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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50 thoughts on “Quick, Easy DIY Copper Polkadot Tea Light Holders: IKEA Hack

  1. Lins @Boo & Maddie says:

    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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    • Becky Pink says:

      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. Clare says:

    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

  3. OneDizzyBee says:

    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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  4. Amanda says:

    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

  5. Gem says:

    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

    • Becky Pink says:

      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

  6. Annie B says:

    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

    • Becky Pink says:

      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

  7. Ali Beighton says:

    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.


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