Halloween DIY- Vintage Hollywood Horror Candleholders

easy diy-vintage hollywood horror candleholdersWell it was time for another craft night with the girls since Halloween was imminent.  And crafting is always a stellar excuse for drinking wine, as it helps the creative juices flow. At least that’s what we like to tell ourselves!

Knowing the night was fast approaching, I was furiously searching the interwebs for a project.  Naturally it had to have a vintage flair, and it had to be easy, so as not to distract from the drinking and gabbing.

This tutorial for votive candleholders intrigued me. Don’t these look cool? Loved the idea of cutting out the eyes so they glow when you light the candle. And it looked like they wouldn’t take very long.


But I’ve always loved the the graphics on vintage horror movie posters. And there were plenty online with skeleton heads, zombies and other monsters who had nice big eyes for the cutting. Mwwah ha ha!

vintage movie posters

Then off I went to Michael’s (and Total Wine) for all the necessary ingredients to make my vintage horror movie poster candleholders.

Here’s what you need.

Cylinder glass candleholders

I got mine at Michael’s. But I’m sure you can find them lots of other places,
including thrift stores.

glass candleholders


I used a multi-purpose acrylic

Acrylic craft paints

Exacto knife and sponge brushes

Craft tools

Mod Podge

I used antique matte, but I think  any kind would do.

mod podge antique matte


Cut all the eyes out

I even cut out the mouths on some of the monsters.
Made for more holes for the light to shine through!


Paint glass candleholder

Used a sponge brush to dab black paint on the top and bottom, but used silver for the middle
so the details of the pictures wouldn’t be lost.
Then I baked for 30 minutes at 350, according to instructions on paint bottle.

Let them cool!

Painted glass candleholder

Paste pictures onto glass

Brush Mod Podge onto glass. Stick your pictures on anyway you like.
Then Mod Podge over top of images.
I used three coats, letting them dry in between.

Mod podge

Here I cut out sections of a poster and pasted them for a collage effect.

Vintage Halloween candleholder


And if you want to get more creative.
I had a round wood plaque laying around, so I painted it silver for a base for one of the candles.
I also wrapped some Halloween black and silver glitter garland around the base.(found at Michael’s for 70% off)

Vintage Movie Poster Halloween Candleholder

Vintage horror movie poster candleholders

Vintage Horror Movie Candleholders-Halloween DIY

So there you have it.  I used red votive candles. But this works with battery operated tea lights or even those little oil lamp candles.

For safety purposes if you were going to let these burn for extended periods, I would probably put a glass votive holder inside.

But there are certainly plenty of options to create a spooky lighting effect.

Happy Halloween!








By | 2016-10-27T11:52:00-04:00 October 27th, 2016|Crafts/DIY|8 Comments

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Hi, I'm Theresa, owner and chief classy dame at the Blue Velvet Vintage online boutique. Lover of mid century fashion and home decor, classic films, Old Hollywood, pretty dresses, red lipstick, swing dancing and retro culture in general. Between my ecommere site and vintage style blog my mission is to revive the eras of classy dressing and inspire women to add more glamour to their lives! So don't be shy! I love to hear from others who share my appreciation of the styles of the past.


  1. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell October 28, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    Thanks, Liz. And they were pretty easy. I’m already thinking of new ways to utilize this technique!

  2. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell October 28, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    Yes, Samantha, those glowing eyes do create such a cool spooky effect.

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    Liz October 28, 2016 at 10:56 am

    How fun! I think this is a craft I might have to do next year. You did a great job.


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    Samantha October 27, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    These are so effective. I definitely want to make some. I’m finding them a bit scary even in the photos, it’s the eyes…

  5. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell October 27, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    Thanks, Suzanne. Coming from someone as creative as as you are, I take that as a great compliment 🙂

  6. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell October 27, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    Thanks! I was thinking, even if you didn’t celebrate Halloween, you could probably find vintage images that would work for other holidays. And, yes, crafting with cocktails is the most fun 🙂

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    Suzanne October 27, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    What a fun idea! They turned out great : )


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    Vix October 27, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Those are absolutely brilliant! I don’t even celebrate Halloween but I’d be tempted to make some!
    I love that your craft sessions are fueled by wine, the best ones always are! xxx

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