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Costuming your Candelabra for a Halloween Party - 5 Style Examples

Updated on September 24, 2013

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

One Candelabrum,

3 Different Designs

#1 - Elegant, Gothic Candelabra - Deep Red Flowers, Black Feathers & Hanging Moss

Gothic Candelabra
Gothic Candelabra

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

  1. 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.)
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

    Finished!

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!

TERRA METAL 14" CANDELABRA
TERRA METAL 14" CANDELABRA

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

Poe Inspired Candle Holder
Poe Inspired 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 Candelabrum

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Supplies for the Poe inspired decorated candle holder.Place the necklaces on the arms the same way as in the first candelabra instructions above. Add some Spanish moss to the center. Pull on it and add more until you like the look of it dripping between the arms.Add cob web. It actually looks a lot more realistic the more you stretch it, so pull! Hook it on other arms or the taper holders.Add your crow or raven to the center (standing on the moss) and your taper candles.Close up of the "Raven".
Supplies for the Poe inspired decorated candle holder.
Supplies for the Poe inspired decorated candle holder.
Place the necklaces on the arms the same way as in the first candelabra instructions above. Add some Spanish moss to the center. Pull on it and add more until you like the look of it dripping between the arms.
Place the necklaces on the arms the same way as in the first candelabra instructions above. Add some Spanish moss to the center. Pull on it and add more until you like the look of it dripping between the arms.
Add cob web. It actually looks a lot more realistic the more you stretch it, so pull! Hook it on other arms or the taper holders.
Add cob web. It actually looks a lot more realistic the more you stretch it, so pull! Hook it on other arms or the taper holders.
Add your crow or raven to the center (standing on the moss) and your taper candles.
Add your crow or raven to the center (standing on the moss) and your taper candles.
Close up of the "Raven".
Close up of the "Raven".

Supplies for Decorating in an Edgar Allan Poe Style - Get Your "Poe" On!

Small Fake Crow Prop 6" Black Feathers
Small Fake Crow Prop 6" Black Feathers

Use a crow, raven or black bird of some sort to give that Edgar Allan Poe feel.

 
Spider Web Streachable white with (2) Spiders Pkg/1
Spider Web Streachable white with (2) Spiders Pkg/1

Get some stretchable cobwebbing to scary up the candelabra!

 
Luster Leaf 1210 Spanish Moss, 180-Cubic Inch
Luster Leaf 1210 Spanish Moss, 180-Cubic Inch

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

Vampire inspired Taper Holder
Vampire inspired Taper 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.

I used:

  • 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 Design

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Here are my supplies gathered and ready.Actually, I made the blood dripping candles first. I used ivory tapers and one red taper. Light the red taper and let it drip over the top of the ivory for that bloody look!I added the ivy silk bush in the center and then wound the "spider" branches on the arms so that each one had some ivy. I also wound the longest one around the pedestal portion of the holder. Then, just added my vampire figurine to the center and my My poor vampire ran into a problem during the demonstration. I dropped him and broke his nose. Poor thing!
Here are my supplies gathered and ready.
Here are my supplies gathered and ready.
Actually, I made the blood dripping candles first. I used ivory tapers and one red taper. Light the red taper and let it drip over the top of the ivory for that bloody look!
Actually, I made the blood dripping candles first. I used ivory tapers and one red taper. Light the red taper and let it drip over the top of the ivory for that bloody look!
I added the ivy silk bush in the center and then wound the "spider" branches on the arms so that each one had some ivy. I also wound the longest one around the pedestal portion of the holder. Then, just added my vampire figurine to the center and my
I added the ivy silk bush in the center and then wound the "spider" branches on the arms so that each one had some ivy. I also wound the longest one around the pedestal portion of the holder. Then, just added my vampire figurine to the center and my
My poor vampire ran into a problem during the demonstration. I dropped him and broke his nose. Poor thing!
My poor vampire ran into a problem during the demonstration. I dropped him and broke his nose. Poor thing!

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.

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#4 - Harvest Time Decorated Candelabrum

Harvest design candle holder
Harvest design candle holder

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 Photos

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The candle holder (this one holds pillars, votives or tea lights -- whichever you prefer), and assorted fall themed items.Here are my mini pillar LED candles.I placed the pumpkin on the center holder and the rest of the candles around it to see if I liked the basic design.I then twisted the two floral picks together, cut off the excess wire and bent it at a 90 degree angle. Scotch tape held it to the center candle holder with the pumpkin placed on top. (Hint: duct tape is stronger!)Here it is almost finished. I wanted something at the bottom so I went and got the fall boa.I weaved the boa in and out of the individual holders on this one letting the iron design show.Here, I placed the boa in front of the holder with the excess in the center. Just play with it until you like the look!
The candle holder (this one holds pillars, votives or tea lights -- whichever you prefer), and assorted fall themed items.
The candle holder (this one holds pillars, votives or tea lights -- whichever you prefer), and assorted fall themed items.
Here are my mini pillar LED candles.
Here are my mini pillar LED candles.
I placed the pumpkin on the center holder and the rest of the candles around it to see if I liked the basic design.
I placed the pumpkin on the center holder and the rest of the candles around it to see if I liked the basic design.
I then twisted the two floral picks together, cut off the excess wire and bent it at a 90 degree angle. Scotch tape held it to the center candle holder with the pumpkin placed on top. (Hint: duct tape is stronger!)
I then twisted the two floral picks together, cut off the excess wire and bent it at a 90 degree angle. Scotch tape held it to the center candle holder with the pumpkin placed on top. (Hint: duct tape is stronger!)
Here it is almost finished. I wanted something at the bottom so I went and got the fall boa.
Here it is almost finished. I wanted something at the bottom so I went and got the fall boa.
I weaved the boa in and out of the individual holders on this one letting the iron design show.
I weaved the boa in and out of the individual holders on this one letting the iron design show.
Here, I placed the boa in front of the holder with the excess in the center. Just play with it until you like the look!
Here, I placed the boa in front of the holder with the excess in the center. Just play with it until you like the look!

#5 - Skull-Tastic Themed Candle Holder

Skull featured design
Skull featured design

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!

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My candle holder (again not a traditional taper holder), skulls, skeletons, mini pillars and a bit of bling.First I placed the candles on all but the middle plate. Then I added the bling! Even skulls can use some bling!I strung the 3 skeletons together on fishing line and hung them in the center "cage" like area of the holder. They looked like they were in jail!I added a large skull to the center plate and mini skulls on the edge of each of the lower plates with the candles.I am thinking, I may glitter or rhinestone up the skull for this design. It would look so cool to have the bling hanging at the bottom as well as on the skull at the top.
My candle holder (again not a traditional taper holder), skulls, skeletons, mini pillars and a bit of bling.
My candle holder (again not a traditional taper holder), skulls, skeletons, mini pillars and a bit of bling.
First I placed the candles on all but the middle plate. Then I added the bling! Even skulls can use some bling!
First I placed the candles on all but the middle plate. Then I added the bling! Even skulls can use some bling!
I strung the 3 skeletons together on fishing line and hung them in the center "cage" like area of the holder. They looked like they were in jail!
I strung the 3 skeletons together on fishing line and hung them in the center "cage" like area of the holder. They looked like they were in jail!
I added a large skull to the center plate and mini skulls on the edge of each of the lower plates with the candles.
I added a large skull to the center plate and mini skulls on the edge of each of the lower plates with the candles.
I am thinking, I may glitter or rhinestone up the skull for this design. It would look so cool to have the bling hanging at the bottom as well as on the skull at the top.
I am thinking, I may glitter or rhinestone up the skull for this design. It would look so cool to have the bling hanging at the bottom as well as on the skull at the top.

Red Rhinestone Skull - I love this Guy!

Metallic Red Rhinestone Skull Statue
Metallic Red Rhinestone Skull Statue

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!

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    • smine27 profile image

      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I love your ideas and how you make them look so different. I really like the harvest one.

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      grrbtn 3 years ago

      These are great ideas, but the only problem is we don't have enough candelabra's to make all the decorations we liked lol. Great ideas and a well put together lens, Well done

    • Rhonda Lytle profile image

      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      These are so creative. I love the versatility here and how with just a few changes the entire look gets made over.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      All of your candelabras are gorgeous and I am truly impressed with your creativity!!! I love the raven, but surprisingly enough, I think my favorite is the one with the deep red flowers and the eerie candles! Really awesome!