Introduction: Tea-Light Candle Holder

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This takes an old box and some slate off-cuts, which are both waste products destined to be collected by the trash men and gives them a new life as an attractive addition to any home :)

All this project will cost you is a hotmelt glue stick and a tea-light.

You require

Hotmelt glue gun
Old corrugated box
Craft Knife
some slate offcuts or a slate tile
Tile cutter

Step 1: Box Destruction + Measuring

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  • Dismantle the box
  • Measure the diameter of the tea-light, then add 5mm (40mm + 5mm = 45mm)
  • Measure and mark a grid onto the card with 45mm squares.

Step 2: Cut Strips of Card

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  • Cut long strips of card

Step 3: Cut Strips to Size

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  • Cut two strips 7 squares long
  • Sore the lines either side of the middle square on both strips
  • The idea is that the two halves overlap

Step 4: Glue Together

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  • Use the hot melt glue gun to stitch the box together, remember less is best
  • Eventually you will end up with a closed box

Step 5: Create Two More Boxes

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  • Make another box, 2 squares high
  • Make the last box 1 square high

Step 6: Cut the Slate Sides

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  • Using any type of wet tile saw cut the following
  • 4x  155x45mm
  • 4x  110x45mm
  • 4x  65x45mm

Step 7: Cut the Slate Tops

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  • Use the tile cutter to create 3x  43x43mm squares

Step 8: Assemble Tall Box

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  • Pre heat the slate in the oven to about 400C they only want to be warm, not hot
  • Clean any slate dust off
  • Add hotmelt glue to one side of the tallest box
  • Adhere the slate to it ensuring it is carefully centred with no overhang
  • Repeat on the other three sides
  • Add glue to the top and stick in place

Step 9: Assemble Medium and Small Boxes

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  • Repeat the process for the remaining two boxes

Step 10: Enjoy

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  • add a candle, wait for night, add fire............ then.........admire :)


jjone538 (author)2012-01-01

Thats Awesome Good Job!!

jonnyd55 (author)jjone5382012-01-02

Thanks :)

jjone538 (author)jonnyd552012-01-27

I Made One Its Great

jonnyd55 (author)jjone5382012-01-27

Cool.... Id love to see it. Upload an image into the comment text box :)

jjone538 (author)jonnyd552012-02-18

@johnnyd55 ok

jonnyd55 (author)jjone5382012-02-18

? I'm confused ?

foobear (author)2011-12-31

Like it. why do you heat up the slate? Just for the hot melt glue? thx

jonnyd55 (author)foobear2012-01-01

Yeah it gives you more time to position the slate before the glue solidifies

SIRJAMES09 (author)2011-12-30

and there is no chance of this slate getting too hot to burn the card??

I have a bunch of 2x2's(2 inches by 2 inches) laying about the place & was thinking about using them rather than using the cardboard....

what you think?? Yes? no?

jonnyd55 (author)SIRJAMES092011-12-30


2x2 is fine, it will be quicker to make as well :)

Card won't burn..... unless you want it too!

Cookie cat is V-cute.......just eats, sleeps and poops

SIRJAMES09 (author)jonnyd552011-12-30

don't all cats? lol

once in a while you'll get lucky & have a lap cat...I have never been so lucky in that respect tho...

As for the card, I didn't know that. regardless, still a lovely candle holder. :)

SIRJAMES09 (author)2011-12-30

OH! I forgot to mention, I love this idea!! I like the looks of it, and I bet my other half would love it too! :)

SIRJAMES09 (author)2011-12-30

I love your cat....

paganwonder (author)2011-12-30

Straight forward to build and elegant result- WIN!

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