I've been on a bit of a "roll" lately. Pun intended. I have several projects I'm excited to share starting with this one: Haunted Faux Candles made from repurposed craft rolls. We'd hoped to make another trip to Disneyland around this time but 2020 had other plans. Subconsciously, I think some of my Halloween ideas came from fond memories of things like the Haunted Mansion which this project reminds me of with its Gothic spookiness.
- Empty Craft / Wrapping Paper / Paper Towel Rolls. I used empty vinyl rolls and an empty roll from some tulle. I prefer these to paper towel rolls because they're a bit thicker and heartier.
- Paint. I used Craftsmart Acrylics from Michaels
- Hot Glue and Glue Gun. Stash
- Rub n Buff. Available where fine art supplies are sold
Drizzle hot glue along the top of your rolls to resemble dripping candle wax.
There's no right or wrong way to do this just drip drip here, drip drip there.
Once the glue has set, paint with color of your choice. I used white as shown.
At this point it's personal preference how many coats of paint you use. I went back over with another coat then dry brushed with silver and black to age them.
Once you're satisfied with your candles, you can stop there unless you're me. I wanted to make these look elegant so I decided to highlight some of the candle drips using Antique Gold Rub N Buff. You can also do this with acrylic paint but there's a luster with the Rib N Buff that I love!
It just so happened that a couple of the craft rolls were the right size to hold real tea light candles ( I won't burn these because "fire hazard" but I like the look)
Where tea lights won't fit, you can rest an ornament.
Next time, I'll share the candleholders I did for these! Until then...