Saturday, July 21, 2012

Tealight Candle Holder

        I was excited to read about the "The Great Glitzy Craft-Off" or is it "The Great Glitzy Hack-Off" in a recent blog and decided to give it a try. I love Z Gallerie (although I've never been there). I often look at it online to see what interesting and fabulous things are available to wish for or dream about. I, too, have thought about re-creating some of the great finds. I've been inspired by "Flower Plaques" in hopes of making them one day .  .  . but that's another story.  Anyway, looking at the pictures posted, I knew I could re-create the black tealight candle holder. This looks very similar to the plastic spoon napkin rings I had made some time ago. Yes, I can do this!

To make the flower tealight candle holder I gathered: 
Black Spoons
Small Glass Jar Candle                                       
Needle Nose Pliers                                                          
Glue Gun
LED Tealight Candle
Filter Mask (if not in a
 well ventilated area)
  WARNING .   .   .   . Do this in a WELL VENTILATED area, or outside or wear a filter mask!                                            
To start, take a spoon by the handle and hold the bowl portion side down over the flame of the lighted candle. Not too close or it will blacken or create a hole. You will begin to see movement of the plastic.  Move the spoon around the heat of the flame.  This is how you can shape the spoon into a "petal" using the needle nose pliers or your fingertips. You can bend it up or back or let it flop.  Visualize how a flower might look or look at a picture of a rose. Have fun shaping the soften plastic.  If it gets too hot, move it away from the flame and let it cool.  Once you've gotten the desired shape for all of your petals, hold each end of the spoon and place the curve part of the handle over the flame and pull the handle away from the petal.  For a cleaner finish, the handle can be cut off.  Leaving portions of the handle on can increase the size of the overall flower. There are approximately sixteen petals on the Z Gallerie tealight holder. So you would need to do this for at least sixteen spoons.

To shape the flower, begin by taking 2 petals and holding the handle ends over the flame until they soften, pushing them together (side by side). While still warm, press together (flatten) using your fingertips or needle nose pliers.  Be careful doing this, the plastic can get very HOT!!!  Continue melting the ends of each petal (one by one) to the first two until you've put together all of the petals (approximately six or more) for your base of the candle holder - the first layer.  Stagger the next petals over the first layer by placing and pressing just the melted ends into the center of the first layer, one by one. This is the second layer.  Now that the actual flower is formed,  you'll need to make approximately 5 or 6 short petals to form an enclosure for the tealight.  Before making the actual petal enclosure, place the tealight on top of the flower to judge where to place the petals. ( Very Important) 

Using the tealight as a guide, insert the melted ends of the petal into the flower to form an enclosure for the tealight. After the enclosure is formed, make sure the tealight is level and can easily be removed.  For a cleaner look, I glued a flatten round petal at the the base of the petals where the tealight sits.

                         I don' t know why the color looks different in this picture.

      Well, what do you think?   I think I'm on to something .  .  .    .   .

A Shout-Out to Sunny at Life in Rehab and  Lisbonthelioness over at Three bed semi for allowing me to join in and have fun!


  1. NO WAY!!! This is fantastic! You took the idea right out of my head, by the way. I wanted to do exact the same thing but couldn't find any black spoons, so I left it for next week. Heck, you saved me a lot of hassle with this amazing post/ SO COOL!!
    Stay tuned for the linky party- I'm really excited about your project!

  2. Oh that is fabulous! I love it and it turned out perfect! Thanks for the great tutorial and I'll see you next week at the Glitzy Link Party! Happy to be following you via GFC and looking forward to more!

  3. THAT is fabulous! I'm gonna need my A game here for sure! You are incredibly imaginative, and that looks just like the pricey holder at the store! BRAVO!

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