Wednesday, January 25, 2012

DIY: Teacups Candles

Are you looking for a cute Valentine's present for your friends? Or you have bits of old candles around the house... how about making your own candle using cute teacups or any fun container you already have? I actually thought I was going to do some this Sunday but never got around it. I promise you is super easy and you'll have your house smelling deli.

Here is a step by step:

You will need:
~ Glue Gun
~ Candle Thermometer ( or you can also use a candy thermometer)
~ Pre-waxed Wire Wick with clip
~ Creme Wax and or pieces of old candle from your home
~ Bag clippers or bamboo sticks
~ Scent for Candles (you can do rose, vanilla, lavender, etc)
~ Vintage Silver Containers or tea cups or any other container you like!!
~ Double boiler (in my case I use an old pan with an aluminum cookie cutter in the middle and on top a glass container, measuring jar, and then I pour some water). the important thing is that the water is not supposed to touch the glass container.

1. Set the double boiler with water, cut wax and place it inside container. Hook on the thermometer. Burner on high.
2. Glue the wire core wick clip using the glue gun at the bottom of the containers you are using.
3. Hang wick by off a bamboo stick so that the wick is nice and straight. You can also use a bag sealer clip to grab wick, it just need to be long enough.

5. Once the wax is melted and gets to about 180F, take it out of the stove and add color. Wait until it get to 175F and add scent (don't bee shy when adding really needs a lot).
6. Pour the wax into each container making sure the wick stays in place.
7. I let it sit a little and then i added the rose petals so they sited at the top.
8. I checked them for the next half an hour on and off to make sure the wick was still in place...

......and voila fabulous candles in literally and hour or less!!!

Here is another option using metal pastry cups! Very cute!

{Images via Georgica Pond and tutorial mine as seen before here}


Champagne Cocktails, Cashmere Dreams said...

this is such an amazing idea!! my mom collects fine china tea cups too (from over the years at garage/estate sales)!! great DIY post!

Hannah said...

This is SUCH a good idea. I always come across dainty tea cups that are adorable but I know I'll never use them, but this is doable!

Champagne Lifestyle on a Beer Budget

Jill said...

Great idea! I do have a lot of mismatched teacups that I don't use. Perfect DIY.

Janet Saucedo @StudioBlueJewelry said...

So cute. Beautiful idea.


All Glam Things said...

How pretty!


sécia said...

How lovely!

♥ sécia

Messy Little Monsters said...

What a beautiful post!
I can just smell the pretty pastel fragrances...


SHIKI a. said...

How cute. Love this post <3

Janis said...

love this idea! I will have to be on the lookout for some interesting teacups! xo

Punctuation Mark said...

these are such a great idea... especially when you have spare ones!

Casa Très Chic said...

Lovely and creative idea.
These teacups are beautiful, nice gift.
Warm hugs from Brasil.

christine said...

I've seen these around in the markets in London. Very pretty. x said...

absoluteley lovely love
from Sweden

Mel@Georgica Pond said...

Just found your post on my Candle Tea Cups via Centsational Girl - amazing how popular this has been. Looks lovely. Thanks for the mention.

Anonymous said...

Does hobby lobby have a class on candle making?

crichlow said...

Beautiful just beautiful. I would like to introduce you to we have organic, soy vintage inspired teacup candles.

Toni @ Absolute Perfection, London said...

They are indeed very beautiful and perfect as table candles / favours for weddings. Our American clients adore them!

You can find decent quality ready made candles from around £10 online.

Unfortunately the DIY option tends to be rather difficult if you need large quantities for a wedding. Good quality, second hand fine bone china is snapped up in the markets in London.

Great website btw!

abby barlow said...

I love this idea! i really want to do this for sure

Liz Stevens said...

These are so sweet! Love the teacups you chose!


Heather - Chickabug said...

Finally, a useful to deal with rogue teacups! Thanks for posting! : )

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