This little project was done during a “Pinterest Party” I held a while back. That was a fun party, hoping to do a fall themed one soon. (I will start a Fall pinterest party board…check me out there as Bekhiann) If you have been on Pinterest looking for cute crafty things, you have probably come across some teacups repurposed into candles. This is not a new idea, I know, but I am sharing with you because they are just so darn cute, and simple to make- which is part of my crafting mantra if you haven’t noticed by the title of this blog.
The first thing is to collect your teacups. I find them randomly at thrift stores, sometimes they are lonely single little teacups, sometimes I can score a whole set. This was my first attempt at making candles, and I was glad to have a friend around at the party who is a pro, and had some tips:
1. Use a thermometer- never exceed the temperature recommended by the wax manufacturer, and melt the wax very, very slowly (I used a double boiler) Apparently, wax will actually start on fire if it gets too hot, too quickly. I chose wax that was already dyed and scented, but there is no end to color/scent choices out there.
2. Use a pencil, skewer, anything that you can lay across the top of your teacup and wrap the tip of your wick around the skewer so it stays sticking straight up. (Brilliant, I would have never thought of that)
3. When filling your teacup, leave some room at the top and allow to set/cool just a little bit. You will notice a little ditch in the center, around the wick. When it is cooled enough, pour just one more splotch of melted wax into this ditch for a nice, flat topped candle.
3. Everything that touches the wax must never be used to make food again. So choose your tools wisely, maybe from a thrift store or garage sale.
4. Light your candle and enjoy your handiwork!