This beaded Christmas gift tealight decorations pattern gives you three designs. Each will create a cute Christmas gift, 2″ in size, that houses a tealight. Arrange the gifts, stack them and light them up for decoration. Let me tell you more about the project.
Your three Christmas gift designs are each made with different materials. So, you may choose to make all three designs, or just one or two. You can certainly make multiple gifts in each design to create a colourful display.
The superduo gift uses size 11 seed beads, size 8 seed beads and superduos.
For the delica gift, you will need size 10 delicas. This can also be made with size 11s, and I have included some advice on how to do that, in the tutorial.
The third gift is made with size 8 seed beads in two colours.
All three gifts will also require fireline beading thread. I recommend crystal fireline because you will need to work with transparent beads in order to allow the light to shine through. However, this means that the thread can also be slightly visible. So, the crystal fireline is a great choice to minimise the impact of this.
Experience and Techniques
This tutorial is for intermediate to advanced beaders because it assumes you already know some of the basic beading techniques. However, I have also linked to an online class that you can use if you need to refresh your memory or learn something new.
All three designs use Peyote stitch. So, it will help if you are familiar with odd count, circular and tubular Peyote. One parcel also uses basic Cubic Right Angle Weave. Again, I have assumed that you know how to do this technique.
About the beaded Christmas Gift Tealight Decorations
This tutorial gives you 18 pages of instructions. These are written instructions, with diagrams and photos to illustrate key steps. I have included basic technique reminders, but they do assume a certain amount of pre-existing knowledge.
These Christmas gift tealights are fairly quick to make – the superduo gift can be made in under two hours. The Delica and CRAW gifts take a little longer, but can be completed in a weekend. So, you can build up a lovely display with ease.
The inspiration for this idea came from a display I once saw in a shop. They had created much larger gifts that were lit up and stacked to look like presents stacked under a Christmas tree. I realised it would be possible to do the same with beads!
The tealights that light up the gifts are standard sized battery-operated light. The tutorial gives you the exact details and a link to purchase them.
You can have a lot of fun mixing up colours to create a display that looks just as good unlit as it does when lit up! And, if you want to try more decorations with tea lights inside, let me start by recommending this Snow Globe.