Halloween DIY Bleeding Candle Decorations

DIY Bleeding Candles for Halloween | Revamperate DIY Bleeding Candles for Halloween | RevamperateIt’s almost time for Halloween! As it gets closet and closer and closer, I think it’s fair that the Halloween projects get a little easier. After all, the earlier you have your decorations up, the longer you can enjoy them. Today’s project is a quick one that you can make in 10 minutes or less and with easy to find supplies. You might already even have the supplies in your house, making this even easier. 

These bleeding candle decorations are really easy to make as a last-minute Halloween decoration . They use two different kinds of wax to give the appearance that a regular white candle is bleeding, and when the lights are dim and the candles are lit, they look pretty creepy. I used a red candle for the “blood” instead of my own wax because it’s easier and less expensive, but if you see yourself as a more advanced candlemaker, then feel free to make your own red wax. 

DIY Bleeding Candles for Halloween | RevamperateTime: 10 minutes 

Supplies:

  • White candles
  • Red candles (or you can make your own red wax)
  • Glass pourable measuring cup

First, lay out the white candles on a piece of parchment and set aside. 

I recommend using a pourable glass measuring cup for the red wax to make sure you achieve a dripping effect on the white candles, but if you don’t have access to a pourable container, you can also just light a candle and drip the wax onto the candle or use something that doesn’t have a pourable spout. 

Place the red candles or red wax into a pot (preferably not an expensive one), and heat on medium heat. Watch carefully until the wax is completely melted and then pour the wax into your pourable measuring cup – careful not to burn yourself! 

Slowly pour the wax along the top edge of the white candles and let it drip. You can also pour straight over the top and let it drip down the sides, but it can be less predictable that way. Always start slow and remember that you can always add more wax, but you can’t remove it once it’s poured, and it dries very quickly. Continue pouring wax along the edge until you are satisfied with the look.

When all the wax has dried, carefully pull the candles from the parchment and remove any wax that has pooled at the base. Of course, you can keep the pools of wax too! That’s up to you. 

Display them on candle holders and light ’em up! They look so much better when lit, and they make a really simple but beautiful Halloween decoration.

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DIY Seashell Candles

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For as long as I can remember, my aunt has had a beach-themed home. We always buy her beachy decor for any holiday. It’s our go-to gift item for her. Even her Christmas tree is beach themed, and it’s adorable. You can totally get away with that when you actually live near the beach I guess. She’s probably getting pretty sick of our gifts, but I have at least one more beachy gift that I hope she’ll like (her birthday is coming up). Homemade seashell candles!

OK, you might have seen a DIY like this on Pinterest once upon a time. I think I have too, but the most exciting part about this project is that you can make them with leftover candles you have lying around the house. I don’t burn candles much at home, so I reused this green apple one I’d only burned a few times.

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Time: 15 minutes 

Supplies:

  • Seashells (larger is easier)
  • Wicks (votive or tea light sized)
  • Leftover candle(s)
  • Saucepan
  • Clothespins

If you gathered the seashells on your own, make sure to wash them first before turning them into candles. Place the candle into an empty saucepan on the stove and begin to melt the wax on low-medium heat. Of course, your candle holder should be glass or metal. Always be careful when melting wax, and wear oven mits to move the container as needed. It will take a few minutes to melt, and you will see the wick eventually float away – that’s how you know it’s almost completely melted.

Lay down the shells on a flat surface and place the wick inside. Clip the wick in place with a clothespin, allowing it to sit on top of the shell. From here, you can trim the wick if you want, or you can wait until the candle is fully hardened in its new container.

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With a potholder of some kind, remove the now melted candle from the stove top and very carefully pour the wax into your seashells. You will probably spill a little bit because it’s such a narrow area, so make sure you’re doing this on a surface that can be easily cleaned. If your wax splashes the sides of the shell, you can use a paper towel to clean it up before it dries. If you’re using a larger, more wobbly candle, don’t fill it too full – this will prevent a burning candle from spilling if moved. Allow the candles to sit undisturbed for a few minutes before removing the clothespin, trimming the wick and burning them or gifting them.

Seashell candles make sweet gifts for beach lovers, and they’re cute to have on display in your home. You can make them in any scent/color and in a variety of sizes, but the larger ones work best. Just remember to burn these in a safe place because they do have a rounded bottom and can wobble a little. Happy crafting!

DIY Dip Dyed Candleholders

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As part two of my weeklong DIY Superstar feature on Cut Out & Keep, I shared these DIY dip dyed candleholders. These glass candleholders were a lot of work, but I was so happy with the outcome. They’re a beautiful blue color and because I used glass paint, the color is still pretty clear, making it look more like something you might by in a store. To make the color brighter, I dipped them several times and let them dry, which was pretty time consuming, but the actual steps of the project are pretty easy. Pop a candle inside and let them glow!

Hint, hint: you can also try making them into your own candles using my really easy tutorial for making candles with wax melts.

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Check out how to make them over on Cut Out & Keep today!

DIY Easy Wax Melts Candles

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I’m not usually one for candles, but I thought of this idea for making the easiest candles ever, and I just had to see if it really worked. Well, guess what? It worked! I made these cute little votive candles with wax melts. Easiest homemade candles ever.

These DIY wax melts candles are the perfect homemade gift, especially for Mother’s Day! Moms love candles, right? Plus, these are easy enough to make that they are a good last minute gift. All you need is one quick trip to the craft store and that’s it.

I was really excited to see these work out so well, and you can make several of these candles in no time. I found these glass votives and pre-made wax melts (lemon meringue) at Michaels for next to nothing, so it’s also a pretty inexpensive gift.

Note, one small package of wax melts (6 squares) makes one candle of this size. The wicks I used were also made for this votive size. If you have extra wick, you can easily cut it down to fit your candle holder. If you’re using a large size or making more than one, just make sure to buy enough wax melts. Mine were on sale. Score! Michaels had every scent you can imagine, so I’m excited to make a million more wax melts candles after this little experiment.

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Time: 25 minutes

Supplies (makes one wax melts candle):

First, clean the small votives and dry them. Then begin to melt the wax melts in a saucepan on the lowest heat setting. Wax melts very easily, so leaving it on low heat will still get the job done quickly. If you want to make multiple candles, you can melt more wax together. As it’s melting, stick the very bottom of the wick into the melted wax and then to the bottom of the votive. The small amount of wax will dry quickly. Use a clothespin to hold the wick in place, letting it rest on the top of the votive.

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Once it’s completely melted, carefully begin pouring the wax into the votive. The heat will probably case the wick to drift, so the clothespin is important for holding it in the middle of the candle. Pour the melted wax into the candle holder until it has about 1/2 inch space at the top and let it harden completely. This will take between 10-20 minutes. Trim the wick to the size you want.

After the wax has hardened completely, you’re ready to gift them, burn them or display them! Have fun with them – dress up the candle holders if you want. I know I’ve got some plans for mine! Happy crafting!

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