For my latest Cricut project, I’ve been developing tea light holders to use with flameless LED tea lights. It took a couple of weeks for me to perfect my hexagonal holder template so it would fit together just right. Then, with the engineering work done, I got down to the fun part; designing.
I really liked the way my flower-themed holders turned out. So much so, that I decided to share the Cricut cut files and the instructions for making them so you can enjoy them too.
Here are three of the flower-themed tea light holders. You can download the Cricut cut files for the pink, rose-themed one on the right from our Resource Library for free.
After I cut the files with my Cricut machine, I covered the interior cut out shapes with vellum, assembled them, and plopped the little LED lights inside. The LED lights I have “flicker” which creates the look of a real candle behind the translucent vellum.
Instructions for the Making Rose-Themed Tea Light
Gather your tools and materials
This project requires the following tools and materials.
- Cricut cutting machine
- Cricut blue Lightgrip mat
- A Cricut scoring tool (rotary scorer or scoring stylus)
- Cardstock or thin poster board (I used 8.5 X 11 cardstock)
- Vellum scrapbook paper
- Glue Dots – Micro Dots (1/8 inch) – optional 1/4 inch dots
- One piece of painter’s tape
- Scotch tape
- Ribbon for the top of the holder – no wider than ¼ of an inch
- Flameless LED tea lights
NOTE: DON’T USE A REAL CANDLE IN THIS PROJECT!
About the LED tea lights I used
I purchased some simple LED tea lights at Michaels. I like them because they have an amber bulb when turned on, and they flicker. These were sold in a set of 6, but you can purchase LED tea lights singly and in larger sets. They are 1.5 inches in diameter.
Access the tea light holder files and import them into Cricut Design Space
Download the files
You can download the rose tea light holder file from our Resource Library. You’ll need to be a subscriber to access this and all of the other free resources in the library.
Your download will be a zip file containing two .svg files:
- the tea light holder file (flowerRosesFINAL.svg)
- the vellum liners file (vellumForRoseTeaLight.svg)
Save the file to your computer and unzip it.
Import the tea light holder file into Cricut Design Space
Launch Cricut Design Space, sign in, and start a new project to access a blank canvas. Click the Upload icon on the bottom of the left menu Click the Upload Image button and browse to where you saved the files. Choose the holder file (flowerRosesFINAL.svg).
On the Upload Images screen, click Save.
Under Recently uploaded images, select the holder image, and click the Insert Images button. The image will be inserted into your project.
The tea light file is small enough to be cut out of an 8.5 inch by 11 inch sheet of cardstock. The finished project is a hexagon. Each of the six sides is 1 1/4 inches wide. The finished height from the top of the scallops to the bottom is 3 inches. The base ranges from 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 inches.
I think the file is a perfect size to capture the full effect of the tiny tea lights. However, since it’s an .svg file, you can resize it to your liking although I don’t recommend making it any smaller.
Prepare the holder file for cutting
The tea light holder is inserted into the project as two layers that are grouped. Click the Ungroup icon.
Notice both layers are labeled to be cut. Select the top layer. This layer contains the score lines. Click the Linetype drop-down field and change this layer to Score. The lines on this layer should now appear dashed.
Hold down your Shift key and click on each of the layers in the Layers panel to select them both. Then click Attach at the bottom of the Layers panel.
Cut the holder file
At the top of the canvas, click the green Make It button.
Make sure the Prepare screen shows only one mat. If it shows more than one, cancel the project and make sure you’ve attached your layers. On the Prepare screen, click Continue.
Choose the material
I used cardstock for my tea light holder. On the Set material screen, click Browse All Materials.
Type “cardstock” in the Search field. I used the Cardstock (for intricate cuts) setting because there are quite a few tiny areas to cut. If you’re using a different material, search for it using the Search field, select the material from the search results then click Done.
Set your tools
Review the tools needed for your project. For the tea light holder, you’ll need a scoring tool. The default scoring tool is the scoring wheel. If that’s what you’re using, you’re ready to process the project by loading your mat and clicking the Cricut icon button on your machine.
I’m using the scoring stylus. It goes in the left holder on the machine where you load Cricut pens. To change the settings from the scoring wheel to the stylus, click Edit Tools.
Select the Scoring Stylus option, and click Continue.
Adhere your cardstock (or other material) to the blue mat. I used an 8.5 x11 inch piece of cardstock in a landscape format.
Load your mat into your Cricut machine and cut the holder. When it’s done cutting, remove it and any scraps left from cutting from the mat. Inspect your holder to weed out any pieces that may have clung to it.
Cut the vellum
Adhere your vellum to the blue Cricut mat. In Design Space, click the plus sign to create a new project. (Note: you can save the holder project now if you like.)
Upload the vellum cut file (vellumForRoseTeaLight.svg) the same way you uploaded the holder file and insert it into your new project. The vellum file contains 6 little rectangles. They’re grouped and ready to cut so you won’t have to do anything to the layers.
Click Make It at the top of the screen. When you get to the Set Material screen, click Browse All Materials, search for “vellum” on the All Materials screen. There will be only one option for vellum. Click it and finish processing your cut.
Note: When you shop for vellum, you’ll find that there are many beautiful options to choose from. I used vellum with tiny white dots for my rose tea light holder. I’ve found that vellum can be tricky to cut. Make sure it’s really adhered tightly to the mat or it will tear. Different vellums have different cutting results. Sometimes it’s easier just to cut these little rectangles with scissors. The dimensions of these are 1 1/8 inch wide by 1 3/4 inch tall.
Assemble the tea light holder
Make sure you have your main holder piece, a hexagonal bottom piece, and six vellum pieces ready to assemble.
Attach the vellum to the back of the holder
Next you’ll glue the vellum pieces behind the cutouts. Flip the holder piece and the vellum pieces over so they’re face down. For the holder piece, this means the side with the score lines faces down.
I use Glue Dots to paste the vellum pieces because I’ve found that liquid glue warps the cardstock. Glue dots are much cleaner and easier.
Place a few of the glue dots close to the cutout areas and keep them well within the area that will be covered by the vellum. Don’t add glue dots between the horizontal slits at the top or on the score lines.
Once you’ve placed a sufficient number of glue dots on the first panel, carefully press the vellum face down over the cutout. Repeat for the remaining five panels.
Create the sides of the holder
With the vellum glued in place, flip the holder face up (score lines face up). Fold the sides of the project downward along the vertical score lines. Make sure to do both the panels and the small vertical folds on the left and right edges. Once you’ve folded the project into a rough hexagonal shape, focus on the end panels. Slip the tab on the right panel into the slot on the left panel.
Have a small piece of painter’s tape ready. Then line up the end panels so that the bottom score lines meet. Secure the holder with a small piece of painter’s tape where the lines meet as shown below. The tape doesn’t have to look pretty. It’s there temporarily to help keep everything in place as you finish assembling the project.
Have a small piece of regular Scotch tape ready, then reach inside the holder from the bottom and tape the tab/slot to the panel. Do the same for the top of the tab/slot.
Create the bottom of the holder
To create the bottom, start by folding the bottom flaps inward. Make sure to do all of the triangular flaps first, then the slotted rectangular flap, and lastly the tabbed flap.
Next, prepare the hexagon piece. It will be glued inside the holder to keep everything in place. I used micro glue dots at the corners and side edges of the piece and one eighth inch dots for the center area. It’s important to have dots at the corners and edges of the piece.
Next you’ll place the hexagon into the bottom of the tea light holder. To do this, hold the bottom of the tea light in the palm of your left (or non dominant) hand. Cradle the sides gently with your fingers to help keep the holder in shape.
With your other hand, pick up the hexagon, turn it glue dot side down and angle it into the tea light leading with a flat edge. Work the hexagon into the holder until the flat edge lines up with the bottom of a panel. Once you’ve achieved this, push the rest of the hexagon in place.
Set the holder down and press on the hexagonal piece with your fingers to adhere the glue better. Your holder should now look something like this:
Insert the bottom tab
Turn the holder bottom side up again. Loosen the tabbed and slotted flaps from the glue a bit and insert the tab into the slot. Again sit the holder bottom side down on a flat surface and this time press the hexagon piece down harder to adhere the glue dots to the flaps. If you want to secure the flaps on the bottom with extra tape, you can but it shouldn’t be necessary.
Lastly, remove the temporary piece of masking tape you applied earlier. Pull it slowly and carefully so the cardstock doesn’t rip.
The holder is finished except to add the ribbon!
Add the ribbon
To add ribbon, cut a piece about 2 to 2 1/2 times the circumference of the holder. Start at the panel you want to be the front of the holder. You’ll have two sets of slots. I went around the holder from left to right so I started with the right set of slots. I inserted the ribbon from the front to the inside leaving enough of it behind to eventually tie into a bow.
Then I went behind the narrow piece of cardstock and back through the second slot to return to the front as shown below.
I continued around the holder weaving the ribbon in and out of the slots. When I made it all the way around, I tied a bow at the center of the front panel.
Lastly, I dropped in the tea light. Finished!
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