This Halloween DIY does not get easier! We are going to make dollar tree candles with a pool noodle! It’s so cool you will want to make dozens!
Supplies to make Halloween Candles
Here is what you need to make these fun festive candles
- Pool noodle (any color you can find because you will spray paint them)
- Spray paint
- Dollar Tree tealight candles
- utility knife
- hot glue gun
How to make Dollar tree candles with a pool noodle
Step 1: Cut pool noodle
You just need a steak knife and cut the pool noodles in different sizes. I got 6 candles from one pool noodle.
Step 2: Make a spot for tea lights
The tea lights are a bit wider than the pool noodle middle. So the very top needs to be trimmed out. It was super easy to just cut out the very top. I had a tea light nearby to make sure it fit flush in the top.
Step 3: Add hot glue
I used hot glue to glue the pool noodles into one big item. If you want them all individually, I would recommend placing something on the bottom to stabilize them.
You need to add some “candle drippings” down the top of the candles. A low temp glue gun is needed. but if you don’t have one, I just heated up my hot glue gun. I Unplugged it, and then used it. It cooled down enough to not melt the foam of the pool noodle. Some melting around the edge looks good though!
Step 4: Tape off Candles
The Tea lights are white, so I add some tape around the fake flame and placed them in the candles so I could paint them all together.
Step 5: Paint
The Pool noodles I had were already black, so painting was easy. Just a nice easy paint job. I did add some silver and cream to try to give it more dimension. Heavy spraying will eat away the foam so nice light coats. I also didn’t rid of any of the “glue gun hairs” because I liked the cobweb look!
Step 6: Final Touches
Peel off the tape. You don’t want to glue your tea lights in because you want to access the off-on switches. You could add spiders, and spiderwebs, or put some black and purple flowers or skulls around the base.
They look good sitting on your mantel during the day.
And when it turns dark and the lights flicker on…they look so creepy and great!
If you want to pin this image to save for later, I would love you so much! It really helps people find this tutorial!
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