Saturday, April 16, 2011

DIY Hanging Tea Light Holders

I saw some cute hanging tea light holders in a magazine but in the magazine they were hanging over a table. I immediately started to think how I could do it myself but it seemed too difficult to hang them over my table so I said to myself (out loud), "How can I make those in my place?" And my sister answered "in your window". Thanks for the idea, Linnea!.

So I did it and it was super easy! One trip to the hardware store, a few supplies and a few hours later...



Supplies: wire, wire cutters, tape measure, pliers (wire ones and larger ones)...


...chain of your liking (I used about 20 ft), hooks (I used six)...and oh yeah, votive holders (with a shape conclusive to being hung), and tea lights


I wrapped the wire around the votive holder for a rough measurement then removed votive holder and used the wire pliers to tightly wrap the wire around itself on one side.


I used the larger pliers to disconnect the chain and make six even pieces of chain. Then I strung the chain through the wire and used the wire pliers to wrap the wire around the other side (again, with the votive holder out).






To hang, twist hooks into the wall using tape measure if you want them spaced evenly. Then hang either at even lengths or different lengths. I went the different lengths route.




I love the warm glow candlelight gives off and this is a simple and easy way to add more to a room. Note: I would not suggest this if you have curtains! Fire hazard! (Maybe you should hang them over your table)

4 comments:

Barbara said...

So pretty Elsa! I'm loving this idea over our table . . we definitely want some kind of light but don't want to deal with cords showing. Do you have the website that showed an example of what it looks like over a table?

Elsa Johnson said...

I'm pretty sure it was from the April Martha Stewart but it wasn't my magazine so I don't have it to look back.

It was from a picture of an outdoor party or something where the lights were hanging over a table on a string attached to poles stuck in the ground...I think. Anyway, I guess it wouldn't be too helpful for indoor anyway but I think it would work to put small hooks into the ceiling to hang the lights.

A + R said...

They look great. I also found this and thought it could be the spring/summer version of the same look: http://www.homelife.com.au/home+ideas/galleries/flower+display+ideas,13729?pos=1#top

Elsa Johnson said...

oooh, very cute with flowers! I'll have to keep that in mind.

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