Repurposed Tea Light Candle Holders

When you save everything, you are bound
to go looking for it some day. 

Outdoor tea light candle holder

That's the way I felt when I saved the little lamp shades from a string of outdoor lights when they burned out. 

These little steel beauties were bound to be useful one day!

Repurposed outdoor tea light candle holder

And today is that day!

I painted 2 boards both 18" long with white paint. 

painting boards white

Using not one, but 2 of my favorite stencils, I stenciled a simple design on each board. 

The red grain sack stencil is from Old Sign Stencils by Funky Junk Interiors and the 3 blue stars stencil is from Vintage Sign Stencils by Knick of Time.

Both of these ladies create fabulous stencils and I'm honored to represent both of them. 

Outdoor candle holders using repurposed shades

I coated each board with a coat of Rust-Oleum Antiquing Glaze (affiliate link) to give the boards a vintage look. 

Each steel shade was then screwed into the board and a tea light was dropped inside. 

Repurposed DIY Tea light candle holders for an outdoor table

These lights make the most beautiful designs on the wall!

How beautiful down the center of a farmhouse table!

DIY tea light holder with repurposed shades

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife of 28 years, the mother of 4 daughters, and the grandmother of 4 grandsons. I am a DIY Blogger and a part time PreK teacher.


  1. some great ideas for projects. I'm always trying to figure out what to do with tea lights so I'm going to give your idea a try.

  2. Excellent idea. And a gust of wind or kids with a basketball aren't gonna tip them over, either. I am slowly learning to think outside the box by reading everyone's blogs. Like I needed another project-LOL!


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