Friday, November 4, 2011

Toilet Paper Roll Candles

Skill level: Easy...

...if you can use a glue gun


Inspiration from:  House of Dewberry
....the imagination on this woman is something 
to be jealous of.  Go check out her site - great inspiration for next year's Halloween party !!


Supplies: Toilet paper/ Paper towel cardboard inserts, 
hot glue, paint, marbles and masking tape.

Step 1:
 Tear off the top of the 
cardboard insert (uneven and jagged)
This will help to create the look of a burnt down candle.

Step 2:
To weight down the cardboard, tape rocks or flat 
marbles to the bottom inside of the toilet paper roll.

 Step 3:
Using masking tape, create a lip inside the top of the 
cardboard roll to house the tea light.

Step 4: 
Drip several layers of hot glue up and down the top of the 
cardboard insert (allowing each layer to dry between coats)

 Step 5:
After the glue dries, paint the cardboard - 
we made batches of white, off white and black candles.

We recruited friends and family to save all cardboard 
inserts for months!  
These faux candles were scattered throughout the party and made a huge impact!! Not to mention, a safe one!


  1. These candles came out great they're perfect! Love seeing the photos of them. Thank you so much for sharing this with me and the link back. You have a wonderful site here.

  2. These are sooooo cool! Such a great idea. Thanks for linking up this week. :)

  3. That's a really cool idea. They look so awesome and old and burnt down.

  4. Awesome idea for safe, creepy candles! :D And using recycled materials, too--even more awesome!

  5. What a great idea!! Love this!

  6. You did a great job on these candles - what a great idea! It would be cool to paint the glue in metallics and use them for Christmas. I'd love for you to share with my readers if you have a moment. Thanks!

  7. OMGOODness!!! I love this project and was literally looking everywhere for something like this!! Thanks so much for the inspiration!! Your newest follower! I would love for you to come link up today @

  8. wow!! these turned out fantastic!! i'll have to pin them for next year!! your halloween decor is amazing!! i'm very impressed!

  9. I love these! I would love to feature this on Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. Thanks!

  10. Love this idea! Cheap, easy and oh so effective. Your candles look very cool.

  11. Wow! I simply love this! Repurposing is right up my alley:) This post is so informative and I think my subscribers would really enjoy reading it. I would love for you to come share it at Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways on Frugally Sustainable this Wednesday. And, I really hope that you will put Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways on your list of carnivals to visit and link to each Wednesday!

    Andrea @ Frugally Sustainable
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  12. So cool! hank you so much for sharing at Taking A Timeout Thursday! Hope to see you again tomorrow :)
    -Trish @ Mom On Timeout

  13. This is SOOO creative.. I LOVE it.. : )) Super adorable..

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