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09 September, 2012

Easy Vintage Halloween Candles

Here’s a Halloween craft that is fun, easy and practically free…and I bet you already have on hand just about everything you need! All it takes is cylindrical candle holders from Dollar Tree, pillar candles, twine, construction paper and access to a printer! That’s it!

Holiday Candle Sleeves And if you are thinking it looks familiar…it does! I used the same method to make candle covers for Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Saint Patrick's Day and now Halloween! I just used the same cylinders and changed the sleeve. How easy is that?

Witchy Cat CandleAren’t they fun? I usually don’t do a lot of over-the-top Halloween, but I loved the vintage images that I found at Vintage Halloween eCard. There are oodles of choices and…best of all…they are arranged by horizontal and vertical cards…someone who thinks like me! lol Just click to enlarge the horizontal cards that you choose and print at 8 x 10 size! (I use Photoscape, a free photo-editing program, to download and print my pictures so that I can control the size.)

Easy Halloween CandlesMine, of course, all have cats on them! The postcards didn’t print quite up to the edges of the paper for me, so I just trimmed them and added some orange ribbon at the top and the bottom of the cylinder before I applied the Halloween graphics. Mine are simply taped at the back.

BKNext, I added another strip of ribbon along the seam to hide the tape and applied it with rubber cement. You could, however, first cover the entire cylinder with orange construction paper and go from there. One last step..add the tags! Baby Kitty is already on this part of the job…literally! lol
Halloween Candle TextI just printed the graphics above, cut them into strips and used rubber cement to attach them to black tag shapes that I cut from construction paper.

Witchy Cat Candle Finally, I punched holes in the tags and tied them to the candles with jute twine! Easy peasy!

Easy Halloween CandlesAnd there you have them! Honestly, I do my Halloween decorating for my grandsons and I think the little guys are just old enough to notice this year. Or at least to see the kitties and say meow! lol What about you? Are you starting to think about Halloween yet?

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my project! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party
Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday (first Monday of the month)
Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday

The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday
Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

A Stroll thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Cedar Hill Ranch for Cowgirl Up! on Tuesdays

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
DIY by Design for Fall into Fall

Thrifty Decor Chick for the Easy Fall Decor Party 
Sand and Sisal for the Countdown to Fall Party
The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays

My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday

2805 for Potpourri Friday  
At the Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday

Craftberry Bush for Happy Hour
Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special
See you next time! A la prochaine!


  1. Simpatiche e divertenti queste candele...buona idea!!!
    kiss Lieta

  2. These are just fantastic! I need to get busy and make these for my teacher friends. They would appreciate these more than candy that none of us need! Thanks so much!

  3. Very cute, Debbie! I love the graphics. I did think about Halloween yesterday when I was in the attic getting my Fall stuff down. It was along the lines of "should I bring the Halloween stuff down, too?". I decided to wait.

  4. Very cute, they turned out great! Your helper game me a chuckle:@)

  5. Debbie these are so cute and of course I love the cat images!! My Grand would say meow also!! hugs, Linda

  6. LOVE those vintage images, really cute, Debbie!!

  7. Hi darling, love this idea. The vintage images are just too cute for words... love your assistant.
    hugs ~lynne~

  8. How fun is this. Love the pictures you printed. Cute, cute, cute. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  9. Debbie, These are so cute. I love the vintage images.
    Thanks for sharing this Halloween tutorial.


  10. Deb, just the perfect touch for Halloween for your lovely home. You always come up with the simplest, fun, doable ideas. You are a very clever lady!! Love you,

  11. Those are really, really, really cute! Love them and you are right- they are pretty easy- xo Diana

  12. You are such a busy bee! I always smile when I see your latest creative project. I admire your energy. ;-)
    One would have to have lots of energy to keep up with those little guys in your life.
    Have a great week.........Sarah

  13. These are darling and would make wonderful gifts, too! Looks like Baby Kitty likes them, too!


  14. I love this idea, thanks so much for sharing!


  15. Hello,
    Oh these candles are a delight. Your assistant is so cute too. I'm thinking about Halloween and looking forward to seeing what other cute stuff you have up your french sleeve...

  16. Just love this idea! Debbie, what a great way to add Halloween without the huge expence.....thank you for the idea. hugs Lee-Ann

  17. I LOVE the prints you chose with the cats (and your cat, too!). I went right over the resource you provided and will be making some of these for my home! Thank you.

    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original linky party is open.

  18. Oh, those are so cute! Love vintage Halloween things, and so easy to make. We almost never have any Trick or Treaters, but these would be fun to light while I'm eating all the Halloween candy.

  19. Darling idea, and I just happen to have some of those candles and some fav vintage Halloween images. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Hi Debbie,

    Adorable idea! Your Halloween candles are so cute.


  21. These are so cute, pure vintage goodness! Thanks for sharing.

  22. Debbie,
    Too cute!!! I adore your "Cat" theme!!! Baby Kitty is such a handsome fellow! Be sure to "Treat" him for all his efforts!!!

  23. These really are the cutest ever! I made some for Christmas...but now I need some more! Thanks for the link for the graphics, too! Hugs!

  24. Great idea Debbie! You are the most creative gal and these are so cute!
    I think Addison would love seeing some of these.
    Hugs friend,

  25. Very creative and so darn cute. Love your visions. Stop by sometimes.

  26. Love this! Already printed out some pictures and am off to go find some cylinders!

  27. The candles are a great project, and gorgeous! You always have the best tutorials and projects Debbie. Great fall post……..

    The French Hutch

  28. These are great Halloween images. Thanks for sharing your source. Love your candles.

  29. That's VERY cute! I love black cats, so I have to make this candles! Thanks for sharing! Liz

  30. These candles are adorable! They'd make a wonderful Halloween hostess gift or favor. I love the vintage twist. I wanted to invite you to share them on my blog's link party this week. We'd love to have you!

  31. Adorable candles, Debbie! Thank you for sharing your creative project at Potpourri Friday!

  32. Great idea! I love that you change them for different seasons!

  33. Debbie,you always know how to inspire. Everything you do is always so pretty and coming here...thank you so much for linking up to our first HAPPY HOUR FRIDAY means so much to us...xo

  34. What a really great idea, super fun project. Thank you so much for sharing this at Happy Hour this week! So great to have you there!

  35. I love fun and easy DIY and this is just so cute! A great gift idea too. :) Thanks so much for sharing (including a link back in this week's 5 minute fall craft round up).

  36. Very cute!! Love the vintage graphics! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

  37. What a fun idea for each holiday! So many creative ways to design a dollar store candle.
    Thanks for inspiring me!

  38. Debbie these are wonderful and I would love if you would share at the Hauntingly Beautiful Decor Halloween link party. I can't wait to make these!


Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie