I’m a candle hoarder. I’d love to tell you it’s because I’m from the Pacific. Having plenty of candles on hand is pretty high up the checklist when you get ready for storms. But I’ve not lived in cyclone-prone areas for years so that makes me a candle stasher. I WILL compulsively buy hundreds of tealights and make my own candles from time to time. I recently dug into my tealight box to try to find a way to make them less utilitarian! This DIY Tealight Candle Holder idea is very quick and all you really need is a bundle of raffia.
I would suggest you get some natural raffia like this one because these candle holders are all about the texture of braided raffia. Choosing a natural and neutral color will help highlight the texture.
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To make a DIY Tealight Candle Holder, you’ll need…
Step 1: Create a raffia braid
To start, separate a bunch of raffia from the bundle. If you want to make a trio of tealight candle holders at different heights, you’ll need at least 3 to 4 feet (90 to 120cm). Tie the strands together and clamp them down or hang them from a nail on the wall. Braid the raffia until you run out.
When you’re done, pinch the end of the braid and apply a line of hot glue. Let it cool down before pressing it between your fingers. This will prevent the braid from unraveling.
Step 2: Craft a ring from the raffia braid
Next, take your raffia braid and wrap it around a tealight to measure how much braid you’ll need to create a ring that fits around the candle. Cut the braid short and use your glue gun to join the 2 ends of the braid to create a ring. Hold the ring for a few seconds while the hot glue cools down.
Once the ring is ready, you can slide it around the tealight.
Step 3: For taller candle holders, stack the rings
If you want to create more candle holders, just create several more rings and stack them with some hot glue. For the medium size, I stacked 2 rings on top of each other and for the taller tealight holder, I stacked 3! Insert a tealight at the top of the candle holders and voila!
Stay safe: with or without candle holders, never leave your candles burning unattended!