In this broadly electric world, candles are of little necessity. Most are artisticlly made and used mainly for decorative purposes. Although, their lack of usefulness has not stopped them from being popular and making for wonderful craft projects for kids and adults alike. Candles have always symbolized celebration, soothed the senses, defined ceremony and have been a great way to add festivity to a party or romance to a room. They also make for fantastic gifts.
Stained Glass Candle
Stained glass has been used as an art form for many years to accentuate the beauty of light. One way to copy that effect is by decorating a clear glass jar with thin colored tissue paper. This is great tea light candle project that kids can easily do alone. Take several pieces of colored tissue paper and glue them to the outside of the jar. Create a pattern or contrasting color design for an interesting effect. These look very similar to a stained glass window when lit from inside. Paint another coat of glue over the paper and let dry. Place a tea light inside and your candle holder is complete.
Beach Candle Display
A great kid-friendly tea light craft can be made easily using an old CD, glue, sea shells and sand. These look really great as part of a center piece for a beach themed party or for a cute touch to a sea shell decorated room. Scatter a few sea shells on to the CD and glue them in place. Using a paintbrush, coat the CD with the craft glue
and sprinkle the sand over the CD until the surface is covered. Set a tea light candle in the center and place in a safe spot for admiring. For some added glamour these also look nice with a sprinkling of glitter mixed in with the sand.
Tea Light Luminary
Tea light luminaries, the still popular descendant of lanterns, are a beautiful accent to a pathway and make for a simple craft project for any age. Made in the most simple form from a small paper bag and a tea light, they make for a glowing statement when placed in the right atmosphere. For a distinctive luminary, stencil and cut a design on to the bag. Try writing a letter on each bag to spell the name of someone special. Leave the design open or cover and tape colored tissue paper from the inside for some added color. Fill the bag with sand and place a tea light inside.
On a small paper lunch bag, or gift bag create a design on the outside of the bag using a pencil first and then cut with scissors or a razor blade. You can leave the design open or for added color, you can cover the cuts from the inside using colored tissue paper and a little glue. This creates pretty colored windows when the bag is lit. If available, you can also try using a decorative hole punch along the top of the bag for added effect. When finished decorating, fill the bag a third of the way with sand or kitty litter. This will prevent the bag from blowing away outdoors or knocking over. Place tea light inside and light the flame using a long handled lighter. Enjoy.
- Photo Credit tea lights image by citylights from Fotolia.com empty glass jar image by vadim kozlovsky from Fotolia.com cd image by Thierry Hoarau from Fotolia.com red paper bag isolated over white background image by Anatoly Tiplyashin from Fotolia.com
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