Turn a dollar store candle into a spooky statement piece with some help from glow-in-the-dark paint! These glowing ghost candles are so easy to make you’ll find yourself surrounded by sweet ghouls in no time!
There isn’t much to these candles in terms of supplies or skills, making them perfect for a group craft time with the whole family. Or something for a 30-something woman living her best Halloween life to do while watching Hocus Pocus for the 46th time this year.
Ghost Candle Supplies
Technically you can turn any jar candle into a spooky glowing ghost but for this project, I hit up the Dollar Tree and bought the tall white prayer candles. They’re only a dollar making this a great project on a budget!
As cute as they are I do recommend that you don’t light them. They have a terrible chemical smell when lit.
You’ll also need glow-in-the-dark paint. I’ve done a lot of failed experiments over the years with glowing paint and I can say the best I’ve found is the Tulip Dimensional Fabric Paint in the squeezy bottles.
It comes in several colors but for this project I went with Natural, it’s an off-white color during the day and glows a bright greenish-white. You can find it with the t-shirts and tie-dye supplies at Michael’s and Joann’s.
The secret to getting the most from the glow-in-the-dark paint is that it has to be pretty thick. The thicker the paint, the brighter the glow!
The final two supplies are black craft paint and a brush. I used the same bottle of acrylic craft paint that’s been kicking around my craft room for the last 8+ years.
If your candle has a date stamped on it in black ink all you need to remove it is nail polish remover. If you’re having a hard time removing the label you can give it a quick squirt of WD40 and the sticker will slide right off!
- White Prayer Candle
- Tulip Glow in the Dark Fabric Paint
- Black Craft Paint
- Paint Brush
- Use the glow in the dark fabric paint to draw a ghost face on the candle, make sure the paint is thick!
- Allow it to dry with the candle flat for 4 hours
- When the paint in completely dry go over the face with the black craft paint, leaving a narrow border of the glowing paint showing, about 1/8 of an inch
- Let the black paint dry and if necessary add a bit more glow-in-the-dark paint around the eyes and mouth
WD40 works really well to remove the stickers
Nail polish remover will remove the black date stamped on the candle
Do not light them, they smell terrible
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