If you don’t know this about me already, I love Halloween. It’s my favorite holiday. I am also
a cheapskate somewhat frugal and I love to DIY. So when I found out you could make a ton of really awesome Halloween props and decorations for little money I made it my mission to start building a menagerie of faBOOlous things. (Don’t tell my ‘let’s-not-have-projects-spread-out-all-over-the-house’ husband!)
First up – PVC candles. Regrettably I did not take step-by-step photos as I wasn’t planning on doing a tutorial. There are lots of tutorials online and I sort of combined methods from a couple different ones. If you would like me to make one just let me know, I plan to make more of these candles!
Here are the basics.
MATERIALS & TOOLS:
2″ PVC Pipe – I bought a 5′ section ($4.18)
Pipe Insulation – I bought a bag and later discovered I did not need nearly that much! ($3.89) – If you get a different size of PVC Pipe you may have to get a different size of insulation. You want the insulation to fit snugly inside the PVC pipe.
Glue Gun & Glue Sticks, LOTS of Glue Sticks ($6.97 for 50 sticks at Wal-Mart)
Rustoleum Specialty Plastic Primer Spray – I used white ($3.99)
Basic Acrylic Paints (About $1.00 a bottle) – I used a black, brown, white, and a tan color
Saw – I used a chop saw, which is probably the easiest although you could use a hacksaw
Sharp Kitchen Knife
Flickering LED tealight – (About $1 each at the Dollar Store. I got mine on Amazon)
Small Paint Brush
Paper Towels or Rag
Mr. Clean Magic Eraser ($3.47 for pack of 4)
Nail Polish Remover ($1.00 at Wal-Mart?)
- Cut the PVC pipe to the size you would like your candles. I did 12″, 10″, 8″ and 6″.
- Use the Magic Eraser and nail polish remover to remove the red and black print on the side of the pipe as best you can. I couldn’t get it to come off 100% but that’s fine, you’ll paint over it and if the paint doesn’t cover it all just add a wax drip over it!
- Use the glue gun to create the look of the melted wax at the top of the candle and drips down the side. Keep the gun close to the pipe; you don’t want any strings. Do this in layers so you build up the wax look really nice. Let dry.
- Spray paint white and let dry.
- Cut a section of the insulation with your knife. I cut maybe a 2″ section. Insert in the top of the PVC pipe. This will hold the LED candle.
- Add details and age the candle with your acrylic paints. There is a really great tutorial HERE that I referred to. They used a different method for the inside of the candles but I used the info on how to paint pretty closely. Basically I painted the entire candle with a foam brush using a mix of the tan and white paints. I used a combination of my foam brush and paint brush to get a mixture of dark brown and black paint into all the crevices to create the shadows. Then I took a paper towel (sometimes a little damp, sometimes dry) and wiped at the shadow painted areas to create the effect I wanted. I used the foam brush to add some highlights over the top with a mix of tan/white/brown. It’s really whatever you like. I hated my first version so I painted over it and started again. In the end, it kind of looks like a Monet; from far away it’s OK, but up close it’s a big old mess. (Who got the Clueless quote right there?? Anyone? Bueller??)
- Add the LED candle at the top. You can push the insulation up or down to show more or less of the “flame”.
- Some people will glue these together in clusters but I liked keeping mine separate so I can place them however I like.