Halloween Candle Centerpiece

Putting together large Halloween centerpieces can get expensive. Especially if you want to go the spooky candle route. I wanted to make two large pieces for side tables that I have next to a bookcase in my dining room, but I would have had to spend over $65 on candles! I wanted them to be completely Halloween, so I wouldn’t have been able to use them for the rest of the year. Therefore the investment wouldn’t have been worth it. I wracked my brain, and came up with this $2.50 Halloween candle centerpiece. Instead of spending $75 (at least) I made two centerpieces for $5! If you’re looking for a small centerpiece, check out this small cauldron flower arrangement.

My two Halloween candle centerpieces are on the two side tables next to the white bookshelf.

To make a Halloween candle centerpiece you need:

  • 1 regular size pool noodle
  • 1/2 of a thick pool noodle
  • 2 chargers
  • flat black spray paint
  • 7 tealight candles (real or batter powered)
  • hot glue gun & glue
  • long knife
  • craft knife

I used two regular size noodles and a thick one to make two centerpieces.

Supplies needed for a Halloween candle centerpiece: pool noodle, knife, hot glue gun, black spray paint, and a large charger plate.

Cut the “Candles”

Use a large knife to cut each “candle.” An Exacto knife will work, it’s just easier to use a long knife that will go all the way through in one cut. Decide how long you want each candle. I made mine all different heights, the tallest is 13″ and they range down to 5.” Slice the pool noodle at an angle, in about a half “V,” but not quite as severe an angle.

Cutting a pool noodle at an angle to create a faux candle for the Halloween candle centerpiece.

When you cut the next “candle” you will cut it straight through, not at an angle. The end that you already cut will be the angled top and this cut will be the flat bottom of the candle.

Cutting straight through the pool noodle to create the bottom of a faux candle for the Halloween candle centerpiece.

Continue to cut the noodles, alternating cutting at an angle then straight, until you have 7 total faux candles, 14 if you’re making two like I did. Cut the regular noodle and half of the the thicker one. You will have five made with the thin noodle and 2 with the larger one. Having different size “candles” looks best in the arrangement. You can cut two the same size for each charger, or you can make them all different lengths. I just eyed my candles, making each centerpiece a bit different.

All of the faux candles cut from the blue pool noodle. In this picture you can see 6 of the faux candles that will go on the Halloween candle centerpiece.

Add Wax Drippings

When all of your candles are cut, it’s time to add the wax drippings to them. Start at the front, the lowest part of the cut, and draw a line of hot glue straight down about 4″ or so. You don’t have to be precise. This is meant to look like the random melting of wax as a candle burns.

Using the hot glue gun to squeeze a line of glue down the front of the cut pool noodle. This will look like wax running down in the Halloween candle centerpiece.

Continue adding lines of glue around the candle. Make them different lengths just like a real candle would melt. You don’t have to space them evenly either. When I had “wax” around the sides, I added a thin line around the rim. That is optional.

Paint the Parts for the Halloween Candle Centerpiece

I used a matte black spray paint for my centerpiece. You can use a gloss if you’d prefer, and if you don’t have spray paint available you can use acrylic for all of it. Lay out your pieces and spray paint every candle and the chargers if they aren’t already black.

Faux candles and a charger laid on paper being spray painted in matte black.

Cut Holes for the Tealights

Place a tealight on top of the noodle, in the middle. Carefully slice around it with an Exacto knife. I found that if you move the knife up and down, as you slowly go around the tealight, the foam cuts best.

Cutting around a tealight candle on top of the pool noodle with an Exacto knife.

When you’ve gone fully around the tealight, remove it so that you can go around the cut again, making it deeper. Tilt the knife a little so you can cut underneath as well.

Cutting a hole for a tealight candle in the top of the faux candle. This will form a pocket to make it a true candle for the Halloween candle centerpiece.

When you have cut under the surface, you should be able to pull the foam plug that you’ve cut out.

A hole cut for a tealight candle in the top of the faux candle pool noodle.

Sit the tealight in the space that you’ve cut for it. If it isn’t deep enough, take it out and trim a bit deeper.

Placing the tealight candle in the pocket cut for it in the faux candle pool noodle.
You can see that your hands will get all black while you’re cutting the foam!

Continue cutting a hole for a tealight in all of the faux candles.

Glue the “Candles” to the Charger

Place the cut candles on the chargers to see how you want them. When you have a pattern you like, lift a candle, place hot glue on the bottom, and press them back on to the charger. Hold it down for a moment while the glue hardens.

Paint the Tealights

Use black acrylic paint to paint the tealights. Be careful with this, especially if you plan to light them and walk away. I’ve lit mine with no problems, but you can never be too careful. If you plan to just leave them, consider not painting them. Either way, watch anything you light at all times.

Painting black acrylic pant on the tealights in the Halloween candle centerpiece.

Touch up any areas where the spray paint has worn off and the silver part of the tealights. I gave mine two coats.

Painting the tealights in the Halloween candle centerpiece with black acrylic paint.

You will end up with this.

Halloween candle centerpiece completed and put together.

The Halloween candle centerpiece is complete!

You’re now finished with your centerpiece. I really like the way mine turned out. Each one is a little bit different. I placed them on two side tables in my dining room next to a bookshelf. This is what they look like unlit.

My dining room decorated for Halloween with one Halloween candle centerpiece on each of the two side tables next to the white bookcase.

And here are a few shots of the way they look lit.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and you use it to save yourself a ton of money! If you have money saving, Halloween loving friends and family, use the buttons at the bottom of the post to share this with them on social media. Make sure you pin this tutorial to use when you’re ready to make your Halloween candle centerpiece!

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More Halloween Decor

I made this really cute free printable that you can use to dress up your coffee bar (or just place in your kitchen) that you can print in two different sizes or download as a free SVG file to cut with your Cricut. The sign says, “Hocus Pocus I need coffee to focus,” and you can take a look at this post where I show you how to cut a stencil and paint it on canvas without the paint bleeding. Did you know that you can turn those plain old canvases into beautiful home decor pieces without spending any extra money? Under those canvases are beautiful wood frames, and I show you how to reverse those canvases and reveal it!

Here are a few more Halloween and fall pieces that you might like: this fall orange buffalo check pumpkin wreath, this elegant Halloween hoop wreath, this Halloween scarf pumpkin wreath, this witch hat burlap wreath, this fall farmhouse style burlap wreath, and this fall home 2′ sign.

There are plenty more seasonal DIYs and free printables here on Life as a LEO Wife, so I’d love for you to stick around and find items to help you to “DIY a life you love!”