Pottery Barn Halloween Votives {DIY Knock-Off}

Halloween is just about a month away, so this means it’s time to think about all those spooktacular things you can create to decorate your home. We don’t have many trick-or-treaters, nor a Halloween soiree, so I tend to keep my Halloween décor minimal, chic and no fuss. But, this doesn’t mean I don’t thoroughly enjoy the things I do make.


Last year I made spider web votives, and this year I spotted some votives I love from Pottery Barn. Problem is…I don’t love the price tag. Never fear, Monica is here with a version that is so easy and inexpensive. Chances are you have most everything you need already, and if you don’t it’ll cost about $1.50 per votive if you have to run to your nearest Walmart & Dollar Tree.

Let’s do this.



-Vellum (Vellum gives the frosted appearance of a candle, and individual sheets are about 20-cents at craft stores.)


PDF Template (Created by yours truly…you’re welcome!)

1 LED Tealight (They’re 2 for $1 at Dollar Tree, which is where I bought mine)

-Votive/tealight holder (I have a TON on hand, but if not, they’re 50-cents each at Walmart or Amazon)

-Scissors/paper trimmer

Double-sided tape (Regular could work, too)

Total Cost: ~$1.50 each

Savings: $8 per candle holder or about 80% each

Time: Should take no more than 5 minutes per votive holder

Step 1:

Plop your vellum into your printer, and print out the votive templates. Cut out each votive using scissors or a paper trimmer.

Step 2:


Now we want the appearance of beefier candle holders, just like the PB version. So, grab a piece of double sided tape, and add it to one of the ends of your wrap. Circle the other end over and press until you have a nice cylindrical tube of sorts.

Step 3:

As you can see, my sleeve is quite larger than my votive holder (which still has candle wax in it…oh well!) This will create the “look” and this is also why we are using LED tealights and not real tealights that could catch on fire and burn your house down. Don’t be cheap; get the LED tealights!


Plop an LED tealight, upside down, into each votive holder. Like this:


Not only does this actually illuminate the design by forcing the light to the middle/bottom, it also means you don’t have to flip each one over to turn them off. Just reach, switch it to off, and move on. Easy peasy.

Step 4:

Place sleeve over the glass and place wherever you want some mood lighting.


So easy! This seriously is a super simple craft that packs a lot of punch, without worrying about creating a fire hazard.


But, if you want some classier backgrounds instead of black, I got ya covered.

Here’s moroccan skeleton head:


And damask skeleton head:


And if your pair all of them together, you have yourself quite the trio.


So, at a savings of over $8 per votive holder + super easy directions= FAB, nearly free décor.

Hope you enjoy the free printable, and if you make any please send me pics! I’d love to see how you all use the printable. Would also make for good napkins rings!

What’s your favorite décor for Halloween?



  1. CameoLeigh
    September 24, 2012 / 7:41 pm

    Super cute idea and super easy, my kind of craft!! Will have to add these to my halloween decor. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Marisa Hopkins
    September 25, 2012 / 12:27 am

    LOVE them. My kids will love this craft!!

  3. angela
    September 27, 2012 / 2:37 am

    Great idea, I've added them to my Halloween to do list. Thank you!

  4. sunshinegirl
    September 27, 2012 / 6:51 pm

    Thanks Monica. This is so cute I shared on pinterest.

  5. Anonymous
    September 27, 2012 / 9:22 pm

    These look great! I love yours more than the original and the little LED lights are genius.xx Tanyahttp://aciddreamsandsugarhighs.blogspot.com/

  6. Morena Hockley
    September 28, 2012 / 10:04 pm

    Awesome idea!!

  7. alicia
    October 5, 2012 / 3:57 pm

    Yours look way better than the Pottery Barn ones! You could sell them for $9.50, too 🙂

  8. Unknown
    October 21, 2012 / 12:50 am

    Love the idea. Would be super cute for an evening wedding. Different print of course!

  9. Minta's Creations
    October 28, 2012 / 7:34 pm

    Love these! You did an awesome job and look way better than the originals…

  10. Lacy Dean
    September 17, 2013 / 8:24 pm

    So cute! I like your version a lot better than the originals. And since I am discovering this a year later, I doubt that Pottery Barn even has these anymore. Thanks!