Hand make your own decorative tealight candle holders to showcase in your yard or home. Decorate the bags using paint, stencils, tissue paper or string to create inexpensive, yet elegant luminaries that will brighten your surroundings. It is a simple craft project that can be turned into a family activity for both children and adults.
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Use coloured or brown paper bags to create hanging tealight candle lanterns. These lanterns can be hung from tree branches in an outdoor garden or near a patio to provide light for outdoor events. Punch a hole in the centre of each thinner side of the bag, 2 inches from the top edge. Fill the bottom 2 inches of the bag with sand. Thread one end of a piece of ribbon, twine string or wire through each hole in the bag. Tie a knot in each end to secure it to the bag and form a handle. Place a tealight in the bottom of the bag and hang the lantern from its handle.
Use stencils to draw various shapes such as stars, leaves, birds or butterflies on the two wide sides of a paper bag. For personalised luminaries, trace your initials on the side of the bag. Add a single shape to the centre of the bag or multiple shapes in a balanced design around the bag. Place a piece of cardboard inside the bag and use a craft knife to cut the shapes out. The more shapes you cut out, the more light will escape from inside the bag and the brighter your luminary will be.
Sponge Painted Bags
Make colourful paper bag candle holders with texture by sponge painting the outside of the bag. Use a white or cream coloured paper bag and select a darker colour of acrylic paint. Cut up a dry sponge into 3-inch squares, circles, stars, octagons or hearts. Dip the dry sponge in the acrylic paint so the entire surface of one side is covered. Dab the paint covered sponge on a scrap of paper to remove excess paint and then dab the sponge repeatedly over the surface of the paper bag. Let each side fully dry before painting the next. Place a lighted tealight candle in the bottom of the bag and enjoy the textured shapes of the illuminated bag.
Stained Glass Holders
Use tissue paper to create a colourful stained glass effect in your tealight candle bags. Trace and cut out large rectangles, triangles and squares from the sides of your paper bag. Glue various coloured pieces of tissue paper inside the bag over the shapes. Alternate the colours to create multicoloured panes. Place an electric or lighted tea candle in the bag to create coloured beams of light. Fold the top of the bag down and staple shut to cause more light to emanate from the tissue paper panels; use electric tealights for this method.
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