DIY marbleized tea light holder

I have about 50 plain tea light holders that I bought for my wedding to use as centerpieces. Two years later, they're just sitting sad and lonely in their boxes and I was thinking about giving them away when Stu convinced me to keep them, saying he's sure one day I'll find something creative to do with them. I was quite flattered he thinks so highly of my crafty ways and decided to keep them.

But then, recently, I really did get inspiration to jazz up these dollar shop purchases to make them look super cool. And you won't believe what I used to create these pretty marbleized effects...nail polish!
To create a marbleized effect of your tea light holder, you'll need:

Nail polish in various colors
Plastic tub/container (I recommend using takeaway containers that you can discard to save on cleaning)
Skewers
Tea light holders

Method:

1. Fill plastic tub/container with water to depth of ~2 cm.
2. Add a few drops of nail polish in your preferred colors.
3. Use a skewer to swirl the nail polish to create a marbleized effect.
4. Gently dip the tea light holder at a slight angle onto the nail polish.
5. Place upside down to air dry completely. (~30 minutes)

42 Responses to DIY marbleized tea light holder

Ice Pandora said...

Awwwwesome trick with the nailpolish
really :D thanks for sharing with us! They are great for gifts as well!
Xx

Rachel said...

i love your tea light holders... you did such a good job at marble-lizing the colors!!! my favorite is the pink/turqoise one :)

rachel x
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Joyce said...

Very cool :) Never thought of doing this before but i'm sure it will look beautiful once the candle is lighted. nice tutorial!

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Linda said...

Very creative, Trish!
Love the pastel look to them...

Samantha Heather said...

This just blew my mind! Thank you for sharing my next DIY project.

I am too keen to try this!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Fun and pretty!

My Garden Diaries said...

Hey friend! That is sooo super cool! I am just thinking in my head about how much you can do with this with other glass pieces! That looks amazing! Who would have thought?!?!?! Have a great week!!!

Michelle said...

These look fantastic, hubby was right to tell you to keep them! Im sure we all have left over nail polish that we can use for this little project too :)

Latrina M. said...

Those are so stinking cute! Oh my gosh. You just amaze me... you really do. :D

Beauty Box said...

WOW - I'm impressed. You are very talented - your hubby is right :) They look very artistic and will jazz up a room...

burntfeather said...

clever as always! I'd never of have thought to use nail polish, they turned out so pretty :)

OtherMix said...

Cool! :]

Sam said...

These are so pretty and the most delightful idea!

Anouka K said...

These look so pretty! Great and creative DIY idea.

Denisa said...

Very nice inspiration. Grreat day.

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Tina Bradley said...

What a great project! It's easy and looks fabulous! xo T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

Blond Duck said...

That's so cool!!!!!!

Jay said...

That's amazing! I love the finished result.

Stephanie Lula said...

I think you really need to open up your own shop of all these wonderful items and pieces you create :)

Kate Sullivan Corpuz said...

Pretty cool- your tea light holders look great!

always, koru kate

Jane said...

omg! this is so creative and pretty!! oh the things you can do with nail polish! :)

Mary Jo @trustyourstyle said...

These are so fun! I love how easy it is and I have lots of little battery candles for the patio, so it wouldn't ruin the paint. Love!

xo Mary Jo

Johanna said...

Those are so pretty - how clever!

Karina Dinda R. said...

Nice tutorial dear! Thanks for sharing, gonna try it soon :)

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Fashion Lover said...

Beautiful!! I love that DIY!

Xoxo!

Jessica (Coco/Mingo) said...

Really, really great idea, Trishie! I'm going to have to try this with a few empty candle holders I have! xo

Kim Alston said...

those are so pretty! very different and unique. Love them! great job!
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Our Neck of the Woods said...

What a creative idea! I really like how they turned out. Glad you decided to give them a shot before getting rid of them!

Alicia Mackin said...

This is a wonderful DIY! I loved how they came out.



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Rowena @ rolala loves said...

Wow this is so easy! I have tea lights and nail polish. May have to give it a go. Thanks Trishie!

Rowena @ rolala loves

Ann Jones said...

This look so nice! What a great, easy idea :)

curly purplepig said...

so creative and cute!

Susannah said...

Wow Trishie, you do have such a creative side to you. And Stu knows it! He sounds like such a sweetie! This is such a brilliant idea! Thanks for sharing it with us. Hope you're feeling well :D
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aliceinbo said...

You are an artist!

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kissandmakeupsbeautyblog.com said...

This is so creative, thanks for the DIY idea!

Talisa Tossell said...

I’m going to be broke because of you!! I want all of this.

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Denise Sabs said...

Wow, it's amazing! No wonder he thought you are talented! To create that effect using nail polish! I loved that and I will certainly use that, thanks for that! denisesplanet com

rooth said...

Oh I like how these turned out - beautiful!

Amy @ Elephant Eats said...

Love that you got to reuse something from your wedding! These came out completely beautiful and the hold a special memory :) I still have a bunch of my DIY wedding stuff waiting around to be put to good use!

VintageLoveandPhotographs said...

These are so pretty!

Arni @ Travel Gourmande said...

These are really pretty and creative.

Julia said...

Such a cool idea! They are so pretty!