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Make your own tealight glasses and lanterns with a frost effect


A great upcycling idea with little effort: You can make these beautiful lanterns out of old jam jars or empty candle holders. With the matt frost effect, tealight glasses let the candlelight shimmer particularly beautifully.

You don’t always have to spend a lot of money on beautiful Christmas decorations: Doing it yourself and using things is much more fun!

Make your own lanterns with a frost effect: material overview

  • Old glass, e.g. empty jam jars, candle glasses or tealight holders
  • Sponge dab brush set *
  • white color with frost effect *
  • small bowl, tray as a base

Step by step instructions

#1. Step: Clean glasses thoroughly and dry them – ideally they should have been in the dishwasher.

# 2. Step: Pour the Frost Effect paint into a small bowl. With the sponge dab brush you can dab the creamy liquid evenly, so that a cloudy surface is created.

3rd step: Place your glasses on a tray or kitchen paper to dry for 24 hours. Then you can let it harden in the oven at 160 ° C for 20 minutes. However, the glasses are not dishwasher safe and should only be washed by hand.

Your DIY wind lights with a frost effect are ready!

DECORATION TIP: For particularly beautiful light, I always use tea lights with a transparent cover *.

You can still decorate with the timeless lanterns after Christmas: the frosty look fits perfectly as winter decoration.

More Christmas decoration ideas in Scandi Boho style

Mini light house as a gable house by wheels design

Star Venok natural from Broste Copenhagen

Short stick candle set in white by Ib Laursen

Even more upcycling ideas for Christmas:

In addition to my DIY tealight glasses, you can find our #UpcycleyourChristmas blog parade many more great ideas from other DIY bloggers for the Advent season:

Mike from Herrletter: DIY bottle decoration

Liska from dekotopia: Gift bags from old comics

Hanna von Fräulein Homemade: Christmas present wrapping with newspaper

Judith from Frau-Liebling: Make light houses yourself

Sarah from Holidays: Hanging Christmas lanterns made from old screw jars

Evi from Mrs Greenhouse: Rudolph the red nosed reindeer – gift packaging made from milk cartons

Liesa from Mrs. Friemel: Last minute Advent wreath made of old glass with macrame numbers

Lisa from my fairy dust: Lanterns upcycling

Antonia from Goldschool DIY: Sew a headband from an old sweater

Dani from Gingered Things: Illuminated gingerbread houses made of cardboard

Take a look at our Pinterest board and let yourself be inspired by the craft ideas!

ALSO INTERESTING: Scandinavian Christmas decorations for every budget

What was the last Christmas decoration idea you made yourself?

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