Introduction: Easy Teacup Candles

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Whenever I browse thrift stores, I always love looking at the mismatched teacups and china. Unfortunately, buying ten teacups is impractical, so making candles with them is an excellent use!

Step 1: Supplies

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First you'll need teacups (with or without saucers, both work). Next, you need wax. I used shaved soy wax because they are container candles. You also need wicks, which I will talk about in the next step. Lastly, you also likely want fragrance oils (I used Gardenia Jasmine). I decided not to color the wax because the teacups were already decorative.

Step 2: Making Wicks

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Originally, I bought pre-dipped, ready made wicks, but found them hard to center and balance. Instead, I made some by tying cotton yarn onto sticks and dipping them in melted wax.

Step 3: Melting the Wax

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Next, put the wax in a pan. The pan is now a candle-making pan only! Melt the wax over low heat. Most instructions say to use a double boiler, but low heat is just as good. (Please know that wax does not boil, and can catch fire if overheated to the point of smoking.)

Step 4: Scenting the Wax

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How much scent to add depends on the strength of the fragrance oil and personal preference. I used about half the bottle for one pound of wax. Also know that fragrance oils are different from essential oils, which are much stronger and more expensive.

Step 5: Pouring

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Once scented, pour the wax into the prepared cups (it's a good idea to have newspaper down for this). Place the cups in a spot where they won't be knocked over. My wax took about 3 hours to set, but to be safe, let them harden twenty-four hours before lighting.

Step 6: Enjoy!

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Once they are set, just trim the wicks and clean up any wax that spilled on the cups. If you have saucers, you can use them as a match holder.


MikeyWalnuts (author)2015-12-23

These look great! My girlfriend and I actually just made a couple of these for a friend's Xmas present. Unfortunately the beeswax in ours cracked during the setting though. Maybe next time we'll have to try soy wax instead

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