Costuming your Candelabra for a Halloween Party - 5 Style Examples
Candelabras are a MUST as Halloween Decorations
Candelabras are the quintessential decor item for Halloween decorating at home or for a party. I mean, come on -- what's Halloween without a spooky, a creepy or a not-so-scary candle holder?
When decorating your house for the holiday, these are perfect complements to entry tables, a dining or kitchen table, the fireplace mantel, a sofa or side table or even a book shelf with lots of space between shelves.
I know at our house, the candelabra always gets a place of prominence and I change it up each year. I want to keep the goblins on their toes so rearranging, re-doing and adding new items to the decorations is an important part of my decorating for Halloween.
Let's take a look at a few different candelabras and how to decorate them for different levels of scariness...
Image: DecoratingforEvents - Mandee
3 for 1
3 Different Designs
#1 - Elegant, Gothic Candelabra - Deep Red Flowers, Black Feathers & Hanging Moss
This one is one of my favorites! I used the large candelabrum with 5 taper candles. This one really needs a lot of space since the diameter is about 23 inches (approx. 59 cm). It's perfect for a dining room table or a larger buffet or entry table.
My supplies included:
- 4" foam ball (not the oasis, just general crafting foam)
- 2 - dark red silk flower bushes (had about 5 or 6 blooms each)
- Mossy look greenery bush
- Dried Spanish Moss
- 5 - black bead necklaces
- Loose black feathers
- 5 taper candles
- 5 Plastic spider rings
- 5 Wisteria blooms
Steps for Decorating a Candelabra in a Gothic Style
- Start by cutting your flower bushed or stems down to a 2" steam. Then start covering all but the bottom of your foam ball with the flowers you have chosen. (hint: all flat bloomed flowers or all rounded bloomed blossoms work best. A mixture makes for an uneven ball shape.)
- For the bottom of the ball, I used a silk, mossy greenery bush. I cut the branches so I had singles instead of a bush. Insert them into the foam ball in a mostly downward angle. This allows them the drape and follow the pedestal part of the candle holder. Don't skimp but you can still leave a blank spot on the very bottom of the ball.
- Place Spanish moss in a dripping fashion in the center of your candle holder. Pull, play, add more or take away some until you get the dripping effect between the arms.
- Place your completed flower ball on top of the Spanish moss taking care to arrange the greenery between the arms. I then decided I need a little color hanging down, so I added a couple of wisteria blooms in the dark red color. It really popped on the greenish background.
- Slip one black necklace over arms one and two. Move over one arm and slip another necklace on the 2nd and 3rd arms. Move over one arm again and slip one on the 3rd and 4th arms. Again on the 4th and 5th arms. And lastly, over arms 5 and 1. This is five total beaded necklaces and each arm will have 2 strands looped on it.
- Add taper candles (LED are better than lighting real candles too close to the flower ball. You don't need a fire for Halloween!) Place your spider rings on the tapers.
Black is Best
Wrought iron is perfect for Halloween candle holders. The black makes the perfect basis for whatever other colors you use.
However, remember spray paint in a flat, gloss or satin can make any material look like wrought iron!
Ready-Made Candelabrum - You can still decorate it!
This one has 5 candle holders too, but there is one in the middle. I like the dripping crystals but would probably add taller tapers and the flower ball in the center instead of the candle.
It's not quite as tall (14" vs. mine at 23") but that means more versatility in where it can be displayed.
#2 - "Poe"-esque Sinister Candle Holder
This one was very easy to decorate. I used dried Spanish moss, spider webbing, black bead necklaces and a stuffed raven (crow). That was it! Only took a few minutes to put it together.
Once it's finished, pay attention to the immediate area where you display it. Add a stack of old books with an owl on top and a few fun items to create the vignette with this awesome Halloween prop. Can't you just see this on your entry or sofa table?
Image: DecoratingforEvents - Mandee
Steps to Decorating "Poe"-esque CandelabrumClick thumbnail to view full-size
Supplies for Decorating in an Edgar Allan Poe Style - Get Your "Poe" On!
Use a crow, raven or black bird of some sort to give that Edgar Allan Poe feel.
Get some stretchable cobwebbing to scary up the candelabra!
The moss on the center of the candle holder definitely gives it that creepy, sinister feel you get reading Poe!
#3 - Transylvania's Finest - Vampire Inspired Candle Holder
Vampires continue to be popular with readers, movie goers and, of course, at Halloween. This design was pretty simple but I don't think there is any doubt it was inspired by vampires.
- Blood dripping tapers
- a silk ivy bush (not garland, though that might work too.)
- a bust of a vampire
If you want a more elegant look, you could add crystal strands swagging from the arms. hmmmmm, might be kinda cool!
4 or 5 Simple Steps for the Vampire DesignClick thumbnail to view full-size
Make Your Own
For step by step instructions for making your own candelabra from thrift store finds like mine in the above 3 examples, see my article here.
How Scary at your House?
Which direction do your Halloween decorations lean?
#4 - Harvest Time Decorated Candelabrum
This is a bit of a different style candelabra -- long rather than tall. It works well on a mantel, table or shelf where you don't have as much height.
Again, I found this one second hand at a yard sale and decorated it with items I had around the house already. Not too many, just some fall themed items:
- fall boa (3 ft)
- glitter pumpkin
- LED mini pillar candles
- a couple of fall floral picks
Putting together the Harvest Design in PhotosClick thumbnail to view full-size
#5 - Skull-Tastic Themed Candle Holder
I had some skulls hanging around in my Halloween storage boxes. I found some mini ones as well as the larger one.
The mini pillar LED candles were perfect for this design with the holder having plates instead of taper cups. I found this candelabra at a yard sale for $4. Perfect! I love a deal!
I gathered the skulls and then found some bling strands I had gotten on clearance. I thought they would be a nice contrast to the black and ivory. Who says skulls can't be blingy?
Let's Put Our Skulls Together!Click thumbnail to view full-size
Red Rhinestone Skull - I love this Guy!
I can just see him gracing the center of the design, can't you? I could change out the bling to be red as well.
Or, I can make my own in whatever colors I want. Decisions, decisions...
Another Candle Holder Decorated for Halloween - and some inexpensive Halloween Decor Ideas
Get Your Candelabra Used and Be "Green" in your Decorating!
I am a HUGE upcycler! I love to take something old and give it a new life. A little paint and TLC and you can turn someone else's trash to treasure. I always check with eBay, local thrift stores and yard sales. You never know when you will find that perfect item and for a great price too!