This Hocus Pocus DIY black flame candle craft was inspired by the first movie. If you’ve never seen it, you should – it’s a fun little story that has a huge pop culture following.
If you are planning a get-together for Halloween or are wanting to decorate to the max, this craft is perfect for you. It is super simple, inexpensive, and takes just a few supplies from the dollar store. Everyone will be in awe when they see this realistic copy of the candle from the Hocus Pocus movie.
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Black Flame Candle Craft
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we just love Halloween! It is one of our favorite holidays of the year and we try to go all out with our decorating. The little one and I recently watched the original Hocus Pocus and thought we could recreate the Black Flame Candle from the movie.
If you’re unfamiliar with the story, the candle is supposedly made from the fat of a hanged man. If it is lit by a virgin on Halloween night, it will bring dead spirits back to life. Spirits like the three Sanderson Sisters, Winifred, Mary, and Sarah, who are the witches in the movie, will rise (and spoiler alert: the candle is lit and they come back).
One of the perks of this particular craft is that the completed product is safe for anyone to use. We use a battery-operated candle, so there is no worry about accidentally setting anything on fire. You can safely display it inside or outside your home.
If you need time to gather your supplies, bookmark this page to make it easy when you are ready to create your Hocus Pocus-themed Black Flame Candle.
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Why This Black Candle Flame Craft Is the Perfect Craft
It has the perfect balance of spookiness and fun. The candle has original graphics that are great for Halloween or your goth-styled decor without being frightening to the younger kiddos.
It is quick and easy to make and it is safe enough for all ages to either help make or make on their own. The only part the adult in the group may need to do for the younger kiddos is when you melt the wax on the outside of the candle. We don’t even use a hot glue gun in this craft!
It is very affordable. The main components of this craft are a flameless candle and a piece of vellum paper. You can get both from the Dollar Store or on Amazon for under $15. And what’s great is the candle will last for years so you can use it repeatedly.
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Tips for Making a Black Flame Candle
- If you don’t have vellum paper, you can also use tracing paper or tissue paper cut to size and taped to a piece of plain printer paper.
- The pattern for this Halloween season craft is 6.5” tall by 9.5” wide and is intended for a 3” by 8” pillar candle.
- We suggest you protect your work surface with a piece of scrap paper or a newspaper for the melting wax.
- As we have not tested what the results would be, we do not recommend using a regular pillar candle instead of a flameless candle.
Supplies for the Hocus Pocus Black Flame Candle
Below are the supplies I used to create this craft. Before heading to the craft store, check your craft bin and utility closet. For information on alternative printing options to vellum paper, read the tips section above.
- White Flameless Pillar Candle
- Vellum Paper
- Black Acrylic Craft Paint
- White Wax Candle
- Stick Lighter
- Scissors or Paper Trimmer
- Adhesive Tape Runner
- Scrap Paper
- Black Flame Candle Pattern
How to Make A Black Flameless Candle for Halloween
Each step for this Hocus Pocus craft idea is detailed below to make it easier. Keep this page open while creating your Black Flame Candle craft. If you would rather have a printable how-to, scroll down and select the print button.
Download and print the free printable Black Flame Candle pattern onto vellum paper.
Insert the batteries into the pillar candle. Turn the candle on and using a dry paintbrush, carefully paint the plastic candle flame with black acrylic craft paint.
Trim the black flame candle pattern using a paper trimmer or scissors, along the guidelines.
Apply adhesive from a tape runner or scotch tape along both 6.5” ends of the pattern.
Center the pattern at the front of the candle and carefully wrap around both sides, shifting slightly until they match at the back of the candle. To get a good bond, press the adhesive down with your finger.
Light a white real wax candle and let it burn for a few minutes to melt the wax.
Carefully tip the wax candle over and randomly pour the melted wax along the edge of the flameless candle.
Add as much wax and as many drips as you like to have it look like the candle from the movie.
Notes for Making a Black Flame Candle from Hocus Pocus
- If you don’t have a battery-operated candle the size we used, you can measure yours and scale the printing down to fit or cut your printed paper down to size.
- Vellum paper is a translucent paper used for many purposes. It will give you an opaque appearance to your candle. If need be, you can also use regular printer paper and achieve a fun look for your candle.
- We suggest you do not paint the entire electric flame black. This will ensure the light is visible through the black paint.
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