MY round tray of seven tea light holders (a previous project shared on this page) is put to good use whenever a storm trips the main switch of our house. We always wait for the storm to subside before flipping the switch on.
One stormy evening while entertaining guests with four kids in the group, the lights went out. Out came my tray, to the delight of the young ones who found it entertaining to light up the tea lights as they revelled in the semi-darkness. Actually, they had a ball singeing various materials to test what was more combustible! Yes, their hair included.
For this design, you need the bottoms of nine soda cans. I’ve tied them to the board with wires instead of just gluing them in place.
Tray for tea lights
From soda cans, CDs, plastic bottle caps, sequins and mounting board
Here’s a spark of genius to light up your darkest hour. You need: A3 mounting board 9 assorted aluminium soda cans 4 CDs 4 plastic bottle caps 9 tea lights Small sequins Thin wire Satin ribbon – 1m long and 0.3cm wide Pencil and ruler Scissors and cutter Piercing tool Acrylic paints Sponge UHU glue Toothpick Making the tray
1. Measure and cut the mounting board to a square measuring 27cm. Apply acrylic paint with a small sponge to add texture to both sides of the board. Paint the board in a few different colours. Allow to dry.
2. Measure and draw a 20cm sq box within the board, leaving a 3.5cm border all round. Measure and mark the middle point on all sides of the square.
3. Cut out the bases of the aluminium soda cans. Trim them to a height of 4cm.
Place a soda can base on the board within the square, with the outside facing up. Pierce two sets of holes in the middle of the can right through the board. Enlarge the holes.
Cut a length of wire, about 10cm long, and tie the soda can base to the board with a “cross stitch”. Twist the ends of the wire at the back of the board to secure them tightly together. Trim off the excess. Press flat against the board. Attach all the can bases one by one in the same way.
4. Place a CD with its back facing up. Measure and draw a line 3cm from the edge on the left and right sides of the CD. Cut the CD into three parts. Keep the middle section for future projects.
Do the same for all the CDs. Glue two CD strips to each side of the square on the board.
5. Cut out strips about 1.5cm wide from the CD. Then cut out four circles and glue them in the areas adjacent to the soda can base in the centre.
6. Apply a thin line of glue onto the straight edges of the CDs on one side of the square. Cut the satin ribbon to the same length, slightly more than 20cm, and press it onto the edge. Do the same for all the sides of the square.
7. Cut out small circles of varying sizes and colours from the soda cans. Glue them around the board.
8. Apply a thin line of glue around the sides of the CD pieces to stick the sequins in place. Use a toothpick to push them in position. Glue a sequin to the four corners of the ribbon, too.
9. Turn the board over carefully. Apply glue to the top of the plastic bottle caps and adhere them to the back of the board as stands. Allow the glue to set.
10. Turn the board over and place the tea lights into the hollow of the soda can bases.