Creative Ideas And Uses For Tea Light Candles April 01, 2016 14:30

Where does a tea light get its name? Well originally, they were used in teapot warmers to maintain the temperature of tea.

Here at Designsbynn, some of our most popular products include tea light candles. We probably all have lots of these lying around at home, for use at parties or whenever we want to create a bit of ambient lighting.  

There are lots of things you can do with tea light candles, which don't involve warming tea! Here are some creative uses for tea light candles:


Make your own decorative candle holders

Decorate a tin can by piercing holes in a pattern of your choice. Or add jewels and decorations to a simple glass jar, for an inexpensive candle holder that looks a million dollars.  


Create garden lighting

Place tea light candles in flower pots or mason jars, to create some mood lighting for your garden party. Our Sunset Soiree tea lights would be perfect.

Sunset soiree tea lights


Keep your food warm

Many restaurants use tea light candles to keep your food warm, after it is served. This is most common in Indian and Asian cuisine.


Decorate the outside of tea light candles

Using different coloured or patterned sticky tape (available from craft stores).


Make your own scented candles

 Cut the top off any type of citrus fruit, and scoop out the flesh. Insert a tea light candle, and voila! The citrus scent will soon fill the room.


Use candle stands

Use varying heights of tea light candles to create a visually stunning lighting effect.


Go natural

Drill holes into a sliced log, to create your very own rustic table centerpiece that will keep your guests talking.


Wall art

You can buy a range of wall art pieces from most DIY shops now, which allow you to add tea light candles. For some extra pizzazz you need a boldly designed tea light such as our Tropical Disco

 Tropical disco tea lights


Trick or Treat

Tea lights are great to use for halloween lanterns for kids, or you can make your own autumn-inspired pumpkin lamps.


Bring the outdoors in

Create a display with fresh garden flowers and tea light candles. Either pick your own flowers from the garden, or use shop-bought ones.


Make a pathway

Have tea lights along a pathway or corridor to create a romantic effect. This could be used at a wedding or party, or even at home to create a surprise for your husband or wife.


Spell a name

It could be the name of your lover, or a simple message, such as "I Luv U" You'll need a lot of tea lights for this, so we recommend one of our packs of 20, such as Rangoli Madness 

 Rangoli madness


Build your own heater

In case of a power cut, you can build your own heater out of nothing more than flower pots, tea lights, and a loaf tin. Find out how


Wine glass lamps

Place a tea light inside a wine glass to create an easy display for your dinner table. 


Give the illusion of more candles

By placing mirrors behind your tea light candles, it will look as though you have twice the amount!


Create a romantic atmosphere

 Scatter tea lights around the room, or place in glass jars or candle holders to create some romantic mood lighting. Your partner will surely be impressed. Our Queen of Hearts tea light set are ideal to convey the romantic theme.

Queen of hearts tea lights


Have a spa day

Place tea lights around the room, or use in an oil burner with some soothing lavender oil. Then give your partner a sensual massage.


Eat Fondue

Tea lights are great for keeping things like fondue warm. You don't have to limit it to cheese though – the possibilities are endless. Try dipping marshmallows and strawberries into melted chocolate!


Make them float

Tea light candles will float in water, so get creative using your imagination. A big glass bowl works well, or even tall glasses filled with flowers or beads then topped up with water.


Unwind in a relaxing bath

Make it even more special by adding your favourite scented oils and placing tea lights around the bathroom.


Make a chandelier

Get crafty and build your own chandelier using wood, wire, or whatever materials you can find. Add tea lights candles for the finishing touch. Our Divine Sparkle tealights would look divine!


divine sparkle tea lights


We have a range of different products to suit all occasions, and you can view the full collection here. All of our items can be personalised with a name or initial, date, or a personal message. You can also choose your own colours to match your home.

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