Cheap Tea Light Holders

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Fancy some cheap tea light holders for lighting up your garden during the summer months?

Cheap Tea Light Holders (2)

I have to confess to a big birthday coming up, with a small get together planned. Having invited friends and family for a BBQ, I realised we have a zero budget for the event.. hence decorating the garden in a thrifty fashion!

Garden tea light holders

Create simple jam jar tea light holders.

You will need a tin of car spray paint, string, jam jars,  newspaper, and tea lights.
Thrifty Tea LIght Holders

Wrap string around your jam jars. Some of these jam jars have been wrapped with string, some with garden twine to create subtle differences.

string jam jars

Lightly spray two coats of paint. Be careful not to overspray to avoid drips.


Leave to dry for 24 hours, and unwrap the string.

Garden tea lights

Add your candles, light and enjoy your cheap tea light holders:) Anyone for a BBQ?

Jam Jar tea light holders

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Hope you have had a lovely creative week, and enjoyed time outdoors:)

Garden Tea LIghts


Thanks to the lovely Kate over at Crafts on Sea for the great photo tips. As usual I am popping by Handmade Harbour to see what everyone else has been up to this week:)



  1. June 1, 2014 / 7:28 pm

    What a lovely idea, thanks for sharing and I hope you have a very happy birthday.

  2. Amylouise5
    June 1, 2014 / 7:34 pm

    Thanks Lucy, it’s not for a while yet! 8 more weeks before a mid life crisis!!

  3. Chris Porter
    June 1, 2014 / 8:46 pm

    Great idea, Vicky – especially useful for marking steps and paths. It might be a useful trick to try for Christmas decorating, too – hmm?! Have a great week, Chris # 14 x

    • Amylouise5
      June 3, 2014 / 7:45 am

      Indeed 🙂 Or round the wood bruner in summer evenings…

  4. June 1, 2014 / 8:50 pm

    Lovely tea-lights Vicky – would be good to take on holiday too and just dispose of at the end!
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    • Amylouise5
      June 3, 2014 / 7:45 am

      I guess citronella candles for when camping? 🙂

  5. June 1, 2014 / 9:00 pm

    Thanks for sharing this great idea. They look very Pottery Barn like. I hope you have a great party!
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    • Amylouise5
      June 3, 2014 / 7:44 am


  6. June 1, 2014 / 9:09 pm

    These are lovely honey. Love the photos. I am trying to have a revamp of mine but totally out of inspiration. Your candles would be great for garden parties or weddings! so pretty! xx
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    • Amylouise5
      June 3, 2014 / 7:44 am

      Thanks, glad you like the pics – waiting for dusk and trying to capture the candles before it was too dark etc..!

    • Amylouise5
      June 3, 2014 / 7:43 am

      You are very welcome:)

    • Amylouise5
      June 3, 2014 / 7:42 am


  7. June 2, 2014 / 8:46 am

    What a brilliant idea. Have a wonderful birthday when the time comes xx
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    • Amylouise5
      June 3, 2014 / 7:42 am


  8. June 2, 2014 / 2:42 pm

    I love these! We always seem to have issues when we have evening parties as we have a large garden with lots of different areas and not enough outdoor lighting. Many tea light holders are too flimsy but these look very sturdy. They are definitely going on my summer holidays craft list; my youngest should be kept nicely entertained for a while making these with me. Thank you for a brilliant idea.
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    • Amylouise5
      June 3, 2014 / 7:41 am

      Excellent, always good to have activities to occupy the kids:)

    • Amylouise5
      June 3, 2014 / 7:40 am

      Silver will be lovely and sparkly:)

  9. June 2, 2014 / 7:10 pm

    What a gorgeous idea….thanks for sharing. xx

    • Amylouise5
      June 3, 2014 / 7:37 am

      You are very welcome:)

    • Amylouise5
      June 3, 2014 / 7:37 am

      I’m going to work out how many jam jars one spray can can do… not thrifty for one..!

    • Amylouise5
      June 3, 2014 / 7:36 am

      I noticed quite a few jars in our recycling, although we save them all….!

  10. June 3, 2014 / 11:57 am

    These are so cute, such a clever idea. We usually have jars waiting to be recycled so this craft is ideal for us. pinning to my garden board :-)#tuesdaytutorials
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  11. June 8, 2014 / 8:44 pm

    They look fantastic and so simple to make. I could do with them in my new garden. Thank you for linking up to #ThriftyThursday

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