Vintage Teacup Candles // DIY

Sunday, September 8, 2013

     So while surfing Pinterest the other day, I found an amazing DIY on how to make little candles out of vintage teacups, and thought it would be a great project for my mom and I while I'm here in Arizona and also make lovely little gifts. While the original tutorial is here and is amazing, I thought I'd do my own little version for all you readers.

     First off you'll need your supplies, which I got at a Hobby Lobby that just opened here in Sierra Vista. I had never been in one before and fell totally in love! It's a shame there aren't any near me in Washington. Here's what you'll need from your local craft store:
  • Candle wax flakes, I used soy flakes - 1 bag $9.99
  • Candle dye - Box of 3 colors $2.99
  • Candle scents - 1 scent $2.99
  • Candle wicks - 1 package $2.79
  • Wooden skewers - 1 package $2.99
     Then, of course, you'll need to locate some teacups! Goodwill is always a good place to start, however the Goodwill here didn't have any, so my mom and I hit up a locally owned, smaller thrift shop and found a ton of cute little cups. 

     The teacups were by far the priciest part of this little project, ranging from $10-12 a cup.

     Now there are a few things you'll need once you're home:
  • A shallowish pan, like a sauce pan
  • A glass measuring cup, or just a smaller pan that you can pour easily out of
  • Potholders 
  • Tape
  • Paper towels or a dish cloth
  • Scissors
     And now to get started! The first thing you'll want to do is to just quickly wash out your cups, just to remove any dirt or dust before beginning. 
      After you've done that, take a wick and straighten it out, they may come out of the package a little bent and skewed. Next, take two wooden skewers and tape them together on one end. Place a wick on the bottom of one of your cups, and then, resting the skewers on the rim of the cup, open one end and place the wick in between the skewers, so that the skewers can hold the wick in the center of the cup. Then, tape the other two ends of the skewers, so it all stays in place.

     After that, you're going to fill your larger sauce pan with water and set that to a boil, pour your wax flakes into the glass measuring cup or smaller pan, and set that into the water, like the set up of a double boiler. I found that I needed a lot more flakes than I thought for one cup, so use a liberal amount of flakes. 

     The flakes will melt semi-quickly once the water heats up, and you'll want to stir them occasionally, which I just used two wooden skewers for. Once the flakes are totally melted and clear, you can add your dye and scent! The dye works kind of like food coloring, but it's good to keep in mind that when the wax dries, it will become paler and cloudy. I was pretty liberal with the dye and scent, and enjoyed mixing both. 
     Once you've stirred it all together, use a pot holder to grab the cup and a paper towel or cloth to wipe away the water from the outside. Pour the melted wax into the cup, I just moved the wick to the side while I did this and then back to the center when I was done. The liquid wax should be about 1/2 an inch from the top of the cup.

     And now for the hardest part, the wait! Go watch some TV or read a book, or however you like to pass the time, while your candles set.
     Once they are all dry and hard, take your scissors and, placing them right under the skewers, cut your wick and throw away the leftover.

     And you're done! Light one of your candles or stick them on a shelf or give them away, whatever you so please! 

     I am absolutely in love with how simple these were to make and how darling they came out! Some of the scents that my mom and I ended up mixing up were:
  • Cranapple spice, in the two matching cups, one for my mom and one I plan to give to Michael's mother
  • Vanilla cappuccino for my Cousin Sarah 
  • Patchouli vanilla for me in the cup with the orange and yellow flowers
  • And my mom made a plain cappuccino one for herself
     I hope this tutorial was easy and inspiring, if anyone tries it out, let me know how it goes, or any tips you may have!

Love and Sunshine,
Rya Pie