Vintage Tea Candle Holders

These are so easy to make and they look great on my dresser! You can make as many or as few as you would like; four ended up fitting perfectly for my room. These also make great gifts or table center pieces.

You Will Need:

  • 3 to 6 Clay Saucers (the bottom part that goes under a potted plant and catches water– they are only $0.89 each at Michael’s, and I grabbed the smallest size)
  • 3 to 6 Tea Candles (depending on the above)
  • Flat Paintbrush
  • 1 Can Spray Paint for Base (fast drying, ultra-cover Metallic Alumium by Rust-Oleum works great from Home Depot)
  • 1 Color Acrylic Paint for Top Coat
  • Drop Cloth

STEP 1: Spray Saucers

Put down your “drop cloth” (a Trader Joe’s bag is totally acceptable) and spray one side of the saucers. Wait for them to dry completely, flip them over, and spray the other side. May need 2 coats.

STEP 2: Top Coat

Take your flat brush and dip it in the paint. Before applying to the saucer, dab it off a few times. Getting rid of excess paint allows for the streaky, vintage look. Also, older, bristle-y brushes work best for this, since they are already somewhat frayed at the ends.

When applying paint, go lightly at first to make sure you have the right amount of paint. If it gets too dry, dip it back in the paint and blot, as needed.

Go around the outside of the rim first, and wait for it to dry. Then put paint on the face of the saucer.

*Note: For the outside of each saucer, I dipped & blotted about 3-4 times, and for the inside, I dipped and blotted about 2 times. However, it really depends on the individual and how much paint you like and how much coverage you want.

STEP 3: Dry & Add Candle!

Let the paint dry completely, then put the tea candles in, light, and enjoy!

OTHER COLOR IDEAS:

  • Gold Base + Red Top Coat (oooh, romantic)
  • Silver or Gold Base + Black Top Coat
  • Silver or Gold Base + White Top Coat
  • White Base + Black Top Coat
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