19 delightful ways to use the humble tealight

19 delightful ways to use the humble tealight

Have you recently picked up a bumper bag of tealights and wondering what to do with them? Worry no longer, I have found 19 delightful ways for you to use your metal or LED tealights around the home.

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1. Seashell candle

Get yourself some seashells from the seashore.
Get yourself some seashells from the seashore.

These candles will look particularly beautiful in the summer and they're the perfect way to use those special shells you picked up at your last beach holiday. Follow the instructions at diyLouisville.blogpost.co.uk to make your own. Arrange them with other found treasures on your holiday to create a mini memory display.

2. Citrus tealight candle holders

A warming sight!
A warming sight!

Got a lot of citrus fruits knocking about? Make some stunning candle holders out of them. For instructions on how to do this, head to wikihow.com. They would look great at a party or as a table decoration on special occasions.

3. Eggshell tealights

What a way to brighten up your room.
What a way to brighten up your room.

These are especially perfect for Easter, although they're just so pretty I'm convinced they can be used at any time of year. See how you can make your own stunning Eggshell tealights at littleInspiration.

4. Cook shrimp tempura & fried shrimp


Only joking, leave this sort of cooking to the professionals at MiniatureSpace! Thanks to Expert Home Tips reader Jodie for alerting us to this adorable clip.

5. Apple tealight candle

An easy way to use the humble tealight
An easy way to use the humble tealight.

An apple a day can light your hallway. I know that's not really the saying, but these apple tealights will look lovely as a side table decoration or bobbing in water. Don't worry, DIYprojects.tips has all the steps so you can create one yourself.

6. Festive tin can lights

Christmas, hurry up so I can make these!
Christmas, hurry up so I can make these!

This is a great way to re-use old tin cans. Follow the instructions at peaGreenBoat.com to make some. This idea is not just for Christmas - try your hand at different designs for every season. I think they would look perfect on a summer evening spent relaxing in the garden.

7. Washi Tape

Washi tape, you're just so cool.
Washi tape, you really make anything snazzy.

I'm a HUGE fan of Washi Tape and have already done this a few times - it's a quick and effortless way to jazz up a tealight. Try mixing different designs or line up the same designs all in a row.

8. Wine glass lamp

Stylish and easy-to-do.
Stylish and easy-to-do.

It's not so much a case of if I try to make these cute wine glass lamps, but when - they really have caught my eye and look super-easy to set up. For instructions and templates, head to wonderfulDIY.com. I think they'd make unusual table decorations for a dinner party or outside on a summer night dining al fresco.

9. Pumpkin candle holder

Autumn colours.
Autumn colours.

These are very sweet and will make a cheap table-setting for US friends if you're hosting, or going to a Thanksgiving meal. Find out how to make them from 26yearOldGrandma.wordpress.com.

10. Pistachio Shell Candle Holder

Grab some copper paint now!
Grab some copper paint now!

After you've munched on a tasty pile of pistachios, paint the shells a lovely colour and grab a glue gun to create this beautiful tealight holder. A metallic paint will help reflect the light, so take this into consideration when you're buying the paint.

11. Birch Wood candle holder

Such a stylish way to display a tealight.
Such a stylish way to display a tealight.

A perfect Christmas candle - or even a perfect homemade Christmas gift, this Birch Wood candle would make a wonderful addition to any room. Check out oleanderAndPalm.com to see how it's made.

12. Frosted jar tealight holders

Frosted glass - magical.
Frosted glass - magical.

Jen from boho-weddings.com has made her own Frosted jar tealight holders which will look wonderful at your wedding, ceremony or as table decorations. You can find out more jar ideas for tealights and other items in Anushka's 57 exciting ways you can transform empty jars.

13. Vanilla coffee

You can almost smell it now...
You can almost smell it now...

Grab a bowl, fill it with coffee beans and add a vanilla scented candle for this simple lovely-smelling candle. The heat of the candle will help the coffee beans to produce a wonderful scent.

14. Tealight Heater

Try it out for yourself!
Try it out for yourself!

Save some money on your heating bill by making a tealight heater for your living room. Find out how to make one using this video by ICEEUVisualks at youTube.com. Tealights you little beauties!

15. Drink can lanterns

Reminds me of paper lanterns... but sharper
Reminds me of paper lanterns... but sharper

What a brilliant way to re-use an empty drinks can! Turn your old pop or beer can into a lovely lantern for your humble tealights, by following the instructions at theStar.com.

16. Paper flower candle holder

Easy!
Easy!

This is one for the kids to have a go at too - grab some paper and scissors and start cutting. You can find the instructions on how to create this at instructables.com. Grab an LED tealight and hey-presto, you've got yourself a gorgeous paper flower candle.

17. Spoon tea light holder

 Rustic.
Rustic.

What a novel idea for your home - a vintage spoon mounted on a wooden back board which you can purchase at lovedIn.co.uk. If you're feeling productive then why not try making one all by yourself?

18. Write a message

Awwwwwww you softie.
Awwwwwww you softie.

If you're feeling romantic then grab a bag of tealights and write out a message to your significant other. It's a lovely way start to a surprise romantic night in, follow it up with a home-cooked meal and a bottle of bubbles.

19. Tree log candle holder

This will look lovely on any table.
This will look lovely on any table.

Grab a sliced log that will comfortably sit flat on a table and carve some holes in the top, perfect for housing your tealights. It can be a natural looking table decoration, or it would look great on a window sill.

You'll never look at a tealight in the same way again! If you've got an idea you'd like to share that involves the humble tealight, let us know in the comments below.

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