Flameless Candle DIY


Let’s see how to make a flameless candle DIY for home décor.

This simple DIY is from an old furniture leg. Yes, I said furniture leg for a flameless candle project.

However, the best part of this craft project is it’s easy. And making your own battery operated candle is budget friendly.

This craft is very easy so do not be intimidated at all. I share a full tutorial, and this is the BEST part!

By the way I am using an old furniture leg. Can you believe?

Coming Up with the Design to Make Rustic Candle

Step 1: The Desining Idea to Make the Project

After seeing the size of the furniture leg, I immediately saw a candle.  However, making a flameless candle DIY for my home décor that didn’t light wasn’t going to be good enough.

First, we took the long screw out from the center of the wood furniture leg for my flameless rustic DIY. It is an easy process for this battery operated candle project.

After removing the screw and metal cap, using a drill, he drilled straight through to the other side. 

furniture leg for this craft project

***Tip: It may be an issue finding a furniture leg. So, what can you use for this easy to make DIY? Well, here’s the answer. A WOOD CLOSET POLE.

This is inexpenvive and you can find this at ANY homeimprovement store. Therefore, a closet pole is better. Why?

***Because, many sizes for your home cand this simple homemade flameless project can be made! Imagine having different sizes to use in home decorating!!! A LINK will be at the BOTTOM!

drill, furniture leg, drill, drill  bit, pliers
furniture leg for my project
furniture leg taken apart for my easy craft
drilling the hole through the furniture leg for my DIY
hole that is drilled through leg

Finding a Warm White LED Light for the Flame

Step 2: Adding Light for a Flame

Now, I had to come up with a plan how to make this flameless candle DIY light. 

This is when the internet becomes my best source of information for this easy craft idea.  As I did some looking, I Googled, LED battery operated light.  Jackpot, Evan Designs popped on my screen.  This immediately gave me a smile because I was beginning to see my vision come true.  Take a look around their site because you may find pieces for a project.

Next, I placed my order for a package of LED lights for my flameless craft candle.  Lighting is accomplished.

lighting kit and an old bulb for my diy
lighting kit close up for the décor DIY

Putting an Idea Together for a Flame for This Easy DIY

Step 3: Light Using an Old Flame for the Outer Shell

Next, I knew I wouldn’t be happy if I didn’t have a flame for my flameless candle project.  So, because, we designed our home with an outlet under every window for window candles all year round I had my solution. 

Because we have window candle lights all year round, we have frosted candle flame shape bulbs at all times.

lighting kit parts and old bulb for the How To Make Flameless Candle DIY

So next, my husband took an old bulb out to the garage and snapped the bottom piece off to leave me an opening for the battery operated candle.

Exactly what I need to add a flame to my flameless décor DIY project. I’m over the moon happy at this point. My plan is really coming together because I now have my flame for my simple rustic candle.

light bulb and pliers How To Make Flameless Candle DIY
pulling the tip of the end of the light bulb
light bulb after the end is removed for the How To Make Flameless Candle DIY
showing the drill bit in the light bulb to, remove filiment
showing a new bulb next to a bulb with a hole on the end for my DIY

Incidentally, if this project is inspiring you, then you may enjoy this Christmas sign project and this beautiful easy Christmas wreath project.

Painting My Candle DIY

Step 4: Adding Old White Paint

Painting and adding character to the flameless candle base for my simple DIY is next.  Using Old White chalk paint, I painted three light coats on the wood base.  I used an artist’s brush for this step.  When painting with chalk paint using a good quality brush, painting in the same direction and using light coats is the best way to avoid streaks on craft projects. 

It’s particularly important not to be impatient in between coats because the end result will not be smooth.

painting the base of my DIY

Adding Character to My Candle Project with a Hot Glue Gun

Step 5: Adding Hot Glue for Wax Drips

Next, adding more character to my battery operated DIY craft project, I used a hot glue to add drips resembling wax. 

Because I wanted fake wax drips my hot glue gun seemed to be the best answer this step for my easy craft. 

Here, I began adding drips of glue gun starting at the top of my painted candle base. 

I glide the point of the glue gun downward to the length of the drip desired.  During this step remember when adding drips, it’s best to work on a section and layer at a time.  Because drips on a real candle are not all the same, I made some drips longer and shorter.  This makes the drips on my DIY candle look more realistic. 

adding hot glue to the base to resemble real wax drips on the décor candle DIY

Also keep in mind, when burning a real candle, the top tends to get a buildup of wax.  On the top of my DIY candle base, I added thin layers at a time of hot glue to get a realistic and rustic look. I did this in small circular layers.  Hot glue dries rather quickly so this truly didn’t take long.

painting the drips on the candle DIY to blend

After the wax drips are added to my DIY candle project, I lightly painted them one coat of Old White paint.

Adding Light Brown Wax to Drips on My DIY Craft

Step 6: Light Brown Wax for Soot

Next, using a thin artists brush I begin adding thin layers of light brown wax to my flameless candle to resemble soot.  After reaching the desired look, using a lint free rag, I lightly rubbed the wax into the drips.

brown wax

Notice the flame bulb is temporarily in the candle. Doing this gave me the ability to know where to add wax to my candle.

Assembling the Décor Project 

Step 7: Put the Idea Together

Now that we have the flame, assembling the battery operated rustic Christmas DIY begins.  

Next, we slip the wire up the furniture leg and carefully pull the bulb out the other side. 

adding the the light to the candle for the How To Make Flameless Candle DIY
pulling the light bulb through the opening of the candle DIY
showing the light up close for the flameless candle

To prevent the wire from slipping out the bottom we simply added a small piece of duct tape to secure to the bottom of my easy battery operated DIY candle project.

duct tape to hold the wire in the candle base

Adding the Empty Flame Bulb to the Top of My DIY

Step 8: Placing the Flame Bulb on Top

Now, we place the empty flame bulb over the LED light.  We pushed it into to the opening from the drill to secure the flame for my candle. 

adding the empty bulb over the LED light for my rustic battery operated candle
showing the How To Make Flameless Candle DIY lit

After this, I added a bead of hot glue to secure the bulb to my DIY.

adding the glue around the bulb to hold it in tightly
showing the DIY before decorated


Lastly, here’s my flameless candle DIY on display. 

Finished candle sitting on dishes and small pinecones.  On a tray surrounded by dried orange slices and a small Florentine  picture.  Small crown and frame behind sitting on books.

Sitting on antique dishes surrounded by small white tipped pinecones and various vintage pieces I own and love. 

I’m over the moon happy with this easy candle DIY project.  It’s easier than I ever thought. 

cnadle sitting on small curved dishes.   Small pink crown leans on the piece with walnuts and pumpkin stems.

Stay tuned I have another shorter furniture leg.  A flameless votive candle may be made in the near future.

battery operated candle with orange slices, pinecones, small dishes and a white scence plate behind leaning

So, the next time you see couch legs grab some and make this rustic Christmas candle.

By the way, don’t have furniture legs. A wood closet pole from any home improvement store will work. These are inexpensive and allows for different sizes of battery operate candles for home decor.

Do you think you will try how to make flameless candle DIY? I’d love to read your thoughts about this fun project! Happy crafting!


How To Make Flameless Candle DIY

How to make your own flameless candle
Prep Time5 minutes
Active Time30 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Keyword: christmas crafts, decorating idea, diy,, easy craft, easy craft ideas, holiday
Yield: 1
Cost: $5


  • drill, old flame lightbulb, glue gun, glue sticks, good craft paint brush, LED battery operated craft lights link in post


DIY Flameless Candle
Items Needed:
  • wood closet pole from any home improvement store
  • white chalk or craft paint
  • good quality craft paint brush
  • LED  battery operated craft lights – link is available in post
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
Step 1
Cut closet pole to desired length.  Since closet poles are long cut you can make many of these flaemless candles.  The lights are inexpensive and easy to use so take advantage of the length of the pole and make yourself a few of these Flameless candles.
Drill a hole through the center of the candle base you cut from the closet pole this is where the light wire will slide through
Step 2
Paint candle base with white paint.  3 coats is needed to cover well.  Let dry
Step 3
Heat glue gun and grab glue sticks.  Once hot apply drips to the candle base to look like wax drips.  Begin at the top of the candle base and drag your glue gun downward.  Make different length drips and layer the lengths to give it the look of wax.
Step 4
Get base of bulb ready with a drill to open the bottom.  As shown in the post pictures
Step 5
Put light kits together and slide the wire up the center of the candle base.  Use a small piece of duct tape to keep wire stable over the bottom hole on the candle base
Step 6
Add a dot of glue carefully to the base of bulb and add to the top.  This keeps the bulb stable
Add hot glue in a circular motion to the top of the candle base to resemble wax as shown in the post above
Step 7
Add light brown wax or watered down brown craft paint lightly to the drips to look like soot
Final Step
Add to dispaly in your home.  If you would like to see examples checkout my Pinterst boards for different display ideas
This is an easy and inexpensive way to make flameless candles.


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30 thoughts on “Flameless Candle DIY

  1. Cindy, I do believe you are the most creative person I know! Your rustic Christmas candle turned out perfect. Your entire vignette is beautiful! I hope you have a wonderful week sweet friend!

  2. LOVE this, Cindy! At first I thought this was one of those vintage plastic candles. (I have one) But this is so much prettier being wood. Great idea, especially the wax on the sides. Pinned!

  3. This looks amazing, Cindy! I love how you made the wax drippings with hot glue…it looks so realistic. Now you can enjoy the look of a lit candle without worrying about it being a fire hazard. Pinned!

  4. DYING OVER THIS RIGHT NOW, Cindy! You are the most creative person I’ve ever met. I cannot get over this post. It doesn’t even look like a table leg at all. I don’t know when your best selling craft book is coming out but count me first in line. Yet another post of yours I’m loving and pinning! Hugs, CoCo

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