Thursday, November 4, 2010

Tealight Tutorial

Things are slowly getting back to a familiar schedule for my household. You know, the cleaning, the GCs coming over and taking control  the house with their toys and  choice of movies. Always fun to watch the interaction with them.
I mentioned in an earlier post that I would have a tutorial on the tealight that I posted a few posts back, so here it is.
I learned how to make this tealight candle cake when I was at BenFranklin Crafts, so I hope Joy and the gang won't mind my creating a tutorial for it.
I love that these little cuties operate on batteries. It's a great project to use  those left over pieces of scrapbook/cardstock scraps. You know us crafters, we don't like to throw much of anything away (I swear, I'm not a hoarder, oh oh. I'm not in denial either.  I mean...Oh forget it).
So, here are the things you'll need:

tealight, 1/2" by 5" strip of paper, 2  2" scallop circles
assorted flower punches and scallop punch
I like to have some pre-punched flowers on hand
double stick tape, snail glue, tacky glue,  foam pad & stylus,scallop template
To start, cut a piece of cardstock 1/2" by5" and add glue of your choice to one long side of strip, then wrap entire strip around your tealight. I used a brown strip of cardstock on my cake so that it would look like chocolate.

I love chocolate
Using the 2 inch scallop circles punch, cut out  2 circles, one is for your frosting and the other is your cake tray/plate.
What helps for the next step is to make a template of the 2"  scallop circle out of any type of paper. I used an expired ad flyer.  I folded it in forths to find the center, then cut a tiny circle of about 3/16". Use this as a template to find the center for your frosting.

my cream cheese frosting
In the above photo, I cut my center circle using the template, then I cut a few tiny slits in the circle so that it can easily fit over the flame of the tealight. So that you can easily smooth the outer edge of the frosting over the side edges, make tiny slit into the indentations of the scallops.

On outer edge, cut tiny slits into scallop indentations
 Now you're ready to attach your frosting to your cake. You can use mini glue dots or tacky glue to glue frosting to the cake. I wanted to do this in a hurry so I used mini glue dots on each scallop.  Pricey cake!

mmmm...cream cheese frosting
 Using the other scallop circle, which is the plate or tray of your cake, hold the circle to the bottom of the tealight and rub your finger on the paper where the light switch is. This will create an indentation of where the switch is. Using a 1/8" hole punch, punch  the indentation a couple of times so that your piece looks like the photo below.

2 hole punches overlapping each other
Glue your tray/plate to the bottom of your cake, making sure the hole you punched clears the light switch.

almost done
 Now the decorations begin. Using whatever flower punches you have, you can punch an assortment of flowers using your scrap cardstock or scrapbook paper. I've seen some gorgeous tealight cakes with ribbon roses too. I used the foam pad and stylus to give some dimension to my flower punches.

just move the stylus in tiny circles or press stylus into each petal
Use tacky glue to adhere flowers and leaves or whatever you want to decorate your cake.

 I think there's a Bigz three-tier cake diecut. This tealight cake would look great as the topper.

 Aloha for now,



  1. Great Tutorial, Grammie! thanks for doing that, I was sooo lazy!LOL!

    Love the fluttering butterfly ,too!

  2. Wow, what a great tutorial--and gorgeous too!!! I am having my Creative Spirit Challenge on the 8th! It would be great if you would link this up for it (it's on whimsical musings.)

  3. I entered you into the contest and I think if you win I need to deliver it (I love's beautiful!)

  4. This is charming! Thanks for the tutorial! Hopped over from Creative Spirit Challenge!

  5. I am so glad you linked this post up to the Whimsical Musings challenge--I'm sure everyone will love to know how to make is wonderful!

  6. How pretty!! Thanks for showing us how to make one. You really are the "creative" grammie!

  7. Thanks for sharing this project a really cute idea, a wonderful party favor.

  8. These are adorable! Thank you so much for sharing and doing a tutorial! You certainly have a creative spirit!

  9. What a pretty idea! I love it! Thanks for stopping by, and for your nice comments! How lucky you are to live in Hawaii! My husband & I were married on Kauai 10 years ago:)

  10. Wow! This is so neat!
    You are so creative!
    Thank you for sharing.

  11. Hey Wayna, great tutorial! I have never made a tealight cake yet but your instructions were great! I'll have to try one out for sure.

  12. What a fun way to use those tealights. Your tutorial was clear helpful to inspire others to give one a try.


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