With an old candle around the house and a $1.25 trip to a thrift store for an old tea cup and saucer, I decided to make my own holiday presents for minimal cost, time and effort. I

Step 1:

With some warm water, an empty and rinsed can of beans, a candle and something to break a candle will get you started on this project.

Step 2:

You can buy wax flakes, but that it's nearly as enjoyable/stress-relieving/cheap as defacing an innocent vanilla candle. With a chopping board underneath and your demolishing device of choice, go nuts breaking the up the wax and saving the wick when you reach the middle.

Step 3:

Waxy bits all diced up and ready to be melted. Place in tin in hot water and let the melting begin.

Step 4:

Once it's melted to a liquid, pick your poison of tea cup, cut a wick thats long enough with at least a 1/2 inch to spare over the top of the tea cup and pour away.  In order to have the wick stay above the wax, I held it up with a cloths pin on top of the tea cup.  I also used chopsticks taped together for another one seen in the picture.  Let it set and dry and pretty soon you'll have a candle in a tea cup.

Step 5:

And there you have it.  Happy burning.
<p>Instead of teacups I used some containerss I found at the trift store.</p>
<p>The tea cup candle looks so pretty and it is so simple to make. This would be great for a tea party and is such a great gift.</p><p>Thank you for making such a great instructable!!!</p>
Nice, I like this. I hope to make one soon.

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