Making Floating Candles from Harry Potter

Sunday, 6 August 2017

You may have seen my previous post about Mikey's Harry Potter birthday party, where I made a lot of his decorations. I've been asked quite a few times about how I made the floating candles, so here is a tutorial!

Making Floating Candles from Harry Potter

You will need:

some A4 card
glue gun
electric tea light
tape measure
nylon wire

To begin with, cut the A4 piece of card into two, as you can fit two candles per piece of card. Then measure around the tea light with a tape measure.

Then, adding a little extra for the tea light to fit comfortably in the finished candle, mark out the measurement onto a piece of card. I scribbled on the excess so I knew where to glue.

Glue in the shaded area and then cover the join with glue, to make it look like melted wax.

Choose an end for the tea light to sit in and continue to glue around the card to complete the look of melted wax.

When the glue is dry, (which only takes a couple of minutes or so) measure the height of the tea light and mark it on the candle. Mark it on opposite sides of the candle and pierce the holes with a pin.

Thread the two holes with nylon wire. Pull it tight, as the tea light will sit upon the wire. Glue over the holes to keep the wire in place.

Then, all that is left to do is to switch on and place the tea light inside the candle. The candles are very lightweight, so should be safe to hang up pretty much anywhere!

Happy making :)

One Messy Mama


  1. Possibly one of the coolest things ever!! I might make some just because I love them - is that sad or cool, can't quite work it out! Haha x

    1. I would say very cool! haha! :) xx

  2. That is soo cool! Well done. I must remember this for the next b/day. #globablogging

  3. I was such a huge Harry potter fan growing up, i love this idea #globalblogging

  4. Loving this! Can I have them on my birthday?! xx

  5. I keep seeing these fab ideas for Harry Potter and my girls just could care less about him. Damn kids.

    Thanks for linking up to #globalblogging

  6. These are brilliant! Will definitely have to do this for Halloween this year! - Tasha

  7. This is such a clever idea! I'd love to use it outdoors! Thanks for sharing !! #globalblogging

  8. This looks like a great creation for all none muggles. #MakeItLinky

  9. What a clever idea! I love the idea of a Harry Potter themed party, these are ideal with Halloween coming up too. Caroline #makeitmonthly

  10. This is such an amazing idea! Perfect DIY decorations for a Harry Potter themed party, or Halloween! #MakeItLinky