November 20, 2013

Tea Light Party!

photo copyright Karin Corbin 2013
Tea party with the girlfriends time. This project is just the right size for a Christmas crafting project to make at a party. They will make great hostess gifts at other parties or Secret Santa presents.

You will remember from my blog the other day if you remove the plastic flame from the top of the LED tea candle you can slip the led light up through the hole of the Tiny Village buildings. Look for Tealights with soft plastic flames as they are easy to remove and make sure the tealight has a flat top, not one of the wavy or dished or raised tops designs meant to simulate melted wax. Joanns carries some of those smooth flat top tea lights as does Pier 1 Imports.The Dollar Tree also has some but the battery is very easy to remove so it is not a safe LED tea light if you have young children around. The LED Tealights from Joannes require the use of a coin to remove the battery cover, the battery of the Pier 1 tealights requires a screw driver to remove.
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I am using Crafter's Pick "The Ultimate" glue for this project as it will stick to the plastic surface of the LED Tea Light. But if you don't want to directly apply glitter to your tea light you can cover it with ribbon or pretty paper. Or if you want to use a tea light candelabra for displaying a grouping of these buildings you don't have to do anything to the sides of the candles as they will slip down into the cups on the candelabra.

Assemble and decorate with paint and/or glitter and a snowy roof the Tiny Village kit building(s) of your choice. Remember that building #15 not work for this unless you cut some doors out of cardstock to close in the center tunnel of that structure.

To mount the house I made a cardstock circle of 1-3/4" diameter with a 1/4" diameter hole in the middle. I then cut a snowflake to overlay that first circle, it too has a hole in the center and I glued the two together. Then I added glitter to them.

Next I placed them on top of an LED Tea light, just temporary, do not glue to the tea light at this time. Glue was put onto the bottom of the building and it was slid over the LED and adhered to the snowflake circle. Press together with gentle pressure on the building until the glue grips. Let dry.

Now you can remove that assembly from the tea light so it is easier to work on. Next add trees and some snow around the base of the building and trees. My little trees in the project above are made from Wired Tinsel Ribbon. Just use scissors to shape the tinsel into a tree shaped cone. But use wire cutters to trim the center wire to length. If you want fuller trees double the wire back on itself and twist, twist, twist. Keep the bent over end of the loop at the top of the tree so tinsel does not come out the cut end of the wire and leave you with a bare tree top.

If you wish you can now glue this assembly to the top of tea light or use double back tape or adhesive dots to hold it in place. You can still access the bottom of the light for changing batteries.  I have set mine on top of a snow flake doily that I cut. For display I placed it  on the top of an inverted wine glass. Inverted glasses make simple and inexpensive risers and they will work nicely as a group display of multiple buildings by using varying heights. Display on a mantel piece, shelf or use as a centerpiece on your dining table.