Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) pipe is a widely available craft from hardware stores. Many contractors at construction sites will also give away pieces of scrap PVC once their projects are finished. Use these free pieces to make creative electric or wax candles from this durable and easily coloured material.
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Wider PVC pipes make colourful bases for wax candles. Use a 1-inch-diameter PVC pipe and cut it to about 1 inch high. Decorate the outside of the pipe using duct tape, electrical tape or acrylic paint to match the decor in your home. Attach a wick into a wick base and loop one end around a wooden skewer. Hot glue a thin strip of metal across the bottom of the pipe before attaching the other end of the wick to the wick base and securing it in place. Recycle old, burnt-out candles by melting them down in a double boiler. Add essential oils in your favourite fragrance to scent the wax. Pour the wax into the pipe and allow it to harden around the wick.
Use a long, narrow PVC pipe to make electric, outdoor candles for your porch or stoop. Paint the exterior of the pipe either white or a festive colour. Run a light socket and cord through the pipe and attach a light bulb into the socket. Paint one end of the PVC pipe with white craft glue mixed with silver so that it flows down the side of the pipe to look like wax drips. Screw a pipe nipple into a flange and paint the flange the same colour as the main pipe. Insert the nipple into the pipe and run the cord to a light socket to light up your electric candle.
Halloween Flickering Candles
Make a spooky centrepiece using PVC pipes, expanding foam and LED tea lights. Colour the outside of the PVC pipe using acrylic paint. White or blood red looks best in a Halloween centrepiece. Fill the inside of the top part of the pipe with expanding foam. Do not worry if the foam expands over the top. Trim a divot into the top of the pipe that the LED tea light will fit inside. Hot glue drips onto the side of the candle. For a more obvious appearance, cover the glue with acrylic paint. Place the light inside the divot and watch it flicker on a piece of glass mirror tile.
Make scary outdoor candle fixtures for your haunted house. Buy four curved pieces of PVC pipe that will fit into a pipe fitting with four openings. Hot glue the fitting onto a long piece of PVC pipe. Paint all of the pieces black with spray paint that was made for plastic. Glue around one end of each curved PVC pipe and place them each into the pipe fitting. Add battery-operated tea light candles into the inside of the top of the curved pieces and place a plastic skull onto the centre of the candelabra for aesthetic appeal.
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