Doilies and tea lights are two inexpensive items that when combined, can add a touch of elegance to any room. We found this very cool crafts project to create doily tea light holders that are about as easy as it gets and can make your next dinner party look like the Ritz!
- Plastic wrap
- Glasses (pick something that is big enough for the tea light)
- Disposable bowl
- Tea lights (can be real, but you may want to use flameless candles for better safety)
- Stiffy (fabric stiffener)
To Make the Tea Light Holders:
- Cover glasses with plastic wrap
- Empty bottle of Stiffy into the bowl (don’t worry, whatever you don’t use can be put back into the bottle to use again later)
- Cover the doily completely in the bowl filled with Stiffy
- Remove the doily from the bowl and squeeze (DO NOT WRING IT OUT) the excess liquid from the doily
- Place the doily on the bottom of the glass and press it firmly against bottom to make sure it is completely flat
- Sit the glass with the doily down and raise the sides of the doily up, then make pleats in the doily (think lampshade)
- Once you have created the shape you like, allow the doily to dry overnight
- Repeat this process for all doilies
- Return access Stiffy to bottle
- The next day, remove the doilies from the glass and place tea holder inside
Because of the elegant look, these tea light holders are perfect to jazz up a dinner setting during the holidays or for that special romantic night. They would also work great for weddings to set the table apart from every other setting your guests have seen at weddings they have attended.
One note of caution… if you are going to use actual tea light candles, make sure you have the doily opened up wide enough so the flame does not hit the sides of the doily. For this reason, you should not use regular tea lights if these are going to be placed outside or in a windy area that could blow the flame up against the doily. If that is your intended use, we suggest flameless candles.
Photo and Craft Tip Courtesy of Crafts by Amanda