Open flame candles can’t be used everywhere, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create the same awesome ambiance with battery-operated votives. Start by cutting open a cardboard tube from toilet paper or paper towels. Place the votive at the top and hot glue the tube closed around it, forming the pillar. Next, use the hot glue gun to build up the glue around the top of the pillar, letting some drip down the sides of the tube. Paint the pillar black and then pull out the plastic flame so that you can also paint the top of the votive insert. Replace the flame and you’re ready to display your wonderfully wicked-looking black pillar candles.