Make a fun candle out of an old tea cup!
I always wanted to make an antique tea cup candle! After purchasing a simplistic candle making kit on etsy.com I decided to give it a try! Here are my simple instructions.
The kit cost me $15 and the tea cups cost me around $4 each from thrift stores (including the saucer which makes it prettier).
Well worth the time and energy!
Use these as gifts, wedding table decorations, tea time decor, the possibilities are endless!
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Start off by covering your work surface. I used ghost place mats from the 99 cent store.
I do not have a double boiler, so I took a wax pouring container and sat it in a pot of water, set to low heat on my stove. I put a small amount (an inch or two) of wax in the pouring container. It is easier to melt the wax a little at a time. Add more as it melts.
Stir your wax constantly! Don't let it sit. Wax can catch on fire if it gets hot...hence the fire extinguisher!
Once the small amount of wax you put in melts, add more. There is no science to this (actually I am sure there is, except I don't know it) so you will have to guestimate how much wax you will need.
Obviously one cup will need less wax then 6 cups!
After all the wax you want to melt is melted add coloring. Add a little bit at first and mix with wooden spoon. If you want more add more.
NOTE: I never had made candles before, and forgot that the wax was going to get milky. I choose a color that resembled tea, but after the wax cooled down, it looked like orange milk. So keep this in mind when mixing your colors!
Now carefully pour the melted wax into your tea cups.
If you are doing more then one cup, and have them all lined up nice and pretty, and are right handed, start at the furthest teacup on the right and move your way towards the left. Trust me it makes the process easier!
Now we wait for the wax to start to look milky or cloudy.
Once the tea cups are safe to move without the threat of wax dripping on you, pkeep them out of harms (cats) way for a few hours.
I tried to put mine in the fridge to cool faster, but this made the wax crack and break. If this happens just remelt the wax and start from the beginning. You might need to add a bit more of the scent though!