How to Create a Paper Towel Candle - Excel Blades

We love to create themed decorations with our tools.  These cheap and easy Halloween candles made from paper towel and toilet paper rolls are tons of fun for everyone!  Halloween home décor can be expensive, and you could end up spending more money than you planned on.  This easy DIY is a cheap and spooky replacement to the real thing.  Not only will you have your guests in aww of your homemade decoration but, you’ll have the best Halloween decorations around!
This easy Halloween decoration is simple and only takes about an hour.  It’s a fun diy décor idea you can do with the kids or by yourself.  These candles are a great example of how you can create amazing Halloween decorations by recycling things you already have around your house.  Not only can you make these candles for Halloween, but you can also make them as a Christmas decoration too! Just change the colors, add some glitter and vwala! 
-Glue gun
-Paper Towel Roll
-Paper Clips
-Battery-Operated Candles
-Wax/Parchment Paper

Step 1: Grab your cutting mat, paper towel roll and mitre box set.  Insert your saw blade (item #30490) into your K5 handle (item #16005).  Put your mitre box on the edge of the table and place your paper towel roll inside the mitre box.  Then, saw your paper towel tube in half.

Step 2: Next, grab your wax paper, K18, marker and paper towel tube you just cut.  Place the end of the paper towel tube onto the wax paper and trace the tube with your marker.  With your K18, cut out the circle you just traced on the wax paper.  Do this for all of the candles you will be making.


Step 3: Grab your glue gun and place glue in the center and edges of the wax paper. It is important to put glue in the center of the paper to add weight so the candle doesn’t tip over. Take your paper towel roll and place it onto the circle.


Step 4: Now, let’s make “wax drippings”.  Using your glue gun, squeeze glue along the edge of the paper towel roll.  Once you are done creating your drippings, let the hot glue dry.

Step 5: Now it’s time to paint!  Grab your paint brush and start painting your candle.  We chose to paint the candle white.  Make sure you paint your entire candle, including the hot wax.  Once you are done painting, let the candle dry.


Step 6: Now, let’s give these candles a spooky look. Grab some grey paint, a paper towel and a dry paintbrush.  Brush off the excess grey paint onto the paper towel. Now, dry brush the grey paint onto the candle.  This will help give the candle a weathered look.

TIP: if you make an area too dark, grab a clean dry brush and white paint (or whatever color you are painting your candle).  Dry brush the section you want to make lighter.


Step 7: Now, grab your battery-operated candle and place it inside the paper towel tube. 

TIP: If the tea light is too small to fit inside the tube, grab your glue gun and put little dabs of glue inside. This will reduce the radius of the tube and allow the candle to fit in securely. Set aside to let the hot glue dry before putting the tea light inside the candle.


Step 8: If you have a larger tube that you used to create a candle.  Grab 4 paper clips and link them together.  Glue one side of the paper clip onto the inside edge of the tube.  This will help create a “net” for the battery-operated candle to sit on.


Step 9: Once the glue is dry, place your candle inside.  Now you are done!


Not only is this a great DIY for Halloween but, you can create these candles for any holiday!  All you have to do is change the color of the candle.


We hope you enjoyed creating this awesome Halloween candle as much as we did!  Don't forget to show us how you DIY by tagging us on Instagram at excelblades and  Subscribe to our YouTube channel for more DIY projects and tips on our tools.

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