Monday, May 21, 2012

. . . Industrial Chic Tea Light Holders . . .

I love anything modern and industrial inspired and am thrilled when I can “create” something fun that captures this look.

When my son was “sword” fighting with a piece of foam pipe insulation from our garage I had a light bulb moment!  Oh, well first I took the “sword” away from him so my house would survive then I had my light bulb moment.  Why not make tea light holders from that piece of pipe insulation he found!?  Brilliant.

I just love how these turned out!  I now have all kinds of ideas in my head on what I could make from pipe insulation! 

You will need:
Foam Pipe Insulation
Tape--I used filament tape that I had but want to make a set with decorative duct tape
Tea Lights
Tray or something to put the candles on
Slate Chips or rocks
Spray Paint *optional

• Gather your supplies
• You'll need a sharp knife or a small saw to cut through the foam
• Decide the height you want your candle holders and cut
• For any uneven edges that you can't get "flattened" out just use a sanding block and then wipe away the dust from the foam with a damp cloth

**If you are going to spray paint your foam you'll want to do it now before you tape it.  I did only one of mine with a light "dusting" of white spray paint so it had more contrast than the other two but I also love them without it.

• Use your tape to hold the foam together since there is a slit in it
• You could use any type of tape that you have but something "industrial" is going to hold better.
• Place your tea light on the top center of your holder and cut around it so you can create a "hole" for the candle to sit in.  The foam cuts very easily so this should be an easy step.  Don't cut the foam too wide or your candle will look lost.

 • When you cut don't cut all the way down in your pipe insulation--just far enough "in" so the candle will sit in space you are creating.
• Once you've cut the outline then use your finger to push the foam down so you create a "hole" for the tea light or votive to sit in

• I made a second set of Tea Light Holders in graduating sizes.  Follow the exact steps from above to create this look.
• I grabbed some slate chips from my landscaping and washed them and filled a white tray with them and added the industrial tea light holders.  For the graduating set I placed them on a round white platter and added the slate chips.  These are great for any setting in your house but they are perfect for outside on the patio or porch!

Industrial Chic at it's best!  
It's an added bonus that this project costs just pennies!


The purple and green tea lights are Citronella Candles so it makes for the perfect centerpiece on my outdoor table

Industrial Chic
Frugal  &  Fun
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Polly Want a Crafter


  1. What a clever idea!

    Mrs. Delightful

  2. Wow, Lindy! You have a VERY creative mind! Pipe insulation has been completely reinvented thanks to DIY bloggers :)

    When I saw the first photo I wasn't sure what was wrapped around them. These would look neat with the little metal pipe clamps around them (I was looking at some in the dollar store on the weekend)too! Just an idea :)

    What an awesome out-of-the-box project!

  3. What a great project! So creative! I would love it if you would share it on my linky party Tout It Tuesday!

  4. Lindy, that's super cool! Thanks for sharing at our Handmade Tuesdays party.

  5. I absolutely LOVE the look of these! I have pinned them to my Home ideas and DIY crafts boards. And I would love to have you come by, link up and show off this project at the Creative Corner Hop. The linky party begins every Monday and stay open all week.

    Cherished Handmade Treasures

  6. This is such a great idea and a great way to use something you already have.

    Thanks so much for linking up at Romance on a dime!!!

  7. Thanks for sharing on Tout It Tuesday!


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