Glitter-Dipped Tea Light Holder

glitter dipped tea light holder

A few months ago I made these simple cement plant pots and they proved surprisingly popular. So I decided to give them a festive update using glitter, and my new favourite craft supply, Plaster of Paris (you can expect quite a few PoP projects in 2016!).

You will need:

  • Plaster of Paris
  • Large clean yoghurt/creme fraiche pot
  • Cardboard tube
  • Masking tape
  • Washi tape
  • PVA glue
  • Glitter
  • Tea light
  • Pair of pliers
  • Small amount of rice

glitter dipped tea light holder diy

Begin by cutting your cardboard tube so it is slightly taller than a tea light. Then cover one end with masking tape. Tape all around the outside of the tube leaving the other end uncovered.

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Make up the Plaster of Paris as per the manufacturer’s instructions. Make sure that it’s a smooth consistency without lumps, then gently pour the plaster into the yoghurt pot mould so it’s two-thirds full. Tap the side to release any air bubbles.

glitter dipped tea light holder diy glitter dipped tea light holder diy

Push the cardboard tube (covered end first) into the mixture making sure it’s in the centre and upright. To keep it in place, add tape from the inside of the smaller tube to the outside of the larger one. Leave to harden for an hour. If you find your inner tube is bobbing up in the plaster then you can weigh it down with rice.


To remove the inner tube, begin by taking off the masking tape that was holding it in place. Then use a pair of pliers to gently twist the small tube out. Snip the yoghurt pot and gently peel it off the tea light holder, then leave to harden completely for 1-2 days.


To add the glitter trim, use Washi tape to mark off the section you want to have glitter on. Then spread a thin layer of PVA glue onto it.


Pour a generous amount of glitter onto a plate and roll the holder in the glitter. You want to completely cover the bottom part so there are no gaps.


Once the glue is dry, peel off the Washi tape, add a tea light and display. To seal in the glitter spray with hair spray.

glitter dipped tea light holder


This method of making pots works really well. Use taller tubes to make pen pots or toothbrush holders, or shallower containers (like an empty pot of humous) to make little trinket bowls.

~Laura xx ~