Monday, 22 September 2014

Tealight Lanterns

I am sooooo pleased with how these tealight holders turned out, as they were just made on a whim …..
lace tealight holder. craftsLace effect tealight holder
I’d found a few empty coffee jars in the staffroom at work and thought Halloween ….. but I thought I might be able to do something a bit more special else with a couple of the Douwe Egberts ones as they are such a lovely shape and have a plain top as they have a stopper rather than a screw top.
lace effect paperThen, a voice in my head reminded me of some lace papers that I know I have had stashed away, untouched, since I bought them at least ten/twelve years ago …… if only I could remember where …… after about 15mins I found them, if my idea worked they would be perfect ……….
lace tea light holderI cut a piece of each paper to fit each jar, and then sprayed it with a little adhesive spray and gently eased it round each jar as carefully as I could praying that it wouldn’t tear …….
lace tealight holder……… but, despite it’s fragile appearance the paper was quite robust . Once in place I then painted the paper with a layer of PVA. This was when I started praying as it all looked awfully thick and lumpy …. I knew that PVA dries clear ….. but I hoped the delicate effect of the paper wouldn’t be lost.
lace tea light holder..lace tealight holder..
It wasn’t …… but no matter how I have tried to take a “decent” picture, none  do justice to the finished effect, made subtly sparkly by rubbing translucent micro glitter all over just after they felt dry, and miraculously it stuck.
Lace effect tealight holdersI then added some fluffy rustic twine round the top with a mother of pearl button, I am so, so, chuffed!


tilly said...

what stunning jars, I have some vellun which would work like this I think......... Hmmmmmmm

SueF said...

Beautiful - and I bet they look really stunning in real life xx


Suze Bain said...

These look really lovely, will make gorgeous little gifts for Christmas. X

Sandies' Patch said...

These are lovely!
I might add the sparkle in with the glue ( I use a pva glue) and apply it before putting on the lace or paper lace.
I once decorated a candle holder from Ikea by using glass paint and sprinkling on the glitter before the paint dried, it's still on!
Wish Ikea would sell those particular candle holders again!
Will have to do a post about it now!

karen paulmonkey said...

Lovely,hope it's ok to copy??

jc2711 said...

Wow Helen, these are stunning. I really like them :)

Jackie and Bob

Cheryl W said...

These are truly lovely! You have the most amazingly creative mind!

Mrs B said...

Hi Helen. Playing catch up today so I have just left comments on the last 3 posts, love them all :)
The jars look gorgeous. I love the shape of the Douwe Egberts jars. You have reminded me that I have some lace printed vellum that I was given that would work a treat like this. I hope you don't mind if I have a go.
How much would you have to pay for these I wonder? Only the other day I saw some tiny tea light sized plain glass holders with a small hessian/burlap heart cut hanging from a piece of string and they were charging £3.99 for them!!!
Have a good day. Take care.

marc said...

just to fab for words big love marc