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Tea Light Snowman and Owl Christmas Ornaments

Tea Light Snowman and Owl Christmas Ornaments
Tea Light Snowman and Owl Christmas Ornaments
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Make DIY tea light ornaments that will be a total hit on your Christmas tree. The darling tea light snowman and owl are easy Christmas crafts to make. Learn how to turn ordinary tea lights into precious snow people, and turn a cardboard tube into an owl, too!

Adding extra light to the tree is always so festive, and little LED tea lights are a safe and easy way to do so. Kids will love seeing the mini candles transform into snowmen as you do this craft together. Same goes for the owl's transformation!

Enjoy adding new ornaments to your tree this season.

Estimated Cost$11-$20

Time to CompleteIn an evening

MaterialsRecycled Materials



Project TypeMake a Project


Tea Light Snowman

Expand the use of tea lights and LED candles to craft easy holiday ornaments and table decor. This can be a most enjoyable time of year with all of the holiday crafting and baking, along with its celebrations, gatherings, and functions. But it can be a stressful time, too; especially when it comes to gifting and decorating creativity. Relax and review some of these craft ideas I've gathered for you!

I saw the first project below last Christmas season but never got around to making any. So this year it was the first craft project on my list to do and share. A benefit to having been delayed a year, there are multiple variations now! This project's main component are a set of tea lights like the ones Leisure Arts sells (#47150). 

  1. The goal is to make Christmas tree ornaments that look like snowmen using the tea lights. Last year when I started gathering supplies I never could find a stove pipe hat so I moved on and chose a felt stocking cap. Luckily I found one misplaced pack of six and bought them.

  2. I tried to purchase another set of the felt stocking caps [in the same size] as I found last year, but they couldn't be found in a local brick-and-mortar store. After not feeling positive about my manipulating ribbon and glue to replicate a scarf, I just experimented with pipe cleaners and really liked the result. Here is a picture of most of my supplies; some supplies were added as modifications to the original tea light snowman were made.

  3. Oh, I'm beginning to have a holiday smile on my face!

  4. I added a little more personality to each of the light's characters. The Snow Lady has long eyelashes with a warm chenille pipe cleaner scarf. She's wearing ear muffs crafted out of a smaller piece of pipe cleaner and mini poms-poms. Snowman Santa has a gift with him!

Owl Ornament

  1. My next project was also inspired by a Pin I saw last year using toilet paper cardboard tubes to fashion owl ornaments.

  2. I painted my owl a fairly true-to-life color and added details using my black Sharpie marker. As I was looking at the owl's detailed face and feathers, and thinking about its placement on a tree or wreath, it dawned on me to make it a luminary IF a tea light would fit inside the cardboard tube. I had not planned on the owl decoration to be a luminary, so I had to carefully cut slits through the layers of painted cardboard. Next, I used Loctite® Fun-Tak® to hold the tea light in place.

  3. Guess what; a tea light from Leisure Arts was the PERFECT FIT!

  4. I hot glued a wooden clothespin (Leisure Arts #48158) to the back of the owl so I could perch it anywhere on a tree or wreath. I think the angle of my feather slits need to changed, and the feathers need to be opened more to enhance more illumination.

  5. I think I'll experiment with another owl and circular holes.

  6. I checked the "better" illumination by sitting my owl in the office's semi-darkened mail room. I think the red owl will look great on a tree with the tea light snow people!

  7. Now to show you all three tea light ornaments clustered together: Snowman Santa, Snow Lady and Owl. I like the brighter color used to paint the owl red. I think I'll lean towards making more owls in a variety of folk art colors and add whimsical details around the eyes, feathers and wings.

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Anything to do with Santa is my favorite ornament. Love that these light up. thanks

the owl could have holes in center eyes. especially for halloween time. also if you have some plastic balls lrg enuff for the tea lights you can carefully cut a hot in the back to insert the tea lights - gives an extra glow. let's see, what else -- I know, take old and larger christmas cards saved from the year. trim them and using a sharp awl or lrg darning needle, carefully poke holes in lights, out lining a window or a character. then roll and tape/glue the edges together. Christmas card luminaries. been a slice ciao

I love my nativity scenes and red bird ornaments best!

I love glittery glass balls. But these snowmen are cute too. I will have to make some.

Love the snow man. Made some for my grandchildren (and my tree of course.

I have a lead crystal Snoopy with a red Santa hat that I love.

I don't have a favorite.

My favorite ornament is blue glass bird, an ornament that belonged to my parents and was purchased before I was born. It is a pretty blue. I hope to pass this bid down to my kids.

Homemade ornaments of any kind...

Homemade ornaments are always my favorite,

Just too cute!


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