Halloween Candle Holder Craft

Updated on March 2, 2020
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Loraine enjoys making crafts and sharing the projects she’s developed. Her crafts include pictured, step-by-step tutorials and templates.

Halloween Craft Using a Hard Cover Book

Imagine this: It was a dark and stormy night . . . That sounds like the opening of a Halloween book. I love to read, but I have to admit that there aren't many books that I care to read over and over. So, when I made this Halloween book decoration, I didn't feel bad about using an old book.

In this article, I'm going to tell you how to make an easy Halloween decoration using an old hardcover book. This is a very easy craft, one that you can make in a couple of hours. But you do have to let the paint or glue dry, which takes time. I'm including pictures of steps that I think you might like a visual of. Some of the steps are so easy that I just explain them. I hope you'll try this craft. I think you'll enjoy it.


  • Small glass jar. Mine measured 3” high by 3” diameter.
  • Paint: black, orange, dark blue, yellow
  • White glue
  • Paint brush
  • Iridescent glitter
  • No-flame candle
  • Hard cover book
  • Utility knife
  • 3 ” round flower pot or glass to use for circle guide
  • Two (9”) pieces of 1/8” narrow ribbon, black
  • White glue
  • Glue gun
  • Black silk rose petal 2
  • black sequins
  • 6” skeleton

Preparing the Pumpkin

With a black marker, draw the eyes, nose and grin on the glass jar. With black paint, paint in the eyes, nose and mouth. Let dry. Reapply black paint. Let dry.Mix orange craft paint and white glue. Using a round artists brush, carefully paint around the face features, then, using a large brush, paint the rest of the jar. While the paint is still wet, sprinkle with iridescent glitter. Let dry.

Preparing the Book

I used an old Reader’s Digest Condensed Book for this project. Cut the first few pages along the cover.

Lay your circle guide on the pages, about 1 " to 1 " from the front and side of the page.

Using the utility knife, cut around the guide a few times, then remove those cut circles and continue cutting until you have about " depth (well.) Paint one of the cut out circles yellow and let it dry.

The well.

Fold a cut out circle into four as shown, then fold it, glue the center, then glue the folded end inside and to the bottom of the well. Continue making these folded circles and gluing them inside.

With the dark blue paint, paint the inside cover and any showing cover of the book. Mix a little water with white glue and paint the edges of the book. Place weight on the pages and let the glue dry.

With the glue gun, attach the ribbon to the top back of the opened book cover, then down to the bottom of the open book. The cover should be slightly tilted back so it stays open.Cut three bat shapes out of the black rose petal. I use the rose petal because it is stiff enough to hold a shape. Glue the bats to the yellow painted circle. Glue a black sequin body to the front of the bat wings. Draw in a couple of extra, very small, bat shapes inside the moon. Let dry.Drape the skeleton over the left hand corner of the top book cover. Glue the moon to the top right hand side of the cover, with the top and side of the moon over the edge of the cover.Place the battery operated candle inside the pumpkin and place the pumpkin into the book well. Finished!!

Finished, but unlit.

© 2012 Loraine Brummer

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      Angela F 

      6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Very clever! Added to my Trick or Treat Pinterest board

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      6 years ago

      So cute. I love the candle jar!

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      Rosyel Sawali 

      7 years ago from Manila Philippines

      Very nice! Amazingly creative ^_^

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      7 years ago

      Oh my gosh, this is clever! I especially like the pages folded up around the candle jar.


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