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{paper mache tea light}

paper mache tea light from {nifty thrifty things}

Ever since I started working full-time, I haven't really found much time anymore to craft with my mom..

A few weeks ago, though, we had her over for dinner and crafts. Well, while the hubby made dinner (yummy tacos), my mom and I got crafty. The perfect evening! ;)

paper mache tea light from {nifty thrifty things}

We (tried to make) made paper mache tea lights. Well, tea lights (plural), turned into tea light (singular).. Out of the 6 tea lights we made, only one survived.
That's nothing new to me and my mom, though. We fail at crafting from time to time, hehe.

We learned from our mistake and rescued one of the tea lights. The problem was, that we didn't use anything to prevent the paper from sticking to the glass..

What you'll need:

  • paper
  • wallpaper paste
  • a bowl or glass
  • gold leaf
  • gold leaf adhesive
  • a brush

paper mache tea light from {nifty thrifty things}

How to:

  1. Mix the wallpaper paste.
  2. Tear the paper in small strips.
  3. Important (where we messed up ;) ): Use Vaseline and cover the bowl or glass to make sure the paper doesn't stick to it too much.
  4. Adhere the paper strips to the glass or bowl. Apply two to three layers.
  5. Place the glass or bowl in the microwave. Check every few seconds to see if it tried.
  6. Remove from microwave & use oven mitts to take off the paper mache top.
  7. Let cool off.
  8. Brush on gold leaf adhesive to the inside of the paper mache tea light.
  9. Carefully place the gold leaf sheets on the adhesive covered parts, covering the whole inside.
  10. Use a soft brush to brush off the excess gold leaf.
  11. Optional: Paint the outside with chalk paint.
  12. Place a tea light inside and enjoy the cozy light. :)

 

I'm partying here! ❤

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45 Comments

  • Reply
    monsterscircus
    Tuesday February 26th, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Oh wonderful tealight! Sound so much fun to have some crafty time with your mom! I ejoy those moments too,. Thank you for the tutorial, I love the gold inside, that really makes it stand out! lovely

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Wednesday February 27th, 2013 at 09:37 PM

      Thank you so much for your comment love, Mette! :)
      Crafty time with the moms really are the best!
      I hope you’re having a great week!
      Hugs, Vanessa

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    Wanda Ann @Memories by the Mile
    Tuesday February 26th, 2013 at 05:18 PM

    Vanessa,
    So pretty, love it. I love the crocheted seat cover too!
    xoxo
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

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    Jill
    Tuesday February 26th, 2013 at 08:49 PM

    This looks fantastic! I really like how the gold leaf makes it glow!

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    katie
    Tuesday February 26th, 2013 at 09:04 PM

    This is gorgeous!!!

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    Mary Beth @ Cupcakes and Crinoline
    Tuesday February 26th, 2013 at 09:58 PM

    Vanessa ~ this is so lovely! I found you through Carolyn’s Homework and would like to invite you to link up at Project Inspire{d}~ http://cupcakesandcrinoline.com/2013/02/project-inspired-link-party-4-and-some-new-faces/

    I hope to see you there!

    Mary Beth

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    Vivienne @ The V Spot
    Wednesday February 27th, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    So pretty!

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    Suzy Myers
    Wednesday February 27th, 2013 at 02:27 AM

    Very pretty! I love the addition of gold to make it glow!

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    Dan (the monster-man) Reeder
    Wednesday February 27th, 2013 at 02:42 AM

    Very nice.. Simple, but beautiful.

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    malia
    Wednesday February 27th, 2013 at 04:05 PM

    Absolutely gorgeous Vanessa! Sharing on FB. Have a great day!

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    Carol ( Answer Is Chocolate)
    Wednesday February 27th, 2013 at 04:27 PM

    These are stunning!

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    Letters and Lace
    Wednesday February 27th, 2013 at 05:56 PM

    This is a sweet little tea light….the one that survived is a wonderful color! Lisa

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    Ellya Brill
    Thursday February 28th, 2013 at 06:04 AM

    Hello,
    Just to stop by to say hello. I found you through Plucky’s Blog Hop. This is so pretty !

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    vanessa
    Thursday February 28th, 2013 at 03:06 PM

    Hi, Vanessa

    I found your lovely blog on Whim link party. I had to stop by to see my name sake. LOL, enjoyed looking around your lovely blog and I am a new follower. Love for you to stop by http://www.diy180.com

    Vanessa

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Friday March 1st, 2013 at 10:31 PM

      Thank you so much for your comment-love, Vanessa! Love the name, btw. Hehe
      I hope you’ll have a fabulous weekend!
      xo! Vanessa

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    loulou
    Thursday February 28th, 2013 at 07:53 PM

    I’m sorry they didn’t all turn out because the one that did is very pretty indeed! Must be fun to get together with your mom for crafting.

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Friday March 1st, 2013 at 10:33 PM

      Oh, thank you so much, Loulou! :)
      We were really disappointed to have messed up the other tea lights, but where happy to rescue at least one.
      I hope you’ll have a great weekend!
      xo! Vanessa

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    Mary Beth @ Cupcakes and Crinoline
    Thursday February 28th, 2013 at 09:36 PM

    This is so lovely ~ the color, the texture, the glow ~ thank you so much for sharing at Project Inspire{d}!

    Have a fabulous week,

    Mary Beth

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    Jessi @ Practically Functional
    Saturday March 2nd, 2013 at 06:38 AM

    I LOVE this! The gold is perfect for spreading and softening the light!

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    Brenda @ChattingOverChocolate.blogspot.com
    Sunday March 3rd, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Absolutely gorgeous, Vanessa! Well done! Thanks for sharing … pinned ;)

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    Hollie @ I'm Busy Procrastinating
    Sunday March 3rd, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    The tea light is so precious! Love the colors you chose, too.

    By the way, did I tell you that we’re vacationing in Germany this summer? Will most likely be flying into Frankfurt or Dusseldorf, then driving over to Berlin. Lots to do there, then over to Prague. From there, we’ll head back into Munich, with day trips to Salzburg and Dauchau.. Then we’ll head over to the Romantic Road, staying overnight in Rothenburg, then back up to our departure city. If you have any suggestions of places we must visit along those routes, let me know!

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Wednesday March 6th, 2013 at 09:25 PM

      Thank you so much for your sweet words, Hollie! :)

      I remember you telling me about your plans. It’s getting closer now! How exciting! :)
      How long will you be traveling? You already have a lot of fun stops planned on your route! I am sure you will love your vacation!

      Have a wonderful week!
      XO! Vanessa

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    Christine
    Monday March 4th, 2013 at 01:31 PM

    Oh wow Vanessa!! That looks like to much fun to make!

    Thanks for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer last week. Can’t wait to see what you link up tomorrow evening! Have a great day!!

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    Randi - Dukes and Duchesses
    Saturday March 9th, 2013 at 02:30 PM

    Natasha, I love that crocheted seat cover! Did you make that?

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      Randi - Dukes and Duchesses
      Saturday March 9th, 2013 at 02:31 PM

      Um, Vanessa. :) Can I blame that on the fact that I’m still half asleep? :)

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        Sunday March 10th, 2013 at 08:49 PM

        Yes, you can definitely blame it on that. I feel like that every morning, hehe.
        The seat cover is actually my moms, which she made to fit that little stool. So cute! :)
        Thanks for your sweet comment!
        XO! Vanessa

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