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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

EHC Project: DIY Tea Light Lamp

This month I took over the Presidency of my Extension Homemakers Club.  One of the things I'm doing is having a 'make and take' activity at the end of the meeting.  Something cute, fast, and inexpensive.  


The first project was this wine glass votive candle lamp.


I set up a table will all sorts of choices for their candle lamps.


You start by printing off the lampshade pattern.  You get it at:



I then used the paper pattern to make a cardboard pattern.


Just trace it onto your paper of choice.  The thicker the paper, the better it works.  My thin scrapbook paper was OK, the card stock weight was better.  Wall paper would probably be good, especially the textured stuff.


You can get two shades from one 12x12 piece of paper.  Once you cut them out, you curl it around and use a piece of double stick tape to secure the sides together.


The only other thing you need is a wine glass and a battery operated tea light.  Both of these came from Dollar Tree.  The tea light was 2 for a dollar.


There were several types of wine glasses at the store I visited.  Or you can use glasses you already own since the glass is not altered in any way.


You drop the tea light in like so...


And pop your shade on.


If you have deckle scissors, you can make a decorative edge.  Or put some trim around the edges.


You can even stack one shade on top of a contrasting shade.

This craft was a smash hit and only cost right at $2 each for all the supplies.

Great to add to a shelf or the dinner table when you have company.

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