Learn how to make a DIY Black Flame Candle a Hocus Pocus Craft with my FREE printable file and a full tutorial – just scroll down! Ever since the movie Hocus Pocus came out in 1993 (I saw it in the theater, how about YOU?) I watch it every chance I get during spooky season. Pop up some popcorn and grab a Clark candy bar echoing this quote “It's the chocolate-covered finger of a man named Clark!” —Mary Sanderson and have a movie night. It's my FAVORITE night during Halloween.
Black Flame Candle a Hocus Pocus DIY
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Here's what you need to make a Black Flame Candle:
- White Flameless Pillar Candle
- Translucent Vellum Paper
- Americana Acrylic Craft Paint by DecoArt – Lamp Black
- White Wax Candle – Dollar Tree
- Stick Lighter – Dollar Tree
- Paper Trimmer – I love my Fiskars Tools!
- Xtreme Permanent Adhesive Runner by Tombow
- Tombow MONO Twin Permanent Marker
- A Scrap of Paper
- BLACK FLAME CANDLE PATTERN download below ⇓
Here's how to create a Hocus Pocus Black Flame Candle:
To begin the Black Flame Candle Hocus Pocus Craft, gather all supplies. Y'all know that I LOVE to doodle and draw, so creating the FREE PRINTABLE for this Black Flame Candle project was fun, quick, and easy. My pen of choice for doodling is the MONO Twin Permanent Marker from Tombow. It has a thicker bullet tip and a thinner extra fine tip in one pen! And the permanent ink dries instantly, so no smudging of the design. Make sure that you order the BATTERIES that go with your flameless candle, so you don't have to run out to the store and grab them. Remove the tags and packaging from the supplies. Insert the batteries into the pillar candle.
Download the Black Flame Candle free printable pattern below ⇓ and print it onto translucent vellum paper. Sorry for the dust all over my printer – YIKES! This is my favorite vellum paper for all types of craft projects. Try stamping on the vellum, coloring with colored pencils, and wrapping around a glass votive for a custom piece of home decor.
Here you can see the difference between the original pattern that I drew on super smooth printer paper and the translucent qualities of the vellum paper. If you like to make lanterns, this vellum paper is a must! It can also be used for card making, dioramas, and lettering projects.
Turn the flameless candle on and using a dry paintbrush, carefully paint the plastic candle flame with Lamp Black acrylic craft paint in a sketchy and random manner. Do not paint the entire flame, but make sure that the light is visible through the black paint. I concentrated on the sides, leaving the center mostly see-through.
Cut the black flame candle pattern to size using a paper trimmer or scissors, along the printed guidelines. This pattern is 6.5” tall by 9.5” wide and is intended for a 3” by 8” pillar candle. I found my flameless candle HERE and they were a great deal! You can shrink or enlarge the pattern as needed for any size candle.
Flip the vellum black flame candle pattern over and apply Xtreme Permanent Adhesive Tape Runner along both 6.5” ends of the rectangle. Center the pattern at the front of the candle and carefully wrap around both sides, shifting slightly until they match at the back of the candle. Burnish the adhesive down with your thumbnail, so you get a good bond. Tombow Xtreme Adhesive is five times stronger than traditional adhesive runners and works on hard-to-glue surfaces. Remember to roll to apply and then swipe to the side for a clean application.
Using a stick lighter, light a white real wax candle and let it burn for a few minutes to melt the wax. I picked up this glass pillar candle and stick lighter from Dollar Tree. Originally I was going to use drips of hot glue, but when I tested it, it was very thick and did not look like candle wax at all, so I switched over to melted wax. It is important to test out new craft techniques before applying them to your finished project.
Place the flameless pillar candle on top of a scrap piece of paper to protect your work surface. Once the wax has melted, carefully tip the wax candle over and randomly pour the melted wax along the edge of the flameless candle. Add as much wax and as many drips as you like to replicate the candle from the movie. Make sure to drip wax over the seam in the back of the translucent vellum paper to cover it up.
DIY Black Flame Candle Hocus Pocus Craft
In the original movie Hocus Pocus, the Black Flame Candle is a dark magical candle made from the fat of a hanged man. If lit by a virgin on Halloween night during a full moon, it would raise the spirits of the dead for as long as the flame burned one night. Just as the name describes, it literally burns a black flame but shines no candlelight. This is likely because it is a form of dark magic. Max Dennison, disbelieving and making fun of the legends of the Sanderson Sisters, lit it, and in doing so, arose them from the dead. The Black Flame Candle Spell is Solaten omnes saculorem tuba nriirum est. Max famously says “So let's light the sucker and meet the old broads.” Foolishly daring Allison and his sister Dani to light the black flame candle.
My Free Printable Sanderson Sisters Felt Bookmarks a Hocus Pocus Craft, is from my favorite movie which I happen to LOVE! Hocus Pocus is a movie that I can watch any time of the year, not just at Halloween time. So, I cannot believe that this is my first Hocus Pocus inspired craft project. What was I thinking to wait so long for the inspiration to strike? I have hand-drawn the free printable pattern sheet that you can use to create these magical bookmarks with your Hocus Pocus fans today!
Hocus Pocus is the most fun for family movie night at Halloween time. Laura from Me and My INKlings loves mixing up DIY projects, snacks, handmade decor, and a FUN Hocus Pocus Word Search. Binx is the black cat with the full name of Thackery Binx. He was once human before he was turned into an immortal black cat, simply because he tried to save his sister, Emily, from the Sanderson sisters.
Like a lot of families, Lindsay from Artsy Fartsy Mama starts off each spooky season with a Hocus Pocus movie night – but this year is going to be extra special. After almost 30 years, the long-awaited Hocus Pocus sequel is finally happening!! To celebrate, she is sharing this set of Free Printable Hocus Pocus Cupcake Toppers + Wrappers (featuring your favorite witchy trio) to add some extra magic to the big night!!
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