make this: wooden tea light votive holder
I was wondering the aisles of Michael's the other day (I swear, recently I've been there almost daily), and noticed they carry a bunch of flat wooden pieces that look like they're from real trees. The inspirational side of me would have rather cut these from a tree in my backyard. Seeing that my backyard is the MTA parking lot, there's not a lot of trees to choose from. Oh the woos of living in the City (jk!).
I've been wanting to do something with these wooden pieces for awhile, but I just wasn't quite sure what. I love the feeling of being in a cozy cabin, which is where a lot of inspiration for my apartment is coming from (hence this bookshelf). These wooden pieces bring that perfect kind of cozy atmosphere.
I was digging in my randoms drawer last week, and I noticed my 5 pound bag of tea lights. I had completely forgotten I had bought those in preparation for Hurricane Sandy. Obviously, they were not needed during Sandy, but I felt obligated to use them now.
And so a project was born. To be honest, this was the simplest DIY project I've ever done. I started and finished it in about 10 minutes on Sunday when I was recovering from our Ugly Sweater Holiday Party.
Supplies Needed: - Flat, wooden stand - Clear glass tea light votives - Hot glue gun - Tea lights
- After opening the stand from its' packaging, dust off the top so that it's clean and smooth
- Figure out where you want to position the tea light votives. I just eyeballed it, but if you are picky you can mark the spot with a pencil
- Glue your tea light votives to the wooden stand
- Repeat until tea light votives are done
- Put tea candles in the votive, light, and enjoy!
One thing I love about this DIY, besides the quickness and ease, is that after it's finished you can decorate it for any event, and you can use it in many different ways! I don't have a dining room table (I don't even have a dining room), but if I did, these would make the perfect center piece.