From the November/December 2012 issue of CuttingEdge Magazine.
Sometimes trying to find the perfect seasonal decor within your budget seems futile, not to mention time consuming. Being a crafter means even though you might have the money to purchase the items, you earn the satisfaction of making it yourself. That’s where the real fun is!
Here is a step-by-step tutorial for making your own battery operated tea light holders. Please make sure you use only battery operated tea lights with this project; otherwise, you could start a fire. I’m sure you all knew that though. 😉 These holders could also serve as a wrap for the taller flameless candles. The size and design possibilities are endless.
Cut Files: (base, leaves, scrolls, and lettering) Lettering Delights; Cardstock: (clear) Vellum, (brown) Vinyl; Tools: Boss Kut Gazelle, Make the Cut software, transfer tape.
- Cut out round base in slightly bigger than the circumference of your candle (use the side length as a guide, you want your candle to fit snug).
- Glue base together making sure the teeth go to the edge of the circle to ensure your candle will fit.
- Design your wrap in your favorite software program. Make sure the circumference is slightly bigger than the candle for adhesive purposes.
- Place vinyl on mat and cut out your designs. Cut your vellum the same length and width as your vinyl.
- Weed your design. When you are finished, place transfer tape onto vinyl.
- Carefully peel backing off vinyl and place evenly onto the vellum.
- Roll vellum into a cylinder making sure it is slightly bigger than the candle.
- Glue along edge lengthwise.
- Slip into base you made earlier.
- Drop in the tea light and enjoy the soft glow!
Tips: Use larger bases to get a fuller, less bullet-like look. Stack smaller tea lights on top of each other to fill up a taller holder.
The Inspired Room