Did you know that the Romans used to decorate their Christmas trees with lit candles back in the day? We know that sounds like a health and safety nightmare today, but back then it was simply the done thing. Lucky for you, you can now create an LED tealight tree ornament, for safer festive fun!
Even though times may have changed, and we’ve all opted for a safer alternative to live fire, LED candles are still used as a simple yet effective decorative staple at Christmas. They bring a welcoming warmth in contrast to the cold winter setting, so we’ve pulled together this adorable tealight tree ornament DIY to show you how to embrace old traditions in a new and creative way.
So, get the festivities shining brighter than Rudolph’s nose this Christmas and try our latest DIY today using our battery powered LED tealights!
Things you’ll need to create your LED tealight tree ornament:
- Our pack of 6 battery powered tealights.
- A black Sharpie.
- Two different styles of festive ribbon.
- Black adhesive felt.
- Arts and crafts supplies (we opted for this selection from Amazon which includes pipe cleaners, googly eyes and pompoms).
- Hot glue gun.
1. Before you begin, be sure to test your tealights. Position your tealight so that the flame is facing upwards – this will be the snowman’s nose.Secure the googly eyes into place above the flame and draw four small black dots below the flame with the Sharpie to form the mouth.
2. To make the top hat – firstly, Measure the width of your candle to get an approximate length for the base and cut out a top hat from the black felt. Add a thin strip of ribbon using the hot glue gun to add some festive flare. Then, peel back the adhesive and secure it into place just above the snowman’s eyes.
3. To make the earmuffs– cut a strip of pipe cleaner long enough to go over the curve of the candle. Secure this into place using the hot glue gun. Take the smallest pompoms and attach them to the outer side of the pipe cleaner to create earmuffs.
4. To create the scarf- begin by cutting a piece of ribbon approximately 10cm in length. Glue a straight line across the back of the candle, being sure not to cover the switch. Then, secure the ribbon into place.
5. Once secure, turn over the candle and put a small dab on glue just under the smile. Fold the left-hand side of the ribbon over into the glue and press firmly to secure. Repeat this process for the right-hand side and create the scarf.
6. To finish, cut a piece of the alternative ribbon approximately 10cm long and secure both ends to the back of the candle, creating a loop.
7. Lastly, flick the switch and hang your frosty creations along your Christmas tree, as a result creating the perfect DIY snowy finish.
Why not get the kids involved and create something truly magical this Christmas? Let us know how you get on and share your creations with us over on Twitter or Instagram, using the hashtag #SharetheJoy. If you’re looking for more lighting and DIY inspiration to ramp up the festive cheer, be sure to head over to our Pinterest page today!