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How to make Pretty Flower (or Ice Shard) Tea Light Votives by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

Pretty Flower and Ice Shard Tea Light Votives DIY

By Brenda Ponnay

Have you seen these quartz shard votives popping up in fancy home stores these days? They are really pretty and are a bit expensive. They’ve stuck with me and the more and more I thought about it, the more I thought I could make something just like them but from recycled household items!

And so I introduce to you our Ice Shard Tea Light Votives made with recycled plastic milk cartons! Or pretty flower votives if you prefer. They are really easy to make and so beautiful, your friends and family will be astounded when they find out you made them from a milk carton. Long live upcycling!

How to make Pretty Flower (or Ice Shard) Tea Light Votives (supplies) by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

Supplies you will to make Pretty Flower (and Ice Shard) Votives:

  • a clean, washed and dried empty plastic milk carton, labels removed (one half gallon carton makes 1.5 flowers)
  • heavy duty kitchen scissors
  • battery-operated tea lights
  • hot glue gun (a responsible crafter or adult should use this. very hot so please be careful) and plenty of glue sticks

How to make Pretty Flower Tea Light Votives (cutting petals) by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

How to make Pretty Flower (and Ice Shard) Votives:

Step 1: First cut your plastic milk carton into sections. Remove the handle and spout and discard. Use the remaining sections to cut 1-2 inch petals from. You should get 3-35 petals from one half gallon carton. You’ll probably only need 20 or so petals per flower so you will have plenty. It’s okay to use the folds and bends of the carton too. Texture and form makes your petals interesting.

How to make Pretty Flower Tea Light Votives (assembly) from Milk Carton by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

Step 2: In fact, you’ll want to put a little bit of a bend in each petal before you glue it to the tea light. This will create the upward lifting, light-seeking natural look of a real petal.

Step 3: Start by gluing one petal around the top outside of the tea light and then spiral inwards until your flower is full and life-like. You can add petals in between later if you notice a spot that is thinner just apply the glue to the petal and wedge it in between petals. Hold it until the glue cools and is secure.

How to make Pretty Ice Shard Tea Light Votives (cutting shards) from Milk Carton by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

To create a more ice-like shard cut geometric shapes like you see above instead of rounded petals.

How to make Pretty Ice Shard Tea Light Votives (assembly) from Milk Carton by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

Bend and glue similar to the tea light exactly like you did the rounded petal version.

How to make Pretty Ice Flower (or Ice Shard) Tea Light Votives (turn on battery) by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

Step 4: Then switch on your lights and set your table!

How to make Pretty Flower Tea Light Votives from Milk Carton by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

So pretty!


How to make Pretty Flower ( or Ice Shards) Tea Light Votives from Milk Carton by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

These can make any table setting glow with soft winter warmth or just set them on a side table or hearth and enjoy as you think about how much money you saved on these pretty little votives. Or wrap them up in a pretty box and give them away as a gift!

Brenda Ponnay
About the Author

Brenda Ponnay

Brenda Ponnay is a stealthy secret agent who juggles parenthood to her adorable daughter by day and freelance graphic design/illustration by night. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, mak...

Brenda Ponnay is a stealthy secret agent who juggles parenthood to her adorable daughter by day and freelance graphic design/illustration by night. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of cardboard boxes or just doing the laundry with flair, Brenda Ponnay has learned that what really makes her happy is being creative every single day.

You can read about all her crazy adventures on her personal blog: Secret Agent Josephine.

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