Wednesday, March 30, 2011

hutch Idea of the moment

~ DIY Tulip Tea light ~

I'm always thinking of different ways to use these little battery operated tea lights around the shop.  They just make the perfect little warm touch here and there.  Since the Skagit Valley will soon be blooming with vast fields of tulips I thought a little tulip light would be well suited to our studio.  Best of all it's a repurposing project that utilize all those old magazines that collect all over the house.

Step #1- Collect magazine pages that have a certain color (your choice).  I'm making pink tulips.  Also tear out a little bit of "green".

Here is all that you need to make your tulip light.   Step #2-  With scissors cut the pink petal shapes approximately 2 x 3 inches.  You can do a straight cut along the base of the petals now or after they are taped together (your choice).  I also cut 2 or three thin leaf shapes approximately 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch.

Step #3- Using a pencil or dowel curl the petal pieces starting at the top of the petal.

Step #4- Place the petal pieces in a row 5 inches in length overlapping them slightly.  Place the green leaf pieces on top.  I hold them in place with a pencil.  I first made my strip 5 1/4" long but learned that it only needed to be 5".

Step #5- Using satin finish invisible tape, secure all petal and leaf pieces together along the bottom edge.  If you didn't pre-trim the bottom edge previously do it after this step.  Step #6-  Leave a slight overhang of tape at each end and wrap around the side walls of the tea light. 

Turn on the light and happy spring!


  1. Love that idea! I just did a post of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival-can not wait to visit again!


  2. This is so cool! And I've got plenty of magazines.. Terrific idea! We're gonna try..

  3. Wonderful! Will definitely do this for next spring/summer. I have found the dollar stores the cheapest place to buy these "candles". Thank you for all your ideas!


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