These floating candles are one of the most impressive DIYs I've done to date. Why? There's almost no effort to creating the illusion and it looks magnificent. More importantly, my favourite photo of Philip EVER is at the end of the post.
Told ya. Every once in a while I do a DIY that I know is a keeper. This is a keeper. For instance, my bone crown? It's not a keeper. It's cool and worked great, but I don't pull the bone crown out every year.
I know without a doubt in my overpacked and under-utilized brain that I'll be doing this every Halloween until the day I die at which point I'll be requesting these candelabras and floating candles be set on my coffin.
The one other TRUE Halloween keeper I have is my pumpkin Die-O-Rama which I describe as loving with all of my heart and the first knuckle of my baby toe. I hate my feet so you know if I even mention my feet that I'm serious.
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Haunted Floating Candles
The most difficult part of this DIY is nothing. If you can tie a knot and don't live in a cathedral with 30' ceilings you can do this.
- battery operated taper candles
- fishing line
- Command strips or other strong adhesive squares
- a step stool or ladder
- candle holders
- Gather up your supplies.
2. Tie fishing line around the top ⅓rd of the candle. The higher you tie the line, the straighter the candle will hang.
3. Using Command strips or other wall tape, stick the fishing line to the ceiling. You can do what I've done here and hang them over a candelabra, or you can just have them floating with nothing under them.
You can see the fishing line in certain light at certain angles but 99% of the time you look at them you won't see the line. The candles genuinely look like they're floating over the candlesticks.
The first time I hung the candles I had them all at the same distance from the candelabra but they actually look better if the heights are all a bit different.
Possibly the best thing about these is that when you walk past them or there's a bit of a breeze from somewhere the candles sway and spin. You know. The way actual haunted candles do.
The candles I'm using come with short black candlesticks so if you don't own any candlesticks if you buy the set I used they are included. Of course they aren't large and gold and Trumpian, but they'll still look great.
I bought these candles years ago to put in my windows at Christmas. That is the ONLY time I use them so I'm glad I've found another way to justify the 7 inches of cupboard space they take up.
NOW: The photo of Philip.
It isn't in sharp focus, isn't technically correct and isn't white balanced properly.
But it is still pretty magnificent.
Raise your hand if you think I should do a Pin Up calendar of Philip. 🙋♀️
- Where you tie the fishing line will dictate how the candles hang.
- For straight upright candles, tie the fishing line closer to the top of the candle.
- For tilted candles, tie the line lower.
- Use strong Command strips or tape. Because these things are hanging straight down from the ceiling it puts a lot more pressure on the tape that it would if they were hanging off of a wall. So make sure it's STUCK.
- Splurge for the candles with a timer and remote. They'll come on at any time you want at night then turn off automatically 4 or 6 hours later.
- Don't let other things compete with the star of the show, your haunted candles. So keep everything around them fairly simple so they really stand out. And if (unlike me) you have something other than white walls they'll stand out even more.
I KNOW the dirty secret of DIY blogs is that - nobody does the DIYS. You make a mental note to do them - but don't. If you like Halloween and appreciate some creep you have to try this.
And then you have to send me photos. If you like the candles, but aren't into creep then you can look ahead to Christmas and get going on these Christmas tree candles.
They're far less creepy and way more cozy - they'd never make it onto anyone's casket.
Quite clever and a simple DIY. As a former Funeral Director I can assure you that candles are not the oddest thing to find its way onto or into a casket. Imagine me wringing my hands and going "Mwah-Hah-Hah!" Cuz that's what I'm doing right now.
I neary forgot to admit that's a pretty great pic of your dog. Sure, why not a calendar. I'd buy one.
Floating candles above/ around the Christmas tree?!
That would be AWESOME!!! ;D
Ps. Almost beat randy for first post but went to read a couple others before commenting. ;)
Never mind those floating candles.....that little girl in the painting is freaking spooky!
Just something about it....
Like she's looking into your soul.
Cue the willies!!
As for Lip, that's a "don't hate me because I'm beautiful!" Pose for sure. Calender material😊
Candles are crazy fun, girl in painting eye catching every time I look I first see her.
Yes to Philip, always. He looks like the goodest boy and great photography model. I’d attach a pic of beautiful Louis (I’m sure they’d have been friends) but not sure how to do. Another tutorial! Love he candles, elegant yet spooky.
Great pic of Lip! 🙋♀️
Floating candles, so Halloween! 🎃
I just love it all Karen! I agree with Carrie Anne, that painting is creepy! You are always off the chain and one of the few blogs I read. Phillip looks awesome there. Love that you found a good boy.
Philip definitely is rockin the”how you doin” vibe. Love this diy but my grandchildren would make short work of it. :/
That's a DIY even I would do for Halloween. Not this year, but maybe next. It's great.
That is the best picture of Phillip you've shown us. Because it looks likeit he decided on it instead of you telling him to stand there and look that way and all that. Those pictures. you do are great, but this just looks like he's a cool dude. Yes, make a calendar. You've already got October's picture.
Long Live King Phillip! Master of all he surveys!
Yes Make a calendar for us to enjoy with you.
The candles are great. I love them. I will be making them for my Christmas theme only straight hanging. I think they will be great and won't have to come off the table for dinner. I will send you a picture.
Cool candles. Would be really creepy with the lights down low. And yes, best picture of Philip to date. Well done!
Lip calendar would be cool but not as cool as a Lip and Betty calendar!
I did this year's ago for a Harry Potter party, except I threaded my fish line through a needle & actually pierced the tip of the flame. So my candles hung straight up & down. But for Halloween, I like your cock-eyed way better!
Nice! Like the Philip photo too.
That is a great photo of Lip!!! Sometimes my favorite photos aren't quite sharp focus or perfect, but the moment they capture is the important part. Great lighting on him, and I think I'm seeing a bit of his personality, which is so fun. He is a really sharp looking dog.
Also I love those candles !!
The candles are fun. But LIP! He's a looker!
Raising my hand.
How is your mom?
Keep up the (always) good work :)
She's getting better! She's still very tired, but O.K. otherwise. Thanks for asking. ~ karen!
Love this! And yes Phillip is calendar worthy : )
I think so. ;) ~ karen!