Tealight Crafts


Tea lights are small, circular candles often used as votives. They are encased in plastic or metal covers, which allow them to a candle holder or lantern easily. Tea lights are often used in crafts because they are small and easy to use to decorate jars, boxes, bags, sea shells, dishes and other containers. In addition, many people add scented oil to tea lights, which add an extra aroma to the atmosphere.

Tissue Paper Tea Lights

  • Buy a decorated stamp from a craft store. Stamp the image on white tissue paper. Use scissors or a circle punch to cut the image out and make a hole in the center of the circle. Thread the tealight's wick through the center of the stamped tissue paper. Use a heat gun to adhere the tissue to the wax. Use tweezers to hold the tissue paper in place so it will blend evenly with the wax.

Beach Tea Light Decorations

  • Paint the inside of two large sea shells. Place the sea shells inside a a large dish along with two starfish or sand dollars. Place two tea lights in the middle of the sea shells to make a centerpiece. For bedroom decorations, use a wooden jewelry box. Fill the bottom with sand or small sea shells. Add three tea lights to the center and place them in a bedroom.


  • Purchase self-standing white or brown paper bags. Decorate the bags with markers, crayons, paint or, if you prefer, cut out designs in the bag using scissors. Once decorated, open the bag up and place two cups of sand at the bottom of the bag. The sand will act as a base so the bag will not tip over or blow away. Add a tea light to the sand and light it up. Flameless tea lights may be the safest option if you are putting the bag outdoors. The luminaria should brighten up your evening. Decorated jars or jars covered with tissue paper can also be used as luminarias.

Tea Light Centerpieces

  • Buy ribbon that will look nice with your linens and dishes.measure the height of the base of your tea light candles and purchase enough ribbon or lace to cover the outside of the tea light candles. Wrap transparent double-stick tape around the outside of the tea light holder. Press the ribbon or lace onto the tape and trim any excess ribbon. Use a dish or box to stack the tea lights on top of one another or place them in a circle with fruit such as cranberries as a garnish. Place the dish with the candles in the center of the table. In addition, place single ribbon-wrapped tea lights around the table to create a more romantic, intimate atmosphere.

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