Last year I posted about the pretty teacup candles I’d made, and as I spent one morning at the weekend creating a couple more, I thought it would be nice to post a little “how to” guide. They’re so easy to make, and considering how lovely they are and how much companies charge for them, this is a very rewarding craft project.
What you’ll need:
- Tea cups
- Eco Soya Wax
- Candle wick – you’ll need to select the correct thickness based on the diameter of your cups
- Metal wick tabs
- Wooden skewers
- Blu tack
- Large pan and small saucepan
- Create a ban marie with the pans. Half fill the large pan with water and place the small pan inside it.
- Measure the wax. I found I needed twice the volume of my chosen cups in wax flakes to create enough of the melted wax to fill them.
- Put the wax into the smaller pan and heat on a medium heat to melt it.
- Once the wax is melted, add any scent you’ve chosen. I used specific candle scent, which I’ve read you need 1oz of oil for 1lb of wax. However, the ginseng oil I was using wasn’t a particularly strong scent so I added extra. I’ve also read you can use essential oil instead, which I’ll try next time!
- Cut a length of the wick longer than the height of the cup, pull through the metal tab, and use a small blob of blue tack to stick the tab to the bottom of the inside of the cup.
- Use two skewers taped together to hold the wick upright inside the cup.
- Pour the melted wax into the cup and leave to harden. Don’t move the cup until it is solid, and I also lightly covered mine so that no specks of dust would land on the soft wax surface.
- Trim the wick
They make lovely gifts!