These tealight holders are an absolute cinch to make, but they look so gorgeously whimsy – we’ll be making them en masse for a special someone’s wedding coming up in January.
We used doilies from the Miss Bunting shop in silver to match our bride’s colour scheme. Other than that, you’ll also need:
- PVA – the clear drying stuff
- Cling film
- Cooking oil spray
- Rubber gloves – optional
You’ll also need several bowls: one to place upside down as a mould – think larger than a coffee mug, smaller than a cereal bowl. Grab another shallow bowl you won’t mind mixing PVA and water in.
Wrap cling film around the outside of your bowl, place upside-down mould and spray with a little oil. This is simply to make sure nothing gets stuck and you can pull the doily tealight vessel away from the mould easily.
Mix a little water in with the PVA – a ratio of around 3 parts PVA to 1 part water. Immerse a doily completely in the mixture and then mould around your upside down bowl. You’ll need to make folds in the doily in order for it to mould flush against the bowl. Repeat as necessary until the outside bowl is covered, overlapping each doily as you go. Depending on the size of your bowl, we used 3 doilies per tealight holder.
Leave to dry overnight, then the next day, brush with a generous layer of PVA (straight from the bottle, not the diluted version). Dry overnight again and for the best result, repeat this last step once more to create a rigid shell. Leave to dry compleltely.
To remove from the mould, gently pull the cling film away from the bowl, and pull the cling film from the lining of the tealight holder.
Make sure you don’t make yours too small if you intend on placing tealights in them as the heat from the tealight can make them curl up!
And remember never to leave any candle or naked flame unattended.