Cheap Tea Light Holders

June 1, 2014

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:)


30 comments so far.

30 responses to “Cheap Tea Light Holders”

  1. Lucy Blossom says:

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

  2. Amylouise5 says:

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

  3. Chris Porter says:

    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

  4. Lovely tea-lights Vicky – would be good to take on holiday too and just dispose of at the end!
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  5. Lilly's Mom says:

    Thanks for sharing this great idea. They look very Pottery Barn like. I hope you have a great party!
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  6. Jen says:

    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 says:

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

  7. Oooh i love these, what a great idea! thanks for sharing! x
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  8. Christina Maroc says:

    These are great!
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  9. Gertie says:

    What a brilliant idea. Have a wonderful birthday when the time comes xx
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  10. Frazzled Mum says:

    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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  11. What a wonderful idea! We have some silver spray paint in the shed….I’m going to make some of these one evening. Thanks!
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  12. Sarah says:

    What a gorgeous idea….thanks for sharing. xx

  13. Ohh these are great, really thrifty and effective. Mich x
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  14. Emma T says:

    Love these. so simple but effective. Now I just need to save up some jars before the OH bins them!
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  15. Louisa says:

    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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  16. What a simple, elegant result!
    Thanks for sharing at #Pintorials 🙂
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  17. Gina Caro says:

    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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