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
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
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
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
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
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!
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.