I was messing around with different materials trying to dress up a little LED tealight, and this is one of the versions I ended up liking (plus it’s dirt cheap since it’s just thread!). I love me some textures. This may be useful for those with wedding venues that don’t allow real flames.
Finding these* at the dollar store is what started this mess…
4. Roll the cardboard and tape the edge.
6. Cut and wrap the plastic over the cardboard roll, then tape it down.
7. Wrap thread (thicker thread recommended) around the roll loosely. It should be tight enough to stay in place, but loose enough to slide off with a little help. Make sure the edges are relatively close to perpendicular to your roll (otherwise they’ll be tilted). You can use more thread for a thicker cover or to make it taller if you’d like. I did here what I think is close to the minimum to let the most light shine through.
8. Saturate with a fabric stiffener (available at craft stores or fabric stores) and follow instructions on the bottle for drying.
10. Check and make sure it’s close to dry.
11. Carefully crumble and pull out the cardboard without damaging the shape of the thread.
12. Carefully remove the plastic without damaging the shape of the thread.
You can make different sizes and shapes. It probably works with yarn and ribbons just as well. And of course, you can use whatever color thread you like…
* Batteries were included, and they lasted for many hours. They even flickered to imitate a real flame… can’t beat that for fiddy-cent a pop. Though, I gotta say that they’re a tad dim. If you want to do a bunch of these, you should buy one and make sure it’s bright enough for you first.