Monday, October 1, 2012

31 Days of Halloween - Faux Candles

Welcome to another '31 Days of Halloween' series!  When I started putting this together in August (at least the crafting part, I've been planning since spring) I began to realize that this amounts to my busy season.  Accountants have tax season, I have Halloween.

I'm starting with this project because it was so much fun to make.  And, it took about seven seconds to put together.  And, IT IS AWESOME.

You can make your own faux candles.  IS THAT NOT AWESOME?

Break out your trusty toilet paper rolls and some electric tealights.  Split the toilet paper rolls up the sides:


And then measure them around your tealights.  Once you've got your proper measurement, hot glue the sides back together.  This helps your tealight fit snugly inside.  If you do this well enough, you won't need to stuff the faux candle to hold the tealight at the top.  Anyhoo... let's move on.


Since you've got the hot glue gun nice and hot, use it to make some fake wax drippings.  Hot glue is awesome for fake wax drippings.


With your tealights out of the tube, spray paint them black.  One good coat should do the job.  For the top of the tealights, I grabbed some scrap felt and cut out circles.  A little notch in the top to slip the fake flame through and voila... I HAD FAKE CANDLES.



I love these... really, they are one of my favorite projects this year... and they cost almost nothing!  Happy Halloween!
Thrifty Crafty Girl
I link up at these great parties!

37 comments:

  1. OMG! I need these! Too perfect for Halloween! I love the simplicity of it all. Great job!

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  2. When I think you can't WOW me anymore, along comes these candles. I am beyond WOW. How about a WOWZER? Seriously, these are great. (And I know you've already thought about a different color of paint for Christmas candles, haven't you?) Now see, this is why I cringe when I throw away toilet paper tubes or paper towel tubes. I just know there is another use for them. Maybe I should just have a big box to save those valuable things for you???? These look fantastic!

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  3. Genius! And I have all the makings already! I use these tea lights on their own each year at Christmas on the mantle, and then pack them away into Halloween stuff for use with my porch decorations. I love that both holidays can enjoy this upgrade this year!

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  4. These are awesome! I was already going shopping tonight for black spray paint so I know what I'm making tomorrow!
    I LOVE Haloween.

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  5. Wow! That's a "1st Place Winner" for "Thrifty Crafty Creations!"
    I just found your blog and must say that it is such an inspiration for me, as a new blogger myself. I did a little "pinning" for you and will now be "stalking you" and learning all that I can from your very inspirational blog!
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  6. My daughter's birthday is this month and she loves it because she can have Halloween themed parties. I'll have to show her these so we can make them! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You're right, these are AWESOME! :)

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  7. Brilliant! I just bought a pack of these fake tea light candles and only used 1. I had no idea what I was going to do with the other 3. I LOVE this idea. So simple, yet oh so cool!

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  8. Can't wait to make these! They may make an appearence in my classroom :)

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  9. OMG!! These are AWESOME!!! they will make the perfect, SAFE addition to my lil munchkins halloween party. Thanks for sharing :)
    Liana x

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  10. If this is what you are coming out of the gate with, I can't wait to see what the rest of the month brings. These are great!

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  11. Love these!!!!! Next year for sure, I'm behind this year already. Not really, I posted about superstitions today, check it out when you have time. Hugs

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  12. Totally awesome! Can you please come Halloween craft my home?

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  13. Those are SO COOL! I love them. And, they would scare away zombies. Just sayin'.

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  14. Awesome! I LOVE this-thanks for sharing! I finally got my halloween decorations pulled out yesterday and it feels like its missing something-I may have to make one or ten of these for my house now ;)
    http://mommysordinarymagic.blogspot.com

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  15. Love this! Good job!!!

    Carmen and the Primcats

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  16. These will be perfect on my mantle! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful idea!
    Hugs, Penny

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  17. I love how the simple ideas are often the best ones. They look impressive!

    Jess @ Tupelo Creative

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  18. That is a great thrifty craft.

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  19. Oh my stars!! I think you are my long lost twin--only fraternal, since I made mine white! Then strung spider webbing around them with spiders crawling around them. They are on my TO-POST list for my blog and I'll link over here when I've got it up!

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  20. These are GREAT!!! I have to try this. They would be great in red for Christmas.
    Thanks for linking up with Link Up and Spook On. I already follow you. ;0

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  21. Very Cool! My weekly linky party--One Creative Weekend--has gone spooky this week in honor of my thirteenth party. If you haven’t already, I hope you’ll visit "One Creative Weekend" on OneCreativeMommy.com (open every Fri-Wed) and link up this idea and anything else you’d like to share. (You can include non-Halloween posts as well, but feel free to link up as many Halloween-themed posts as you like.) There are two categories—one for Halloween and one for everything else.

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  22. Cool-o-rama! I love this brilliant idea. Thanks for sharing it.

    Warmly, Michelle

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  23. Those are so coooollll!!! Great idea and project!

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  24. Thanks for linking up to last week's Tuesday Confessional link party. You've been featured and Pinned so head over and grab a brag button!

    http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2012/10/tuesday-confessional-halloween-features.html
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    ~Macy

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  25. creative! how do you turn them off and on?

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  26. Thats the best use of the hot glue ever! very cool

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  27. I have seen black fake tea lights at Michael's!

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  28. How hard is it to turn the candles on and off in the longer ones?

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    1. I just grab the top little flame thingy and pull them out. I flip the little switch and shove 'em back in. Easy-peasy!

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  29. These are just WOW! Thanks for the awesome idea. My (and my kids') enthusiasm for Halloween decorating drastically exceeds our decorating budget, so this is the perfect project for us.

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