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Wine Glass Tealight Lampshades

Feb 5, 2013


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Wine Glass Tealight Lampshades

Turn simple wine glasses into lovely tealight lamps by crafting some DIY lampshades. The project is simple, inexpensive and allows a lot of room for creativity. You can leave yours as plain vellum, or punch decorative holes in them, screen-print them, or even paint them. It’s up to you.
Scrapbook and craft stores tend to stock many different colours and patterns, some already wedding themed. If you aren’t inclined to decorate plain vellum, you can be sure to find printed vellum choices that will suit your theme.

I can imagine these not only on tables at the wedding reception but also at the rehearsal dinner, or a cocktail evening, family dinner, the list goes on.

To make them, you’ll need:
• 8-1/2″ x 11″ sheets of vellum (one per lamp)
• Scissors
• Decorative bladed scissors
• Decorative paper punch
• Glue pen (or double sided craft tape)
• Wine glasses
• Tea lights or LED battery-operated tea lights
• Candle putty/floral clay (or sand) for the tealight to sit on
• The lampshade pattern – see below

1. Download and print out this lampshade pattern.
2. Trace the pattern onto your vellum sheet. Cut out the shape with your regular scissors. If you want, you can use decorative bladed scissors along the bottom edge to add another element to the shade.
3. If you like, use a paper punch to make holes evenly or haphazardly throughout the shade, as shown in the PDF example of the lampshade pattern.
4. Using the glue pen (or double sided craft tape), apply a thin line of glue to one straight end. Wrap the other end over the glued end, and adhere together, forming the shade.
5. Secure the tealight with candle putty, or put some sand (plain or coloured) in the bottom of the glass and set the lampshade on top of your glass.

There is no problem using real tealight candles – the shade fits around the mouth of the wine glass, allowing much of the heat from the candle to escape through the top as if there was no shade at all, while the bottom part of the shade barely touches the glass bowl.

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