T-Light Flowers

T-Light Flowers

Today’s project was made by my mom (the first “K” in K & K Crafters). I am in LOVE with this project. She has made so many of these flowers in so many colors and each one is absolutely gorgeous! They make wonderful little gifts for friends, family, coworkers…maybe even pop one in your mailbox for your mail carrier that’s been working extra hard to deliver all the things we’ve been ordering since “social distancing” began.

Can you guess what those cute little petals are made from? I’ll give you a second to look….ok, time’s up. It’s the Light Bulb Builder Punch! Wuh?! Yep…Mom looked at the light bulb builder punch and saw flower petals. (Isn’t she awesome?!)

PSA: The Light Bulb Builder Punch will be retiring from the Stampin’ Up! catalog in June. Items are available while supplies last, so hurry to the Stampin’ Up! website and get your punch before they are gone.

Ok…now that the disclaimer is out of the way, let’s get building our flower.

T-Light Flower Supplies

Punch out a bazillion of those light bulbs aka flower petals. (Ok…maybe not a bazillion…but it was quite a few of them.) Once you have them punches out, use a dauber and your ink pad to edge the petals. (Some flowers we used the same color as the cardstock for a subtle detail, some we used a darker shade of the same color, and others we used a contrasting color…the options are limitless.) Shape the petals with your fingers.

Now to assemble. Measure the base of your t-light candle. You’ll need to know how thick to cut your green band. Measure around the the base as well, adding 1/4″ – 1/2″. Cut your band. Wrap your band around the base of the t-light and glue into place. We like to wrap a small rubber band around the base to hold it into place while it dries.

While you’ve got that green cardstock handy, go ahead and punch out a leaf. We used the leaf punch. (Also retiring in June 2020).

Building your t-light flower
(Quick Tip: We like to put some Tombow Multi Glue on our silicone craft mat and lightly dip the petal into the glue. When the project is done, let the remaining glue dry. When it dries, it wipes right off the mat! GENIUS!)

To start the flowers, you’ll need something to glue them to. We used a 1 3/8″ scalloped circle punch. Use a hole punch to cut out the center and press it down over the “flame” of your candle. Starting on the outside edge of the candle, start glueing your petals down to the base. Complete your first layer around, then another, then another until you get a full flower. (Some of our flowers have 3 layers, some have 4. It just depends on how full you make them.)

Don’t forget your leaves! Shape your leaves. Add a dab of glue to the tip and tuck it in under your petals.

Look at that nice full flower. See the detailing of the petals when you shape them?

Ta-Da! You’ve not got a beautiful flower! Your friends, family, and coworkers will love them. (Or keep it for yourself…we won’t judge.)

The color options are limitless!

7/10/2020 UPDATE: A page was forwarded to us of another demonstrator who saw our post on a demo page a while back and was inspired to make her own t-light candles. Beth at Wynning Creations used the Daisy Punch to make hers. How fun! 🙂

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