Bring the charm of Hogwarts' Great Hall into your own home with these DIY floating candles!
Whether you've decided to go all in for a Harry Potter themed party or for a Harry Potter movie marathon (that's us 🙋 ), you can't go wrong with the addition of these DIY floating candles.
I have to admit that I loveee that Harry Potter is still relevant and that children today still marvel at it. It's given something that my 12 year old daughter and I can bond over, and that is irreplaceable!
One of my favorite scenes is when the new students enter The Great Hall for the first time and are introduced to the sorting hat.
The touch of fire, the candles floating above their heads, and the whole set up is absolutely incredible. Even if I could add just a touch of that to my home... I was willing to try!
I've come across some other tutorials that involved making your own candles out of toilet paper rolls, but I wanted a more seamless look. And plus - toilet paper is a hot commodity these days!
- LED Taper Candles with a Remote - I ordered 2 packs of these, so I had 24 candles total. Being able to control all of the candles with the click of a button is amazing. 👏
- Fishing Wire - I went with 0.30 mm thickness but really anything will work. If you already have some laying around, great!
- AA Batteries - The candles require 2 batteries each, so make sure you have plenty in stock.
- Tacks - I decided to use flat head tacks but small command hooks would work as well.
Now comes the fun part! ⚡
Step 1: I wanted the candles to hang at varying heights, so I didn't worry too much about the length of the fishing wire. Generally speaking, I cut anywhere from 18" to 36" of fishing wire at a time.
Step 2: Next, I unscrewed the top of the candle and added in the 2 AA batteries it requires.
Step 3: Since I wanted the candles to hang as upright as possible, I wrapped both ends of the fishing wire around the candle top 2-3 times. This created a loop that made the candles easier to hang at the end.
Tip: It was a little tricky to get the fishing wire to stay wrapped so you could screw the base in. I found that if you take one end of the fishing wire about 2 inches in and started wrapping from there until you reach the end, it made things easier.
Step 4: While still holding the ends of the fishing wire with my finger, I screwed the candle base in as tight as I could. I found that by putting in the loose ends of the fishing wire in first, it kept the wire more secure.
Step 5: To hang it from the ceiling, I wrapped the loop of wire around the tack one time and pushed it in. That's all!