How to make DIY floating candles

Floating candles make wonderful decorations and look amazing all year, but they are especially charming during holidays like Halloween. We are not talking about delicate tealights floating in water. As seen in Harry Potter and other magical movies, these are seemingly magical candles suspended in thin atmosphere.

These otherworldly decorations are possible to create without having to be a wizard or witch. These decorations can be made easily with just a few basic supplies. This is a great DIY project for beginners. Even kids can join in the fun with adult supervision. Safety reasons require that you use flameless candles. We used tea lights but you can choose any flameless form or shape that suits your style. You can make as many floating candles as you like. as you wish.


You will need a sharp needle at some points and a hot glue gun elsewhere. Only adults should perform these steps.

What you’ll need

Equipment / Tools

  • Paint brush
  • Hot glue gun
  • Thumbtack or needle
  • 10
    Command hooks or thumbtacks


  • 10
    Empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls
  • Acrylic craft paint in white
  • White craft paper
  • Fishing wire
  • 10
    Small battery-powered tea lights


Hot Glue Drips

Turn on your hot glue gun, and let it warm up for a while. You’ll use it to make “drips” of candle wax, so you need the glue to be hot and melty. Be quick but careful.

After your glue gun has warmed, glue quickly around the top edge of each roll of toilet paper or paper towel. Use a lot of glue to create waxy drips around each roll’s rim.

Let the hot glue dry completely before you move on to the next step. This should take no less than 15 minutes.

Every roll of paper should be painted white

Dip your paintbrush into acrylic craft paint, and coat your paper towel rolls or toilet paper with it. This will make them look like traditional candles. You can apply multiple coats depending on the thickness of your paint. Allow each coat to dry completely before applying another.

After you have finished painting, allow the paint to dry completely before moving on with the next step. This can take anywhere between 15 minutes and two hours. Follow the instructions on your paint bottle to get the best results.

Glue paper to the bottom of each roll

Hot glue your craft paper to each roll of paper towel rolls or painted toilet paper. After the glue has dried, cut off any extra paper. This will give your candles a more natural look.

String fishing line through

To allow DIY candles to hang from your ceiling, poke a needle or thumbtack into the top of each roll of paperboard toilet paper/paper towel paper. You should poke a hole in every quadrant of your roll. This will give you four holes in total. These holes should be a good inch or so below your rolls’ top edge.

This is a quick and easy way to do it. Thread your fishing wire through one end, then the other. Then, cut the string and tie the ends together. Next, repeat the above steps. The crossed fishing line allows you to hang the candle and also provides support for the faux tealight you’ll be inserting next.

You can adjust the length of each string to suit your needs, depending on how high or low they are to be hung.

Install battery-powered tea lights

Place one battery-powered tealight into each roll of toilet paper or paper towel roll. Make sure it is on top of the fishing line that crosses over the area where you have applied wax-like hot glue. Turn on the faux flames.

Hang Candles

Now it’s time for you to hang your DIY floating candles. Hang them from the ceiling using a thumbtack, or command hook. For a more cozy atmosphere, group them together. These are great for displaying above a dinner table so that all your guests can admire them.


You can also use this hanging technique to hang other paper crafts such as stars, signs or, if you want to go for a Harry Potter theme with winged keys, winged keys. Simply cut out wings from paper and glue them to your old keys or make your own keys using paper.

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