Quick, Easy DIY Copper Polkadot Tea Light Holders: IKEA Hack

My home office has a copper and white theme. I got the lovely copper lampshade and table lamp ages ago and I need a few more touches of copper to bring it together. So I created these cute copper polkadot tea light holders, using IKEA tumblers, sticky dots, and spray paint.copper polkadot tea light holders

DIY IKEA hack copper dot tea light holders

TO MAKE copper polkadot tea light holders

Some small glasses. I used  a box of six small IKEA tumblers for just £1.30. I have two left over for a different colour.

Sticky dots. The kind you use to wrap parcels if you’re too posh to use tape, which were £1 from our local hardware shop.

Spray paint. I used Rust-oleum spray paint in Copper, £9.49 from Amazon.

Tea lights. You can use real ones, but I went for battery operated ones for safety’s sake, as I have two curious little girls!

STEP 1: Wash the glasses in the dishwasher, to make sure they didn’t have any grease on them.

Glass with clear sticky dots

Stick the sticky dots on the glass, in a random pattern.

STEP 2: Stick some sticky dots onto two of the glasses, in a random pattern. Press them down well, using a cloth or some paper towel, so that you get a crisp line, and don’t get fingerprints on the glass or dots, as this would stop the spray paint from sticking.

STEP 3: Turn them upside down on an old baking tray (or something similar) outside, and spray them lightly  with the spray paint, from all directions.

Glasses on a baking tray, ready to be sprayed with paint.

Place your glasses upside down on an old baking tray or similar, outside, to spray them.

It’s important to put them upside down, or you will get paint on the inside, and therefore not get the polkadot effect. Let them dry for a few hours (longer, if possible).

Glasses on a baking tray, sprayed with copper paint.

Spray the glasses with a light coat of paint, spinning the tray as you go, so you don’t have to touch them. Allow to dry.

STEP 4: Carefully peel off the sticky dots, and stick them on two of the other glasses, in a random pattern.

Sticky dot removed from DIY IKEA hack copper dot tea light holders

Carefully peel off the sticky dots, and stick them on a new glass. You should get a nice clean circle of clear glass for the candle to shine through. But don’t worry if it looks a little ragged, you won’t notice from a distance.

copper polkadot tea light holders

You should end up with four tea light holders, two with a reverse dot pattern.

Just pop your tea lights in, and you’re ready to glow! They make great gifts, but are for decoration only. I doubt they would survive the dishwasher, and definitely should not be used as glasses!

Of course you could just use jam jars, and they also make great pen pots.DIY IKEA Hack Copper Polka dot pen pots

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  1. 9th February 2016 / 12:24 pm

    These look brilliant and sound so straightforward to make, thank you for sharing! 2016 is meant to be the year I start little crafty projects so maybe this would be a good place to begin. Can’t wait to see your home office reveal, we’re nearly there with ours too but I’m starting to think it might never be finished! X #HomeEtc
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    • 9th February 2016 / 9:12 pm

      Ah yes I think this would be a nice easy (and quick!) one to start with, let me know if you do! Good luck with your office, it’s so hard to get all the final bits and bobs done isn’t it! xx

  2. 9th February 2016 / 10:39 am

    AMAZING!!! Love these. So stylish. Great mind think alike, I too have gone for a copper lamp in mine so these would look great. Thanks for linking up, love Jess xx

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    • 9th February 2016 / 9:09 pm

      Ah I just popped over to check it out, it’s lovely. They would go perfectly! xx

  3. 8th February 2016 / 9:52 pm

    These are super cute and look really easy to do – I love an Ikea hack! I’ll have to get myself some spray paint. #KCAKOLS

    • 8th February 2016 / 10:21 pm

      Oh yes, you won’t regret it, spray paint is the best invention, so many uses and so much quicker and easier than faffing about with a paint brush! Good luck! xx

  4. 7th February 2016 / 5:24 pm

    They look great – and I think they can really bring a colour scheme together. Looking forward to the big reveal 🙂 #homeetc

    • 7th February 2016 / 7:22 pm

      He he thanks Stephanie, it’s still not finished but I am hopeful it won’t be too much longer! xx

  5. 7th February 2016 / 4:07 pm

    Absolutely love this! So easy I might even try it with jars and glasses 🙂

    • 7th February 2016 / 7:28 pm

      Thanks Lizzie, it is one of the easiest things I’ve done – I just love spray paint! xx

  6. 6th February 2016 / 11:17 pm

    INSPIRED!!! I have lots of gold spray paint so think I may be getting a bit polka-dotty! #HomeEtc

    • 7th February 2016 / 7:23 pm

      Yes, do it!! They would look lush in gold too, I hope they turn out well! xx

  7. 6th February 2016 / 12:43 pm

    They look brill Becky, and very similar to something I have just created for the etsy shop. Never thought of using the stickers on the other glasses! Genius! 🙂 #KCACOLS xx

  8. 5th February 2016 / 4:34 pm

    Aaah you clever thing — this is right up my street!! I do love an IKEA hack!! And this one is super simple!! Fabulous! Still loving the copper trend in interiors, although I’ve got a feeling that bronze is going to be making a comeback soon too. Fab 🙂 Thanks for linking up lovely — I really appreciate it #HomeEtc
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  9. 4th February 2016 / 2:39 pm

    Ohhh what a lovely idea, I love the polka dots. When is copper NOT a lovely idea though? 🙂 #HomeEtc
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    • 4th February 2016 / 7:40 pm

      I totally agree, I would have it everywhere if I could! Thanks for visiting xx

    • 4th February 2016 / 7:42 pm

      Thanks Kara, it is pretty hard to get wrong, it just seems to go with everything, doesn’t it! xx

  10. 1st February 2016 / 9:01 pm

    These look great and so simple to make. I’ve pinned for future use! #KCACOLS
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    • 1st February 2016 / 9:08 pm

      Ah cool, so glad you like them, and happy pinning! xx

  11. 1st February 2016 / 2:01 pm

    This is such a lovely idea! simple but looks really chic and a great way to dress up some old jars I have! Thanks for Linking up to #KCACOLS hope to see you back next sunday 🙂 x
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    • 1st February 2016 / 8:57 pm

      Thanks so much, let me know how you get on xx

  12. 31st January 2016 / 5:03 pm

    What an ingenious little idea. Your photo really caught my attention and then when I clicked, I was surprised to see that it was such a quick and easy thing to make. I’m moving into a new house in a few weeks and have been looking for great DIY ideas – this one just got pinned!
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    • 31st January 2016 / 8:03 pm

      Ah thanks so much I’m so pleased you like it! Good luck with the house move, how lovely to have a nice blank canvas to work with! xx

    • 31st January 2016 / 8:04 pm

      Thanks so much Jess, pin away! xx

  13. 31st January 2016 / 10:41 am

    Brilliant idea, so cheap but lovely looking. Love the pen holder idea, I think I might just do the pen holder one with my jam jars. Thanks for sharing on #kcacols
    Amanda.

    • 31st January 2016 / 8:05 pm

      Ah thanks Amanda, I love how cheap and cheerful it is, even better with jam jars xx

  14. Kelly Robinson
    31st January 2016 / 10:12 am

    These look so cool and so affective! I will definitely give these ago for garden parties in the summer. #KCACOLS

    • 31st January 2016 / 8:08 pm

      OOOh great idea, then if they get broken it doesn’t really matter! xx

  15. Gem
    31st January 2016 / 1:15 am

    These are gorgeous. I’m always in IKEA I bloody love that place. Next time I go I’ll be getting some and will have to try this out. Gem x #KCACOLS

    • 31st January 2016 / 8:07 pm

      He he you and me both – I LOVE it there! It’s so full of possibilities… xx

  16. 30th January 2016 / 11:34 pm

    I love these and they great yet really easy to do, brilliant! By the way Home Bargains have some really nice copper bits on at the moment if you need any more #KCACOLS
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    • 30th January 2016 / 11:42 pm

      Oooh don’t tell me that, my husband will kick me out 😉 So far my copper is contained in the office but if I get much more, it will have to spread into the rest of the house (fine be me!) Thanks for reading xx

  17. 22nd January 2016 / 12:43 pm

    I love these and I am totally feeling the copper theme. I have been looking for a nice desk lamp and I’ll have to get my desk sorted soon too. Thanks for this great DIY #MakingHome

    • 23rd January 2016 / 9:39 pm

      Thanks so much, I love my copper lamp, it’s so pretty! And I love how easy it has been to make my own bits and bobs to go with it, just with spray paint! xx

  18. 19th January 2016 / 1:12 pm

    These are great, it’s so effective with the sticky dots too! #TwinklyTuesday

    • 20th January 2016 / 9:58 am

      Thanks Fiona, it couldn’t be much easier, the kind of craft I love! xx

      • 30th January 2016 / 11:54 pm

        I have a new month of Trash2Treasure stating Monday, these would be great on there, I hope you might pop by.

        • 31st January 2016 / 8:09 pm

          Ah that sounds lovely, thanks for letting me know Fiona! xx

  19. 19th January 2016 / 10:36 am

    These look great, so simple yet so effective. Great tutorial!

    I’m loving copper lately and look forward to seeing your office.

    #TwinklyTuesday

    • 19th January 2016 / 10:45 am

      Thanks so much Leanne, I need to get the sewing machine out for the curtains but other than that we are pretty much finished in the office, yay! Thanks for reading xx

  20. 19th January 2016 / 10:18 am

    Ooh I love a bit of copper at the moment- gorgeous! I have copper craft paint but might need to invest in some spray for a nice smooth finnish like yours 🙂

    • 19th January 2016 / 10:46 am

      He he I’m glad to have found a fellow copper-a-holic! I do love the spray paint – it’s so much quicker than using a brush especially for bigger things! xx

  21. 17th January 2016 / 8:59 pm

    I don’t know if my comment went through so trying again 🙂 These look fantastic, such a great idea, so simple and yet so, so effective! x

    • 18th January 2016 / 10:45 am

      Hi Donna, the other comment must have got lost in cyberspace! Thanks so much, I’m so pleased you like them! It couldn’t really be easier, which I think is the best part! xx

  22. 17th January 2016 / 9:20 am

    Such a fab idea! They are so simple but look really stylish.

    • 18th January 2016 / 10:26 am

      Thanks so much Lyndsay, I was really pleased how well they turned out, so I’m glad you like them too. I’m waiting for a nicer day so I can do my others! xx

  23. 15th January 2016 / 8:08 pm

    I have such a love of all things copper at the moment. My friends had new radiators installed and all I could do was coo over the copper piping.

    Such a lovely idea and really effective.

    Ali
    #makinghome

    • 15th January 2016 / 8:13 pm

      Thanks so much Ali, it’s my favourite metallic as it is so warm, and goes with everything! Xx

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