Tealight candles are wonderful items to keep around the house. Of course, they provide some light in the event of a power outage, for example, or when the need for sparkling mood lighting arises. But tealight candles are much more useful than that.
In fact, tealight candles were originally used to keep tea warm. The teapots were placed above the bases where the tealight candle burned and the heat from the candle kept the tea warm. Hence, “tea” light. Teapot warmers are still on sale and still work great.
Well, a world of creative minds have gotten to work on the tealight since then, and all sorts of fun discoveries have been made. With a little know-how, tealight candles can do wonderful things that are sometimes beautiful and even potentially economical.
1. Mason Jar Lantern
Rather than just using the tea light as is to provide soft lighting, we can repurpose old glass jars to make lovely lanterns. It can be as simple as putting a tealight candle on a jar and setting it on the table. With a little wire, they can easily be transformed into pendant lights. Some people like to paint the jars and make designs for interesting shadows.
2. Air freshener
Combined with a little essential oil, tealight candles also make wonderful air fresheners. Oil could be poured directly onto the candle to do this. Or, an old jar lid containing essential oils and water can be hung over the tealight to provide fragrant, room-filling vapor. Another popular option is to put a tea light in a mason jar or bowl of coffee beans.
3. Auxiliary heating
Using a tealight candle is one of the most popular ways DIYers can create a space heater. These are a clay flower pot, some tea lights, a fireproof object for the lights to sit on, and an object to lift the pot from the ground above the tealight candles. This provides a few degrees of heat in a small space, but sometimes it’s enough to keep pipes from bursting.
4. Tealight candle
Burning tealight candles involves fire and therefore produces heat. When this heat is concentrated, it can be used for cooking. One candle won’t boil food, but a few candles together might. There’s a pretty cool way to open a box of something, cut the box open to make a tea light candle, and fire the contents on top of the candle. They are also perfect for enjoying a fondue.
5. Tea candle holders
Another way tealights are awesome is that we can turn lots of different things into holders for them. For example, a few holes drilled in a nice piece of driftwood can make a beautiful tealight display. The quilled paper can make pretty holders for tealights. Many people will put them in wine glasses or martini glasses. It just adds a little spice.
6. Holiday decorations
It’s not uncommon to see tealights used in Halloween decorations, ie the Jack-o’-Lantern. They are also often part of Diwali celebrations. They can be more than that, however. Using mason jars and paint we can create snowmen or bright holiday scenes. We could paint the likeness of an American flag for the 4e of July. We can make all kinds of decorations, and it can be a fun project with the kids to put them in their minds.
7. DIY Tealight Candles
As fun as getting creative with store-bought tealights, make a few DIY tealights at home. This requires some candle wick (any thick cotton string), wax (can be wax from burnt out candles), and bottle corks or jar lids. Use a little melted wax to secure the wick in the center, then fill the cap/lid with melted wax and let it harden. Add a few scents to make it an aromatherapy tealight or insect repellent candle.
Tealight candles are extremely inexpensive, they don’t deteriorate or run out of batteries, and they’re definitely worth keeping around the house.
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