Hello lovelies and welcome to another crafty instalment from Suzy’s world.
Hold up! A blog post on a THURSDAY?
It must be Halloween.
This project was one I actually did last year but never got around to writing up. Also, last year’s pictures were pretty rubbish. And we can’t have THAT!
So… remember Harry Potter and the hanging candles in the Great Hall at Hogwarts? I had a notion to try my hand at making some of my own, for the Great Hallway of OneandSeventy.
They turned out brilliantly, even if I do say so myself, so I’ve dragged ’em out again for this Halloween.
Who’d have thought loo rolls could be so versatile?
Despite being an integral part of last year’s Halloween decorations and spending 12 months in the loft, they’ve sustained zero damage, so they should last for many Halloweens to come.
Read on to see how I made them…
Oh! You’ll have to excuse the errant black sheep among the pictures, I made a second batch for a local shop owner’s Halloween window and got my pictures mixed up.
- Toilet Roll inserts – you’ll need two for each candle. Maybe this close to Halloween might be a stretch. It kinda depends on how many men you have in the house 😉
- Scissors or cutting machine – seriously, SO much easier!
- Spray paint
- Glue gun and glue – preferably cool melt to avoid any burned fingers
- Invisible thread or fishing wire
- Hole punch
- Battery-operated tea light candles – I thoroughly recommend investing in a set of remote controlled ones; they make seriously light work (get it?! *groan*) of illuminating anything in awkward places. I’ve used mine for all sorts, including Christmas.
- Drawing pins – preferably the same colour as your ceiling
Make your own Harry Potter Hanging Candles
Try and make the holes as even as possible, so your candles hang straight.
You know, like mine all do… NOT!
At this point, you’ll want to cut circles from card that are the same diameter as the bottom of your tube.
Cut as many circles as you have candles.
I use a big cardboard box for all my spray-painting (well…all that will fit in the box, of course!).
Lucky I had all those empty whisky bottles…!
To create the drips, simply move your glue gun up and down from top to bottom. Don’t block up the holes, as you’ll need those to hang your candles!
Here’s a little video to demonstrate. Just ignore the chatting at the beginning, I did try cutting the video down on YouTube, but failed miserably!
Cue errant black candles…
The second Loo Roll tube will become the base for your tea light to sit on inside the candle.
Measure the depth of your tea light and reduce the length of the loo roll insert, so that both the base and the tea light fit nicely in the candle – you want to see that flame poking out of the top.
Once you’ve cut the loo roll to fit, simply roll it in on itself until it fits snugly inside the candle.
Tie on your thread, pop in a tea light and hang.
You are ready to rock!
The Great Hallway of OneandSeventy has white ceilings, so I use white drawing pins to hang my candles. This year, I probably needn’t have bothered, since I blu-tacked a spider onto each of them.
Well… that Mummy spider had to send her babies somewhere!
I hope you love this project. With Witching Hour almost upon us, it might be a bit late for your Great Halloween Hallway, but this is a great DIY if you fancy some hanging candles for Christmas. Think hanging inside a frosty window.
A hui hou,