You Will Need ...
  1. T.P. tube

  2. Sparkly pipe cleaners

  3. Tissue paper (or any other type of paper: wrapping, construction, scrapbook, etc.)

  4. Glue stick (or double stick tape)

  5. Markers or crayons (optional)

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Step 1: 

Cut a piece of tissue paper that is the width of the T.P. tube, and long enough so that it will wrap around the tube a little more than once. An easy way to do this is place a small mark on your T.P. tube. Place the tube with the marked part touching the edge of the paper. Roll the tube until you see the mark again, then add approximately 1/4 turn more. Trim to that mark.

Step 2: 

Apply the glue stick to the width edge of the tissue paper. Place the T.P. tube longwise along the glued edge and run your finger across the paper to secure.

Step 3: 

Apply glue to the inside of the remaining tissue paper. Roll the tube so that the glued side sticks to the tube.

Step 4: 

Make sure to seal the end of your paper onto the tube by applying a little extra glue at the end of the paper.

Step 5: 

Now it's time to make the wick! Make a loop with your pipe cleaner that is slightly larger than the opening of the T.P. tube.

Step 6: 

Twist the pipe cleaner to secure the loop in place. Then, bend the center of the loop to create a heart shape. This shape will help to secure the wick inside the T.P. Tube.

Step 7: 

Take the straight part of the pipe cleaner, bend it upward, and coil it upwards to create a twisting wick.

Step 8: 

To add the "flame", cut a small square of yellow tissue paper. Twist the bottom corner to create a flame-like appearance.

Step 9: 

Place the tissue flame at the tip of the pipe cleaner wick and twist the pipe cleaner around the tissue flame to secure it in place.

Step 10: 

To complete your candle, push the loop of the pipe cleaner inside the T.P. tube so that the wick and the flame stick out above the tube.

Step 11: 

Your completed candle should look a little something like this -- with your own personal touch, of course!

Craft Length: 
5 - 15 minutes
Easy peasy (fun and simple)
Prep Time: 
5 minutes or less
1 adult per 10 children

1. You can use duct tape, decoupage, wrapping paper, cellophane, foil, fabric, whatever you like to cover your T.P. tube.
2. Instead of using paper to cover the tube, color it with markers or crayons.
3. Stick an electric tea light (no real candles, please!) inside the T.P. tube for a realistic glow!


In the first few steps, you can continue to decorate the T.P. tube to your liking. Use markers, glue, gems, feathers... Here are a few of my own T.P. Tube Candles.

Variation Photos: