Thursday, May 15, 2014

Witches Stitches - Peat Pot Tea lights

I was in our local hardware store last week and I saw peat pots. They were a little larger than the ones I usually see, and only $1.49 for a package of 6, so I picked up a package. I love the size and shape of them and thought they would make great…something or others. LOL
I decided to make little tea light candle holders out of them. Before we go any further I want you to know these are NOT meant to be used use with real candles, of any kind, in them. You must use the battery operated tea lights only. Raise your right hand and repeat after me, “I will only use battery operated tea light candles with this project”
Step 1 – Paint your little peat pots any color you choose. I used regular craft paint, let it dry. Paint a second coat. Let it dry.
Step 2 – Find a graphic you like and print it out. Glue it onto the side of the pot.
Step 3 – Cover pot and graphic with a clear wax like Johnson’s paste wax. Let dry about 10 minutes.
Step 4 – Cover the pot with a coating of dark wax, Min Wax makes a really good one, now before it dries wipe it off. Be careful not to rip your little pot. After you rub off the dark wax let it dry for an hour. Now buff it out with a clean rag.
Step 5 – Put some Spanish moss inside the pot and place the candle in on top of it. (You can paint the candle base so it is not so white).
I did a red, white and blue one, but you can do anything on the pot you want. These would look great placed along the mantel, on a windowsill, or tucked into a corner of a little shelf or cupboard. You can make ones that are shabby cottage chic by not using the dark wax, or you can make them look like pumpkins at Halloween.
Hope you enjoy and make some of these great little tea light holders and remember DO NOT USE REAL CANDLES! Enjoy.