These cute little DIY Dollar Tree Halloween Decorations are great for simple, inexpensive décor! Learn how to make a bleeding candle and another quick 5-minute easy Halloween decoration!
Dollar Tree Halloween Decorations
Halloween is such a fun time of year, and the decorations make up a huge part of that! These easy Halloween decorations are simple enough that children can help out and SO cheap to make. You can find these materials (or similar options) at Dollar Tree or your favorite general dollar store. No need to break the bank for fun, creepy décor!
Using similar materials, I made two different small Halloween centerpieces. One features a “bleeding candle” which is such a neat-looking addition to any creepy décor! You could use this same technique with different colors to add an interesting, unexpected twist in any type of party.
The second centerpiece is incredibly simple and very kid-friendly. While I did use a real candle as the main focus, you could easily swap that out for a battery-operated candle instead. I used a bit of hot glue to set things in place, but a safer option could be craft foam adhesive dots instead.
With very inexpensive, easy to find, and customizable materials, these will be great to reuse year after year! Checking out Dollar Tree’s seasonal décor for every holiday means you could make these for all your favorite parties!
DIY Bleeding Candle Materials
Just 4 easy, cheap materials are needed for this spooky bleeding candle centerpiece.
- One white pillar candle – The height is up to you, but this size was the largest I could get at my Dollar Tree. You could also do this with another color if you’d prefer.
- One or two red candlesticks – The amount you’ll need depends on how much “blood” you want to see.
- One tray – I’ve had this tray from previous crafts, but I saw several different styles of trays at Dollar Tree that would look great.
- One or two pack of eyeballs – Depending on the size of your tray, you may need more or less. I used one bag. If you’d rather use the mini pumpkins, skulls, or other seasonal piece of décor, that would work!
Tools: hot glue gun
How to make a Bleeding Candle for Halloween
This simple project gives a creepy vibe to any room! Start by melting the top of your white candle — This just helps it look more used. Place the candle on a newspaper or piece of cardboard to prevent a mess. In addition to lighting the wick, I also used my lighter to melt the wax faster.
Blow out the candle and allow the wax to harden again after it reaches your preferred level of melted. Light the red candle and hold it over the candle, allowing the red wax to drip and cover the white candle. Move the red candle around, covering the top of the candle and dripping down the sides.
To get a good thick layer of red wax, I allowed the first “coating” of red wax to cool and harden before beginning again and adding another layer. This is optional, but I felt like it helped get a thicker layer of wax on top.
Place the candle onto your tray, then arrange your eyeballs or other Halloween decorations around the candle. Using the red candle, cover the eyeballs nearest to the white candle with red wax. This helps it look like the red wax is flowing from the candle down over the eyeballs.
Kid-Friendly Halloween Centerpiece Materials
- One candle – You can use a battery-powered candle (safer) or a real wax candle. Any color or size is fine.
- One tray – Whatever size you prefer; The one in the photo is one I already had, but there were many types at Dollar Tree.
- Seasonal décor like pumpkins, skulls, and eyeballs – I chose a variety of Halloween decorations for a general “spooky season” vibe. You could choose multiple types or stick to one for a theme.
Tools: glue gun
How to Make a Halloween Candle Centerpiece
This could not be easier! Children could design their own and then have an adult add glue for security.
Place your candle on the tray wherever you like it (I chose the middle). If you are using a wax candle, you can glue this down if you wish. If you are using a battery-operated candle, this isn’t an option. It’s okay to skip that.
Surround your candle with your decorations and glue into place if you’d like. If you are using the electronic candle, make sure you can still pull it out amongst the glued components.
Top off the design with some webbing, glitter, spider rings, or other pops of personality!
More Halloween DIY Projects
- DIY Halloween Tombstones – An inexpensive, impressive yard decoration to get the neighbor’s attention.
- DIY Pumpkin Centerpiece – The perfect use for a mini pumpkin… A succulent planter!
- Pallet Jack-O-Lantern – Such a cute, customizable porch decoration that will last for years!
- DIY Candy Corn Décor – Super easy beginner woodworking project! Great table filler and super cheap.
- Corn Husk Wreath – Takes a bit of effort, but it’s extremely inexpensive and works with SO many home décor styles.
Want more? Check out this list of the BEST DIY Halloween Decorations!