How to Make Spooky DIY Halloween Candles From Pool Noodles

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Making Halloween candles from pool noodles is easy and fun. Use these DIY Halloween candles in your display to add a touch of spooky, a touch of Harry Potter feel, or just to spice up your Halloween decorations!

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Making DIY Halloween Candles from Pool Noodles

These spooky DIY pool noodle candles are perfect for Halloween.

Decorating your home just became a little more fun, a little spookier and a little bit more like Harry Potter and the floating candles.

(You could probably make these float, too, by adding some fishing line)

Add a pool noodle wreath, some spiders, Frankenstein or a mummy to your candle decorations to create a super spooky (not really), fun Halloween atmosphere.

Our Halloween decorations post can help you with other pool noodle crafts for Halloween.

Why Use a Pool Noodle?

Decorate with pool noodles!

They’re light, so they’re easy to move and hang.

Pool Noodles are not easily recyclable so this is a way to reuse them and help the environment.

Making decorations using pool noodles is easy and fun, so the real question is “why NOT use pool noodles?”.

Making DIY Halloween Candles

There are only a few things you need to make this cute Halloween candle display using pool noodles.

You’ll need black pool noodles, a hot glue gun, glue, battery operated tea light candles, a knife, black spray paint.

Begin by cutting the noodles into different sizes.

Cut one end of each noodle piece flat and the other end angled a bit.

It seems to make a good grouping if you use an odd number of pieces.

I used 9 candle pieces to make my Halloween candle display.

You’ll use the hot glue gun to make the drips down the sides. This will make it look like melted wax, giving it a more realistic, burning candle appearance.

You can leave the “wax” white and use white tea light candles or paint them black like I did and use black tea light candles.

The black tea light candles I used were from Walmart. They were in the Halloween section and may not be available all year long.

Then use your black spray paint to paint the noodles.

If you use black pool noodles to start with, it won’t take much to paint your noodles.

And yes, you can spray paint noodles. Just do it a little at a time, don’t rush, use light, even squirts of paint and allow it to dry a little in between coats.

See our FAQ section for more information about pool noodles.

SAFETY CHECK: Please use battery operated tea light candles and NOT real, burning candles for this project. You’ll melt the pool noodles and create a real mess. You may even catch your house on fire which may not be a good thing at all!

So, here are the instructions in a concise format, just for you.

How to Make DIY Halloween Candles Tutorial


Halloween Candle supplies

3-4 Black pool noodles – the more noodles you have, the larger your display.

Black spray paint

Black battery-powered plastic tea lights

Hot glue gun and glue sticks



Use your knife to cut the pool noodles at an angle in various heights.

If you haven’t read our tutorial about cutting pool noodles for crafting, you might want to read it first.

Make an uneven amount – 9, 13, or 17. Design rules say this is pleasing to the eye.

cut pool noodles

Drizzle hot glue around the edges of each piece, allowing it to trickle down the sides like wax.

Gluing Halloween candles

If you used black pool noodles, spray paint the pieces lightly, being sure to cover the glue.

If you used colored pool noodles, spray paint them lightly several times to make them black, being sure to cover them completely.

Arrange pieces into the formation you desire and use some hot glue to attach the pieces to each other. This makes it easier to move them around and keeps your design in place.

Set the tea lights onto the candles. If you want to, you can put a pin into the noodle and use it to hold the lights in place. Or you can carve a larger hole into the noodle to set the lights.

Either way, you want to be able to get to the bottom of the lights to turn them on and off.

I just set them on the top of the candles.

And that’s it! How cute are these Halloween Pool Noodle Candles?

Halloween pool noodle candles

Are you ready?

So, what are you thinking? Are you going to use this pool noodle idea?

Making Halloween candles from a pool noodle is really easy and can make decorating your house fun!

If you find a way to recycle or re-purpose your pool noodles, show us a photo on Instagram with #diynoodles or share your photo on our Facebook page

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