Tealight Cake

by Anne Harada

Turn an electric tealight into a birthday cake.


  • One flameless battery-operated tealight

  • One 5” x 3/4” strip of patterned paper for the cake's side

  • Cardstock or patterned paper for the scalloped cake top

  • Scrap paper to use as a pattern

  • Adhesive

  • Scallop circle punch or scallop circle die

  • Pencil

  • Craft knife and cutting mat

  • Embellishments


  1. Step 1

    Adhere the 5” x 3/4” strip of patterned paper around the side of the tealight.

  2. The height of the band will hide the legs under the tea light.

  3. Step 2

    Punch a scrap piece of paper with the scallop circle punch to use as a pattern. Fold into quarters, and then snip a very tiny piece of the corner off.

    Save this pattern with your stash of tealights for use on future cakes.

  4. Step 3

    Punch the cardstock with the same Scallop Circle punch. This will be the top of the cake.

  5. Step 4

    Find the center of your scalloped cake top by positioning your pattern over your cake top. Mark the center.

  6. Step 5

    Using a craft knife, cut four ½” intersecting lines across the center of the cake top.

  7. Step 6

    Apply glue to the top surface of the tealight.

  8. Slip your cake top over the flame of the tealight. Press to adhere.

  9. Step 7

    Bend the scalloped edges down over the side of the cake.

  10. Step 8

    The basic tealight cake is complete. You can now embellish your tealight cake as you choose for any occasion.

  11. Design a matching mini card to complement your creation! The finished mini card with this project is 2” x 2-1/2”.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Tealight Cake. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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Toooooo Cute. Just love it. What a great little addition to a card. TFS!
Wendy  |  Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 8:26 AM
Thank you for a darling, clever and easy project! Can't wait to make them for my daughter's birthday.
Cathy  |  Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 8:32 AM
I LOVE this cute idea! I will definitely be making one of these for the next birthday person I know! Thank you!
Lori  |  Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 8:33 AM
What a neat idea!! Great idea for my grandchildren.
Rosie  |  Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 8:41 AM
Anne, these are so cute! Trust you to come up with something so adorable. You are such an amazing artist!
Julie  |  Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 8:45 AM
These are so gorgeous!!! My friend is getting married early next year. I think I will offer to make these for her tables!!!!
SusieQ  |  Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 9:31 AM
I was looking for something really cute to make for my friend birthday this week. A big THANKS!!! for providing such a cute idea.
Kendria  |  Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 9:31 AM
Anne, you clever and creative genius!!! I totally love this and now will have to run out and get some of these tealights. Thanks so much for your fabulous tutorial.
Joanne (sleepyinseattle)  |  Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 9:56 AM
OMG! This is so adorable! I will be stopping at the dollar store for some tealights today! =)
Julz  |  Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 10:11 AM
Lisa  |  Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 10:14 AM
Absolutely CUTE!! Mother's Day gifts for my daughter and daughters-in-law!! Can't wait to make my first one!
Peggy  |  Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 10:44 AM
Thanks Anne, that is one of the coolest ideas I have seen in a while!
kim  |  Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 10:49 AM
This is awesome!! I now have my 3-D project for clubs next month!! Will post mine as soon as I have it done.

Thanks so much for sharing!!
April  |  Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 11:19 AM
Wow! I'm blown away by the simplicity of this project. Even I, with my fumbly fingers, can make this. Off I go to buy tea lights. Thanks so much for sharing.
Gail  |  Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 11:55 AM
Oh dear, oh dear, I've never seen anything so cute. I know the Dollar Tree sells them so off I go to get my packages. Thank you for this perfectly adorable idea.
Mary Ann Huntington  |  Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 1:07 PM
where can u get the tea lights? thank u
karen charette  |  Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 1:17 PM
darn, i want to go home now and make one of these! sitting here wondering if my nestabilities scalloped circle would work because i would like to make a 2 or 3 layered cake, with the tealight as the top layer. i would need find something suitable for the 2nd or 3rd layer. i know i'll find something at home.
lupe martinez  |  Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 1:30 PM
Can you say WEDDING FAVORS?? I bet there is a lot I could do with white-on-white, especially using SU's Bride paper, and their white Smooch Spritz, and the Pretties Kit.... Yum!
Charly  |  Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 2:52 PM
What a fantastic, easy project! I LOVE IT!! I was wondering, too, where your purchased your tealights and what size they are.

Thank you for an AWESOME tutorial!! I can even do this!! smile
Judy  |  Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 3:32 PM
loved the idea!! Cute simple and fun enough!
jeanne  |  Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 5:08 PM

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