This cardboard roll Christmas candle craft is fun and easy for kids to make. Using paper towel rolls for the candles and tissue paper for the flames, your child can create a festive display for a holiday mantel or your Christmas dinner table.
The daycare hooligans made the prettiest cardboard roll Christmas candles the other day, and it was such an easy project.
We’ve made several Christmas crafts from cardboard rolls over the years but this was our first time making Christmas candles.
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The kids had a lot of fun making these candles, and I was so impressed with the way they turned out. They’ll look beautiful displayed on a mantel, windowsill or table over the holidays.
Because these candles may be displayed on a dinner table, we made them with paper towel rolls instead of toilet paper rolls. You can also use the cardboard tube from a roll of wrapping paper. ‘Tis the season to have a lot of those kicking around.
Aren’t they pretty? One of the daycare parents saw the candles all lined up at pick-up time, and commented on how real they look. I was thinking the same thing! Who knew the humble paper towel roll could look so good?!
Originally, I’d thought we’d just paint the orange flames of the candles, but there was a stack of tissue paper sitting nearby when we were crafting, and it occurred to me that we could make a 3-dimensional flame if we used some orange tissue paper.
I’m so happy we gave that a try because I love the way the flames puff out from the tops of the candles.
Let me show you how we made our candles start-to-finish. It’s so easy! You totally have to make these with the kids this Christmas season.
To make our cardboard roll Christmas candle craft, you’ll need:
- paper towel rolls or wrapping paper tubes
- paint brushes
- thin cardboard or card stock for the halo around the flame
- orange tissue paper
Making your candles:
We started by cutting our paper towel rolls into two pieces. We intentionally did not cut the roll right in half. We got a short and a tall candle from each cardboard roll.
Then we painted our cardboard rolls. We went with traditional Christmas colours for our candle craft, but you can use some really funky colours if you’d rather. Turquoise, bright pink and lime great are popular Christmas decor colours these days, or you could do a silver and gold combo or a turquoise and silver combo. Get as creative as you’d like!
The hooligans preferred classic Christmas colours for this craft, so they chose red, green and white paint. We used acrylic craft paint, but you can use whatever kid-friendly paints you have on hand.
Some of the kids painted stripes and dots on their their cardboard rolls, some did solid colours, and some made candy cane stripes.
After painting our candles, we got to work making the flames.
We traced a jar lid on a piece of thin, white cardboard and cut that out. This would be the halo around the candle’s flame. The kids painted it yellow, and then they cut the shape of a flame out of their halo.
Next, we cut a slit on either side of the top of the cardboard rolls and we tucked our yellow halos into those slits.
Then we tucked our yellow halo into the slits.
Lastly, we made the flames for our candle craft.
You could do this by gluing a single layer of orange tissue paper behind the cut out piece of your halo, but we wanted a 3-dimensional look, so this is what we did:
First, we cut a piece of orange tissue paper measuring approximately 3 x 11.
Then we folded this piece of tissue paper in half. Then, working from the back of the halo, we pushed a bit of the tissue paper through the flame cut-out, so it puffed out from the front of the halo.
There was some excess orange tissue paper peeking out from behind the outer edge of the halo, so we trimmed that and then dabbed some glue on the back of the halo to hold the flame in place.
Aren’t they beautiful!
And so easy! This Christmas candle craft is a great craft for the kids to make at home, but it would be a super holiday craft for the classroom too!
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.