When the witching hour is fast approaching, it’s best to turn off your overhead lamps and opt for some mood lighting instead. There’s something delightfully eerie about a flickering candle—especially as you’re telling ghost stories with your friends—and while your go-to tapers might be fine, this quick DIY will really up the ante.

These “bloody” candles are totally beginner-friendly—not that anyone will know. Your guests might wonder if they were store-bought (or perhaps if you simply had a good spell up your sleeve). Whip up a couple and cluster them together for a just-spooky-enough centerpiece—after all, you don’t want to be haunted by the craft projects you never finished.

The Supplies

  • Ball candles in the color of your choice, for the base
  • Red taper candles (use two different shades for a more dynamic look)
  • Spray paint, in the same color as the ball candles
  • Brushed metal candle stands

The How-To

Step 1: Spritz the Stands



Spray-paint the candle stands to match the color of the base candles you will be using. 

Step 2: Get Glowing


Set the candles on the base and light them. Once the ball candle has burned enough that a shallow well has formed at the top, light the red candles.

Step 3: Drip Away


Gently position the red candle horizontally over the ball candle so that the flame of the ball candle is directly beneath the top tip of the red candle. Allow the red wax to drip along the sides of the ball candle until it’s covered to your liking.

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