Happy New year 2013 : DIY craft – Glass bangles tea light candle

Not long to go to celebrate New Year. We all look forward to it with eagerness and happiness hoping that the New Year brings in joy, health, prosperity and brightness to our home and in our heart.

Glass bangles tea light candles

Why not brighten your home this New Year with glass bangles tea light candle? It is fun and easy to make and you can involve your toddler in this project. All you need is unused glass bangles that is long forgotten and stored away in a box. Thanks to my aunts who gave their unused glass bangles for this DIY project.

I love upcycling various unused things at home that are lying dormant, converting them to something useful or fancy. The end result is surprising when you give those unused things a complete makeover.

What is Upcycling?

Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value. The goal of upcycling is to prevent wasting potentially useful materials by making use of existing ones. This reduces the consumption of new raw materials when creating new products. Reducing the use of new raw materials can result in a reduction of energy usage, air pollution, water pollution and even greenhouse gas emissions.

(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upcycling)

Glass Bangles:

In India, wearing bangles are considered auspicious and forms an inevitable part of a woman’s ornaments, especially during special occasions like wedding and baby showers.

Glass bangles tea light candles

Glass bangles of different colours

In South Indian custom, a function is held for expecting mothers called “Valakkapu & Seemantham” (Bangle ceremony for expecting mother part of the Baby shower) during seventh or eighth month gestation where the elders in the family and friends bless the mother and the baby for a safe delivery and happy motherhood. As part of the custom, the expecting mother wears glass bangles during her “Valakkapu & Seemantham”. It is believed that the tinkling sound of the glass bangles comforts the baby in the womb. (What a lovely concept!)

Glass bangles tea light candles

Glass bangles for my “Valakkapu & Seemantham” when I was expecting my daughter

Glass bangles tea light candle:

Things you need -

  • Glass bangles of same size and different colors – 1 dozen.
  • Glue – Fevicol brand.
  • A thick cardboard base.
  • Tea light candle.
Glass bangles tea light candles

A thick cardboard with Gold shine on top

How to make it -

  • Cut a cardboard to size that acts as a base for the tea light candle and the bangles.
  • Glue the bottom of a glass bangle to the cardboard and leave it to dry.
  • Apply the glue on top of the bangle that is stuck to the cardboard and stick the other bangle on top of it.
  • Continue this process until all the bangles are glued on top of each other.
  • Place a note book on top of the bangles and leave the glue to dry.
Glass bangles tea light candles

Place a note book on top to dry

Your glass bangles tea light cande will definitely brighten your home this New Year.

Glass bangles tea light candles

Glass bangles tea light candle in the night

Bye for now. Have a lovely New Year 2013. Best wishes from PetalDew - Nature’s nurture.


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