and white paint to paint the candle. Be sure to cover the entire candle. Let dry.

STEP 6. Use your hot glue gun to create faux wax running down the top of each candle.

STEP 7. Use your hot glue gun to add a pretty ribbon to the bottom of each candle.

If you want to see the exact step-by-step process, be sure to check out this video tutorial below over on my  YouTube Channel!   

Nothing like a good before and after photo to really see the difference.

Suggested materials:
  • Pool noodle   (dollar store)
  • Hot glue gun   (online)
  • Tea light candles   (dollar store)
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Melanie Ferguson
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  • DD DD on Dec 17, 2021

    when do u use the Kiltz?

  • Karen Goodenough Karen Goodenough on Dec 17, 2021

    Why do you suggest using a chip brush and paint when your image is of spray painting the pool noodle?

  • Jackie Jackie on Dec 24, 2021

    What is step 4? It goes from step 3 to setup 5.

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  • Joan Deal Joan Deal on Dec 24, 2021

    I think think these can be used anytime. You can blend paint and make wooden look or better cut a limb. I love candles! Especially the ones with timers! Merry Christmas everyone. Thank you for sharing your ideas! Can’t wait to get mine done today! Plus helping a friend! Going now!😊🎄❤️✌🏼Peace, faith and hope

  • Barb Barb on Dec 24, 2021

    Will definitely try this for next season