Halloween Craft: Mummy Candle Holders

Halloween is almost here and I have a super fun, easy craft to share. I’ve been itching to make some Mummy Candle Holders for Halloween for a while now. They always make me laugh when I see them in magazines around this time of year.

Mummy Candle Holdersr Lit for Halloween Decor


I didn’t have a tutorial to go by, just gathered together the items that I thought I’d need: pint size mason jars from True Value, gauze, glue gun and some silly googly eyes.

Tip: When making these with children, you can use a fast-drying glue like Fabri-tac instead of a hot glue gun, unless you’ll be using a real candle inside. Then you’ll need to use a glue that’s non-flammable. I used flameless votives inside these.

While shopping for the eyes in a local craft store, I came across some soft, scraggly yarn that I thought would be fun to work into the project somehow. I bought several different styles of eyes since I wasn’t sure which ones would be my fave once I got to work.

Supplies to Make Mummy Candle Holder


The colorful eyes on the right are actually rings, meant to be a party favor. I liked the idea of adding a bit of color to my mummies instead of going with the typical black and white eyes. I only have one showing below, but this project actually took two small boxes of gauze (4.1 yards long each) so a total of 8.2 yards of gauze. The gauze was only $1.47 a box so it wouldn’t hurt to buy one more box since I barely had enough using two boxes.

Mummy Candle Holder Supplies


To make my mummy candle holders, I began by attaching the end of the gauze strip to the jar using a small amount of glue. Then I began wrapping the gauze around and around, trying to not be too precise or perfect about it.

Tutorial to Make Mummy Candle Holders 1


I stopped about 2/3rds up to hot glue on my silly eyeball. Since the eyes were a ring with the eyeballs close together, I pulled them apart, bending them down a good bit to loosen them up so they would stay apart.

Tutorial to Make Mummy Candle Holders 2


See how close together the eyes are in the package below–they are actually touching.

Mummy Candle Holder Supplies


Once I pulled them way, way apart, when I let go they were separated the distance you see below. You can leave them close together or spread them apart, play around with them to get the look you want. You could even cut them off of the ring and glue them on one at the time, making one lower than the other. I’ve seen that look with the standard black/white googly eyes and it’s hilarious!

Tutorial to Make Mummy Candle Holders 2


Next, I began weaving the gauze in-between my purple eyeballs. lol

Tutorial to Make Mummy Candle Holders 3


Try it different ways to see which way works best. There’s no right or wrong way with this craft, anything goes!

Tutorial to Make Mummy Candle Holders 4


Now that I think about it, cutting the eyes off the ring would probably make this craft easier because you wouldn’t have to worry about hiding the ring section, although the ring section does offer a bit of stability for holding the gauze out some. Plus, the ring kind of gives the mummy a nose underneath the gauze. Try it both ways to see which you prefer.

Tutorial to Make Mummy Candle Holders 5


After I had the gauze wrapped around my mason jar and eyeballs, I attached the end of the gauze with a small amount of hot glue.

Next, I started playing around with the fun yarn I had purchased. It was about this time that I decided to create a little mummy family. lol Mrs. Mummy needed a feminine touch so I gave her some flowing, curly locks.

To do that I cut the yarn the length I thought worked best (about 5-1/2 to 6 inches) and hot-glued strands of yarn along the top of the jar as shown below. I continued gluing on the yarn, filling in around the back of the jar.

Once I had all the hair strands glued on, I added one long piece of yarn all the way around the top of the jar to give it a nice, finished look.  I added a bit more up front, creating some waves atop Mrs. Mummy’s forehead. Note: If you’ll be using a real candle inside your candle holder, make sure the glue you use is non-flammable. Fabri-tac would not work for gluing on the hair if you use a real candle inside.

Tutorial to Make Mummy Candle Holders 6


May I present to you, Mr. and Mrs. Mummy and their son, Mummy Junior. (Hee, hee)

Mummy Candle Holder Craft for Halloween


Since I gave Mrs. Mummy a fancy hairdo, I decided inserting a real candle inside might not be such a great idea. We don’t need a flaming mummy! So, I placed a small, flameless votive candle inside each holder, instead. The votives I have are fairly old so I’m sure you can find much brighter ones available now, but this should give you a general idea of how they look lit up at night. Fun, fun, fun! 🙂

Mummy Candle Holder for Lit Halloween


Are you all ready for Halloween? Do you get many Trick-or-Treaters where  you live? I love this time of year and love seeing the cute faces and the fun costumes each time the doorbell rings.

Mummy Candle Holdersr Lit for Halloween Decor


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  1. So cute! I actually bought the supplies to do this recently…but still haven’t gotten around to it!

  2. So cute Susan!!

    We don’t get any trick or treaters at all. We’re too remote and there’s hardly any kids in our community. We are having a community party tomorrow night though. I think you’d enjoy our costumes ;).

    • Oh, I bet they will be hilarious! We used to have a custume party every year and those were the best parties with non-stop laughing from beginning to end. My son and dil sent me pics of how they dressed this year for two parties and they were a hoot. I never would have recognized them. They won first place at both parties they attended. lol

      • pam ~ crumpety cottage says

        Oh, how fun! They must have come up with some really good costumes. Would they let you share pics? And I would love to see little Court in his costume too, but I understand if they don’t want to show him off. Gosh, he is so cute I could just squeeze him.

  3. How cute!!! I will have to make these for Colleen! WE are going there to take her out. Mommy and I will take her and the guys will stay home to give out candy. Happy Halloween!!!

  4. pam ~ crumpety cottage says

    What a funny and simple project! I can’t wait to have grand-kids! Anybody got any I can borrow? Haha.

    I didn’t realize you could get flameless votive candles. I do love my large flameless pillar. It works perfectly for certain scenarios, but I didn’t realize you could get the small ones. Great to know. Thanks! Fun idea.

  5. Hi, Susan! I love your ” Mummy Family”! I will definitely try this next year. Thanks for sharing…..Rosie

  6. Cute idea! Not crafty here at all, but will share this with my nieces. ‘-)
    Happy Halloween!

  7. Adorable! What a fun craft this would be to do with children. I wish mine weren’t so far away in OH! Thanks for sharing. These would look fabulous on one of your wonderful Halloween tablescapes. =)

  8. Good morning! Spent the night in Atlanta after having dinner at One Eared Stag. Disappointed Scott’s is not open but that means we will get to Houston a little quicker!

  9. Marlene Stephenson says

    These are really very cute,not even really scary,this is the kind i want to haunt my house! lol Thanks Susan.

  10. Janet Rountree says

    I made these today just in time for Trick-or-Treating! They are so cute & add such a festive glow to my foyer! Thanks for such a fun idea!

  11. Oh Susan, these are so darn cute! I am definitely going to put them on my To-Do List for one of my grand-daughter’s class room Halloween projects for next year. (For the past two years I have been providing her Kindergarten class of thirty children with supplies for at least one seasonal/holiday project, so I am always on the look out for new ideas and hopefully her grade one class won’t be as large …. LOL!) Thanks so much as I am sure they will be a big hit. BTW, HAPPY HALLOWEEN.
    Warm hugs -Brenda-

  12. bobbi duncan says

    Susan, I just love your mummy family! Can’t wait to make them next year. So wish my Grandson and due in Feb. Granddaughter lived nearby so they could enjoy my little crafts, and even help Grandma make them. We get lots of Trick- or- Treaters here…love to see what the kids come up with for costumes each year.

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