How to Make Tea Light Candle Holders

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How to Make Tea Light Candle Holders
Create simple holders for your tea lights. (burning candle image by Gina Smith from

Tea light candles can create soft, romantic lighting for your home. Scented varieties can release pleasant fragrances into the air. Due to their small size and aluminium housing, tea lights can fit almost anywhere and rarely drip wax that can damage surfaces or clog candle holders. There are many ways to make tea light holders, but fire safety should always be a primary concern.

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Things you need

  • Baby food jar
  • Sand
  • Tea light candle
  • Coloured copper wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Flat file
  • Round-nose pliers

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  1. 1

    Fill the bottom of a glass baby food jar with 1/2 inch of sand. This insulates the bottom of the jar and keeps it from heating too much, thereby protecting the surface you set it on and surrounding the flame with a fire marshal-approved nonflammable substance.

  2. 2

    Press a tea light candle into the centre of the sand until the bottom 1/16- to 1/8-inch is buried. This helps keep your candle centred even if the surface your holder is on vibrates.

  3. 3

    Cut various lengths of coloured copper wire, available at craft stores, and file off any sharp ends left by the cutters. Wrap the wires around the jar's neck for decoration. Curl the ends into spirals and other shapes, as desired, and press them flat against the sides of the jar.

Tips and warnings

  • In addition to copper wire, you can use other heat-resistant materials to decorate your tea lights such as metal charms, sea shells or coins.
  • Make sure the brand of baby food jar you use has a wide enough mouth for your tea lights. If not, jelly jars and custard cups make good substitutes.

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