Tea Light HoldersDiwali is little over a month away, and we think we’re going to be ahead of the curve this year. No more last minute rushing about, frantically looking for ideas. Instead, we have planned ahead and will be working on our supplies, every week leading up to Diwali (watch this space for more). The first project that we worked on was these pretty DIY tea light holders. Like most people, we prefer using tea lights on Diwali as compared to diyas. They’re a lot more practical to use. On the other hand, they’re definitely not the prettiest option. So, we wanted to make something that’s pretty, easy to use and can be made in large numbers (not going to use 4 diyas, are you? didn’t think so). And, these embellished Diwali Tea Light Holders are exactly that.

Diwali Candles holders

Now, I know what you’re thinking – rhinestones are a pain to work with and take a lot of time. In most cases, I agree with you. They’re not my choice of decorations to work with either. But, it’s Diwali! And that calls for something a bit more decorative. Plus, you have the option to decorate, as much or as little as you like. That way, you can limit the amount of time and effort that you spend on it. In fact, we made all three of these holders in 30 minutes. Here’s how.

Time taken: 30 minutes

Budget: Low


  • Coasters
  • Rhinestones
  • Glitter (optional)
  • Disposable cups
  • Tea lights
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Glue

tea light candle holders


The first step is to plan out your colours and the design in which you would like to place your rhinestones. If you’re a beginner, then I would suggest going with a few colours and adding them in simple patterns. On the other hand, if you’re experienced, you can add stones in curves and fill up the base of the holder. Just make sure to leave some space in the centre or on one corner of the coaster for the cup to be placed on.

Once the design has been planned out, paint the coaster, the rim of the coaster and your plastic cup in block colours. You want to add thick coats of paint, to make sure the base doesn’t shine through.

homemade diwali tea light holders

You can also pop your tea light out of it’s metal case and paint it in the same or a contrasting colour.

After the paint has dried, place and paste your embellishments. You can also add touches of glitter to add some extra sparkle.

For the last step, paste the painted cups in the middle of the coaster, so that it doesn’t move about. And, add the tea light to it.

How to make Diwali Tea Light Holders

And there you have it, simple and pretty DIY Tea light holders for Diwali! What I especially like about this design, is that their easy to carry around. You can hold the coaster to pick it up and the tea light can be replaced easily as well. So, you can use them for a while.

Easy to make diyas

DIY Diwali Tea Light Holders

What do you think of our DIY tea light holders and how would you like to make them? Leave a comment in the section below and tell us about your ideas!