Wood Tealight Houses

I’d seen this image of a wood tea light house on Pinterest:

and I wanted one.

Nope, I NEEDED one!

Isn’t it just the cutest little thing you’ve ever seen?

Did I mention I have a new scroll saw that was itching to create?

Did you know scroll saws take practice to master?

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Yup, thought if I drilled small holes in the corner of each window, I’d be able to scroll away and make a perfect wood tea light house.  I think my results speak to my technique;  a little rough.  We’ll call this guy “rustic – and pretend that it is intentional.

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But what if you don’t have a scroll saw and/or aren’t so keen on the rustic edges?

Sharp corners could me made by crossing boards… but what boards are small enough to work in a tea light house?

Let’s give paint sticks a whirl…

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I cut a notch at every inch mark along a few paint sticks – be careful! – while the table saw should only be at a height to cut halfway through the paint sticks, fingers 1″ from any blade are fair game for amputation.  Once I had my sticks ‘notched’, I just crossed one over the other and tapped into place.

From there you’ll need to create your house frame to hold this window pane section.  I cut two sides and a bottom on the mitre saw and then a triangle for the roof.

Glue into place with wood glue and use a bit of wood filler to fill in any gaps.  Don’t worry if your paint stirrers aren’t the same depth as your house – we’ll sand it down once the glue and wood filler is dry.

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Much better right?

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This is looking promising, and the windows have nice square corners!

I built the candle box behind the house and stained the entire thing (inside and out) in dark walnut.

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My larger wood tea light house was sized to hold a 3-wick candle – so the sides are roughly 5″ tall by 5″ wide.  (but then, that really isn’t a tea light house is it?)

Here are the measurements for the little guy:

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You can see that both tea light houses have enough room between the wood and candle so as not to burn.

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Not quite as cute as the inspiration piece – but not a terrible result either.

Wood house candle holder, wood tea light house, tea light house

Wood house candle holder, wood tea light house, tea light house

Wood house candle holder, wood tea light house, tea light house

Wouldn’t these be pretty if they were made almost entirely of paint stir sticks – on all four sides?  That would have definitely been on my building list if I hadn’t already created three when all I wanted was one. lol

Go putter – you never know what you’ll come up with!

Have a great one!

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2018-06-18T13:40:10-04:00October 1st, 2016|DECOR, GIFT IDEAS|0 Comments

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