Tealights can create ambient lighting for your home and garden. You can make tealight holders for the garden by recycling small tin cans or glass baby food jars. You can make hangers for both types of containers and suspend the tealights from tree limbs and shepherd hooks in the garden or from window sills and doorways inside your home. Create a hanging tealight display along the border of your patio with varying hanger lengths to add design interest to your ambient lighting.
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Things you need
- Small soup cans
- Duct tape
- Acrylic paint
- 1/8-inch metal drill bit
- 22-gauge craft wire
- Wire cutters
- Round nose pliers
- Glass baby food jars
- Viscous craft glue
- Flat-backed glass beads
- Measuring tape
- 4mm centre drilled beads
Remove the labels and thoroughly clean a small soup can, inside and out. File the inside rim to remove sharp edges. Cover the inside rim with a strip of duct tape.
Paint the outside of the soup can to coordinate with your outdoor decor Acrylic paints hold up well in exterior conditions. Let the paint dry.
Drill 1/8-inch diameter holes opposite each other, 1/4-inch below the rim of the soup can. These are the holes for the hanger.
Drill 1/8-inch diameter holes all around the soup can in a random pattern. These holes will allow light from the tealight to shine through the tin can. You can use a larger drill bit and make fewer holes, if you like.
Cut a strip of 22-gauge craft wire twice as long plus two inches as the desired length of the hanger.
Insert one inch of one end of the wire through one of the hanger holes on the soup can. Shape the wire into a loop inside the can using round nose pliers. Repeat this step with the opposite end of the wire and the remaining hanger hole.
Add the tealight and hang the soup can lantern.
Hanging Tin Can Tealight Holder
Prepare the glass baby jar by removing the label and cleaning the jar inside and out.
Glue flat-backed glass beads to the outside of the jar to add decoration. Cover the jar completely with the beads, or attach them in a random pattern. Viscous craft glue works to hold the glass beads; you can also use clear waterproof construction adhesive if you plan to use the tealight holders outside. Let the glue dry.
Measure the circumference of the baby food jar; double the measurement. Decide how long you'd like to make the tealight hanger; double the measurement. Add these two measurements together. Cut a length of 22-gauge craft wire to this length.
Hold the centre of the wire beneath the top rim of the baby food jar. Wrap each side of the wire around the baby food jar. Bend the wire at a 90-degree angle on each side of the jar.
Thread 4mm centre-drilled beads onto each strand of wire; leave two inches bead-free at the end. Twist the ends of the wire together to secure the hanger.
Add the tealight and hang the decorative glass holder.
Hanging Glass Baby Food Tealight Holder
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