I recently started helping my mother plan her wedding, as luck would have it my friend Paula at TheKnot tapped me to submit DIY tutorials for brides who want to do it themselves.
This recycled teacup soy candle project will be used to decorate the tables at my mothers after party, they are beautiful and may even give you something to do with all of that old china.
Additionally, are great as gifts and fairly inexpensive, its all about how resourceful you are.
Though I used teacups you can also use travel tins like the ones they have at the container store or Altoids tins, they are travel sized and convenient.
Step 1: Supplies
1 pound of Soy wax in flake form ([ Lone star supply)
1 Pyrex measuring cup ( or something similar to Pyrex)
1-3 Recycled Tea cups ( went to Good Will )
1 pack of Candle Wicks
Double sided tape if your making your own wicks
2-6 knives/pencils/chopsticks ( two per container)
Wax Dye (not food coloring, it will clog your wick)
Essential oil or candle Fragrance
Step 2: Clean
Clean and dry all of your containers
Wipe down with Alcohol to remove grease and fingerprints
Step 3: Melting
Using the pyrex container or a double boiler, melt the pound of soy wax
remove from heat
Using the thermometer, wait until mixture is cooled to 170-180 degrees. It must be at this temperature because if it is too high it will burn off, and if its too low it wont bind to the wax.
Step 4: Temprature
A after it has cooled to 170- 180 degrees add 1oz of fragrance
One 1 fl ounce of fragrance oil scents 16 ounces of soy wax, or use 30-40 drops of essential oil. Mix well.
Step 5: Add Color
Wait until wax is at 150 degrees Now stir 15-20 drops of wax coloring if desired
Step 6: Wick
Place wick t the bottom of container, use double sided tape to secure it .
Step 7: Pour
Place clean dry container on aluminum foil,
Remove wax from pan ( if you are using a Pyrex container then pour in) and pour in wax slowly until soy wax is about 1/2 inch from the top.
Step 8: Hold Er Up
Place knives ( or whatever yo chose) on either side of candle to prevent it from falling at it cools.
Don't touch it! Soy wax needs to cool completely
Step 9: All DONE!
Wait 3-4 days for the candle to cure, to ensure the best results.