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How To Make Colorful Tea Light Holders

Posted by Kim Dellow

Add a bit of atmosphere to your art studio with these DIY colorful little tea light holders! You can make them using an old jar and enamel paint.

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Hi, it's Kim Dellow here and today I'm going to share DIY tea light holders that are going to look great in your studio or your house especially if, like me, you love color! This is a project you can do yourself or get your kids to do, all you need is some old glass pots or jars. I've used a small jar that just fits one of the Darice LED tea lights but you could easily do this project using a larger glass pot or jar.

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Here Is What You Need to Make Tea Light Holders:

  • Liquitex Glossies Acrylic Enamel Color Aqua BLLQ2002032
  • Liquitex Glossies Acrylic Enamel Color Magenta BLLQ2002029
  • Old jar washed and dry
  • Darice LED Tea Lights BL297882
  • Sulyn Glitter 0.6oz - Disco BL249300
  • Bamboo Skewers 12" 100/Pkg-Natural BL159792
  • Mixing pot, e.g. foil pie dish
  • Hemptique - Bakers Twine Spools - Black/White BLHQBTSBLKW

Let's Make A Tea Light Holder

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Stir the Liquitex Glossies Acrylic Enamel Color well with a bamboo skewer then place some in a mixing pot, like a foil pie dish. Add a little bit of water, but make sure you don't add more than a quarter of the volume. You want the paint to be pourable but not too thin.

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Sprinkle a few pinches of the glitter onto the inside wall of the glass jar then pour in some of the paint from the foil dish.

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Rotate the jar to allow the paint to spread and cover some of the inside. Use a bamboo skewer to help tease the paint over the jar wall if you need. Don't cover all of the inside at this stage because you want to add more color to your tea light holders.

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Now mix another color with some water in a foil dish and add a little bit more glitter to a clean part of the inside of the jar. Pour in the new color and rotate the jar again to let the paint spread and cover the tea light holders.

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Repeat with alternate colors until you have covered the inside of your tea light holders. Stand the jar open end face down on a piece of paper or kitchen towel and let the paint drip out. Then after one to two hours, turn the jar right way up and let it dry overnight.

If your paint is very diluted, you may only want it to be upside down for an hour or less. If you need to, add more paint to cover the neck of the jar.

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Once your tea light holders are dry, wrap the neck with the baker's twine and tie into a bow, then add a Darice LED Tea Light.

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The Liquitex Glossies Acrylic Enamel Colors are wonderful for these DIY tea light holders! Pick two colors that you know are going to mix well; the Aqua and Magenta gave a lovely purple color where the two paints mixed. If you aren't sure, try mixing the two colors you have picked on spare paper first.

Thanks for popping in.

Kim Dellow