Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Tuesday Tutorial: Tealight Paperweights

Okay, so for today's Tuesday Tutorial, I dug this out of the archives on my blog (yes, I know I am using back to school paper and Halloween digis during February--please forgive me!!), but I hope you enjoy this anyway. 
These make really quick and inexpensive gifts-- what is better than that??
Glass tea light holders (mine came in a two-pack at Dollar Tree, you can also buy them singley at Wally Worls for 50 cents each)
Modge Podge (or another clear drying decoupage medium)
Nestabilities (or other circle cutting tool)
1¾” Circle Punch
Stamps and Ink


Decorative Paper (optional)

Step by Step:Keep in mind that the finished paperweight will be the tea light holder flipped over.
Step 1:Stamp image or sentiment that you wish to be in the foreground.
Cut that image out with the smallest Nestie. Mat with a circle cut with the 1-3/4" circle punch.

Step 2:Lightly cover the matted circles (on the stamped side) with Modge Podge and insert face down into the bottom, so that when you flip the tea light holder upside down, your image will be visible.

Step 3:Stamp an additional piece of cardstock (or use DP if you prefer) and use Nesties to cut a circle around the image that is large enough to cover the entire top side of the tea light holder.

Step 4:Lightly cover the bottom edges of the tea light holder with Modge Podge and attach your circle face down, so that when you flip your tea light holder upside down, your images (or DP) will be visible.

Other ideas:
On this paperweight, I omitted the full circle in the foreground and cut out this bat after I colored it. The background scene also has a gravestone popped out with a dimensional, which fits in the opening intended for the candle. The end result makes it look 3D.

If you make one of these, link it up here so that I can see how it turned out! Have fun!
If you want to see some of the other ones I made for Christmas, click {here}.


Kim Nath said...

Super cute idea!

Nicole said...

Nikki, these are adorable! LOVE the flying bat! TOO CUTE!

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