Tortured Candles

The kids and I love to decorate the house for Halloween; we can’t start soon enough. I remember one year, we were so excited to get the ball rolling, we made a scarecrow and put paper ghosts in the windows the day after Labor Day!

Today I have a fun and quick Halloween project for you that you can do with the kids in less than five minutes. These tortured candles are made from inexpensive white pillar candles from IKEA, black carpet tacks and dripped red wax…

You can make these tortured candles in less than 5 minutes and the kids can help.

These macabre candles will definitely add a gruesome feel to your Halloween table.

For this project I used #10 black carpet tacks – available at home improvement stores in the same aisle you would find nails and screws.

Stick tacks about half way into your candle.

Light a red candle and let the wax well around the wick.

Drip red wax onto the sides of the white pillar.

If you're going to a Halloween party this year, you could make these as a hostess gift. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

If you like this project, you might also like to try my “Bloody Good Candles” too.



  1. Steff  October 6, 2012

    NAILS!!! Why didn’t I think of this?
    I knew the red wax trick, but nails? Dang, I musta been snoozing!
    They look amazeballs- I have the same wee spiders in my stash, ready to roll!