tea light candle gift idea the kids can make

Tea Light Candle Gift Idea Kids Can Make

This post is part of my 10 Week Christmas Planning Series. Click here to read more posts – Christmas Planning 2013.

My daughter will be attending a different school next year and she was keen to make Christmas / farewell gifts for her friends before the end of the year.

Inspired by this post we came up with a simple tea light candle gift idea. We made them over a number of days. At a guess I think my daughter would have spent around two hours or so making them herself with minimal guidance from me.

To make the painted tea light candle holder you will need:

  • Small glass tea light holders. We bought ours from IKEA, a set of four for $1.99
  • Spray paint colour/s of choice. You can only buy spray paint in Victoria from hardware stores.
  • Masking tape
  • Newspaper
  • Tea light candles
  • Glass cleaners
  • Noodle boxes for packaging

The first step is to line the inside top of the tea light holder with masking tape. Make sure you have the masking tape go on the edge of the holder and slightly onto the outside, to prevent the holder from being hit from any wayward spraying.

We painted our holders outside and put newspaper down to protect the area from paint. Shake the spray paint well and make sure you have the can a reasonable distance away from the tea light holder. Spray a generous amount of paint in the inside of the tea light holder.

If you find there is an accumulation of paint at the bottom of the tea light holder, swirl it carefully around to give an even coat.
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I recommend only doing one coat. On one of the first ones my daughter did, was a bit patchy so she went back and resprayed it. The spray paint didn’t go on very well the second time and was very bumpy and messy looking.
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Allow them to dry overnight. Once completely dry, carefully remove masking tape. We used glass cleaners then to shine up the glass and remove all the finger prints.
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Place a tea light candle in each holder.
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My daughter thought noodle boxes would be a great way to package them up and they fitted perfectly into a medium sized box.
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Now ready to deliver to her lovely friends!
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Have you or the kids been making any gifts recently?