Tea Light Ideas Without Holders

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Tea Light Ideas Without Holders
The warm glow from a tea light warm's up a room. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Tea lights, which are small, round candles, are often plain and unattractive on their own and usually require a candle holder to dress them up. Commercial tea light candle holders can be beautiful but also expensive. Look around your home for items that will make interesting and memorable tea light holders. With a little creativity, you'll discover many ways to display your tea lights in style.

Fruits and Vegetables

While these tea light holders are not long-lasting, they are charming and inexpensive. Find an apple that sits upright without wobbling. Use a sharp knife to cut a circle slightly larger than the diameter of the tea light, then use a melon baller tool or spoon to scoop out the apple until the tea light lies flush when set inside. Use small pumpkins or other squashes in the same way for a festive, autumnal look.

China and Mirrors

Use tiny plates from a child's tea party set, or just your smallest saucers, for delicate china tea light holders. If you need more sparkle and reflection, set the tea lights on small mirrored tiles which can be found at craft stores. The mirror will reflect the light from the candle and provide a warm ambience to the room.

Old Candles

If you have a decorative candle that has been melted down but you don't want to throw it away, reuse it with a tea light. Cut the wax around the top of the candle's hollow until there is enough room for the tea light. If the edges are rough, use a taper candle to direct a flame to melt the edges smooth again. Fill the hollow of the candle with rock salt or gravel until there's just enough room for the tea light. Now your candle can be reused indefinitely, just by trading out the tea light as necessary.


Look in your kitchen for unusual candle holders, such as glass, stoneware and china items to use with a candle's open flame. Set a tea light in an old sugar bowl, tea pot or creamer. If the tea light sits too low, fill the container with rock salt or gravel until the candle's light can be seen. Other kitchen items that could be used include crystal wine glasses, tiny tart moulds or glass jars filled with coloured stones.

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