This is the fourth in a series of last minute gift ideas from ’round the Web counting down to the 25th of December. All the projects can be done very quickly and require minimal supplies. Let us know if you do any of these projects. Enjoy!

From, using empty tealight holders, this last minute gift could be specifically for the holidays, a bedroom, a patio or just for fun. And homemade means that you can customize based on decor, favorite colors or time of year. Could be a great project to do with your kiddos, just be careful because you are working with metal. As DIYAlert suggests, you might wear gloves to protect your hands.



  • One string of mini-lights. White light is nice, because it allows you to see all the
    colors in your finished collars.
  • Metal cups from used-up tealights. You’ll need one for every light there is on your
    light string.
  • Sharpie marker.
  • Scissors. These should not be your expensive scissors, by the way.
  • Paper hole punch. You need one that makes a hole at least 3/8” diameter.
    An old-fashioned paper punch will work better than a craft-punch for this project. And your punch should be pretty heavy-duty.
  • Glue. Use a glue for non-porous surfaces, like E6000.
  • Shiny things, such as glitter, flat-backed gems, beads, sequins, etc.

This is a great recycling project. You could also use EcoGlue in place of E6000. It’s eco-friendly. According to Dollar Store Crafts, JoAnn Fabrics has tea lights – 100 for $5. For all the instructions, visit DIYAlert.