How to make a coiled bottle insert for tea lights

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How to make a coiled bottle insert for tea lights
The mouth of the bottle or jar must be larger than a tea light candle. (empty glass jar image by vadim kozlovsky from

Turn a Mason jar or wide-mouth bottle into a candle holder by making a wire insert for a tea light candle. Tea lights are small candles about 37 mm (1 1/2 inches) in diameter and 16 mm (5/8 inches) high with aluminium holders. This wire insert fits around the tea light and hangs from the jar or bottle's mouth. The tea light candle will be secure inside the bottle away from wind, so it is not as likely to blow out. It also makes it easy to replace the candle.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Ruler
  • Craft or utility wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Pliers
  • Tea light candle
  • Wide-mouth bottle or jar

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  1. 1

    Measure the height of the bottle or jar. Unroll the wire to double this length and cut with the wire cutters.

  2. 2

    Hold one end of the wire to the side of the tea light candle and curve the wire around the candle. Make four turns around the tea light candle with the wire, creating a coil.

  3. 3

    Take the candle out of the wire coil. Shape the coiled wire into a more elongated shape, forming a "nest" for the candle to sit in. Put the candle back in the coil as reference for the coil's shape. Use pliers to shape the wire.

  4. 4

    Bend the straight end of the wire up, with the coil at the bottom.

  5. 5

    Fold the last 50 mm (2 inches) of the wire end. Slightly curve this folded end to create a hook to hang over the mouth of the bottle or jar.

  6. 6

    Insert the tea light candle into the coil. Light the candle. Carefully lift the wire insert and place it into the bottle or jar. Rest the curved end on the mouth of the bottle.

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