Making Spooky TP Tube Candles

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October 1, 2018

Spooky Candles - lit candles on red surfaceThis is a super cheap and fun way to make spooky looking candles for Halloween. All you need is some cardboard tubes from toilet paper, hot glue, paint, and battery operated votives. You can paint them any colour you'd like. I went with black for a Black and White ball I am hosting.


Total Time: 1 hour plus dry time


  • toilet paper tubes
  • hot glue gun with glue
  • spray paint or acrylic paint
  • battery operated votives
  • stones (optional)
  • masking tape
Spooky Candles - supplies


  1. Rip a bit off one end from the cardboard tubes. This will create a jagged top where the "wax" will run down from.
  2. Spooky Candles - rip one end off the TP tubes
  3. Add blobs of hot glue to the the jagged tops so it looks like wax is pooling at the top of the candles.
  4. Spooky Candles - add blobs of hot glue to the top to look like wax
  5. Add hot glue going down, pooling a bit at the bottom of each stream.
  6. Spooky Candles - add more hot glue running down the sides and pooling at the bottom

  7. Paint the waxy tubes so they're totally covered. Make sure to get the insides of the top portions. Stand them up and allow to dry completely. You can paint the votives to blend in with the candle, but I left mine white.
  8. Spooky Candles - paint the tubes completely including down the inside top a bit
  9. Turn the votives on and push them up the tube from the bottom if you don't have space from the "pooling wax" to do some from the top. You can tape them in from the inside, but mine just locked into place nicely.
  10. Spooky Candles - turn on the votives and push up from the bottom
  11. If they're going to be outside and need some stability, fill with stones.
  12. Spooky Candles - stones will lend stability if they are going to be outside

  13. Tape the bottoms shut if you're going to move them around at all.
  14. Spooky Candles - tape the bottoms shut if they are going to be moved at all
  15. Enjoy your melty spooky candles!
  16. Spooky Candles - black candles
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