Halloween isn’t the only holiday coming up—soon, millions of people will be celebrating Diwali! Whether you are taking part in the upcoming festival of lights or just want to make pretty papercraft, these lotus tea light holders are just what you need.
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I always think it’s fun when my followers introduce me to new holidays that help me step outside of my own cultural background. Last year I designed my first-ever project celebrating Diwali. I had so much fun creating those colorful lamps that I knew that more Dawali projects would be in my future!
Watch a short video of me putting this project together on Instagram.
- Hot Glue
- Precision Craft Glue or Glue Stick
- Metallic Marker (optional)
- Bone Folder (optional)
- A Cutting Machine or X-ACTO knife
- My Free Template
How to Make It
1. Use your cutting machine or X-ACTO knife, along with my template, to cut out all of the pieces of your lotus tea light holders.
Note: If you are using the SVG files that includes the score lines, don’t forget to set them as such in Cricut Design Space and attach them to their shapes before sending them through your cutting machine. I used a lime green color to mark the score lines, so hopefully that helps! If you’re having trouble with the score lines, check out this video.
Assembling the 3D Vellum Flower
2. Start by tracing a gold outline around each of the petals. This is an optional step, but adds a nice effect!
Use a bone folder or other tool to curl each of the petals inward.
Attach your two middle pieces together—gluing them in the center.
3. Attach the two slightly larger layers underneath the previous ones.
For the largest layers, first, attach two petal layers together by overlapping the circles. Then, glue both layers beneath the other one to complete your lotus!
Assembling the 2D Flower
4. Start by layering the decorative outline layer and the backing piece together.
Next, take your lacy rectangular piece and fold all of the little tabs inward. Glue each tab to the underside of the circle piece.
Attach your finished tea light holder piece to the rest of the lotus.
When I originally set out to make this project, I had only planned to create the 3D lotus design. The 2D version was kind of an afterthought idea, to be honest. And, in the end, I think I actually like the 2D versions even more!
I use Adobe Illustrator for all of my designs, and a Cricut Maker to bring my creations to life. For tips on creating fun paper cuts like this one, see the FAQ section on my website. Also, be sure to check out the other fun freebies available on my blog!
Enjoy putting my lotus tea light holders together. And don’t forget to share your lovely finished creations with me on Instagram!
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PatriciaOctober 17, 2022 at 7:42 am (5 months ago)
Hello,Sorry. I’m Brazilian and my English is not good but I need to tell you that I like so much your designs.
I do not make nothing but I love to see it. This is really great.
MandeeOctober 17, 2022 at 10:58 am (5 months ago)
You are so sweet! Thanks so much for your kind comment!! I’m so glad that you enjoy seeing my designs. ❤️
SanjanaOctober 17, 2022 at 8:21 am (5 months ago)
Hi this is beautiful. Thank you. Where did you get the metal tea light holder?
MandeeOctober 17, 2022 at 10:59 am (5 months ago)
The gold sections on the flat lotuses are metallic paper. It does look like metal though. 🙂
The designs are included in the download!
sylvie rahaultNovember 30, 2022 at 5:38 am (4 months ago)
bonjour ,tout est magnifique,tellement feerique,j adore tout ce que vous faites c est genial et de plus de partager vos oeuvres c est encore plus beau
MandeeDecember 1, 2022 at 10:57 am (4 months ago)
Aww, thank you so much Sylvie! You are very kind. I’m so glad you enjoy my work!!