Archive | May, 2015

How to make teacup candles

With summer approaching (if what very slowly) many of us will be taking to our gardens
for barbeques and summer parties. So we are bringing you the craft of teacup candles,
the perfect way to decorate your table and if you scent them, fill your garden with
the smells of summer.
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What you will need:

  • Vintage teacups It doesn’t matter if the cups and saucers are mismatched either
    – they still look cute at the end!
  • a cooking thermometer (it needs to be able to measure up to 300F/150C
    (I used a jam one)
  • a double boiler. I don’t have a double-boiler, so I balanced a
    small metal bowl – with a spout for pouring the wax – on top of a metal ring
    (cookie-cutter) inside a large saucepan on the stove, then added boiling water to
    the large saucepan and adjusted the heat on the stove to keep the water bubbling,
    but not boiling over.  If the water runs low, you can top it up using a pre-boiled
    kettle (the large saucepan must not run dry).
  • a little blue-tac or 4x glue dots
  • approx 500g eco soya candle-making wax flakes for containerspre-waxed wicks for
    candle-making (I used 80mm length and cut them down a little once the candle had
    set)
  • 2-3ml natural fragrance oil (make sure you do not use alcohol or water-based
    fragrance).  I chose jasmine, but you could choose any scent you wanted and you
    could also combine 2 or 3 scents together.

 

Check how much soy wax you need to melt (the easiest way to do this is to measure
it out using the tea cups that you will be using as moulds: 2x teacups full of
wax flakes = 1 finished teacup candle).

Spread out some newspaper on your work surface and put your empty teacups on top.
Stick the wicks to the bottom of the teacups using the blue tac or glue dots and
use a pencil/skewer or two to hold the wicks upright.

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Place your wax in your double-boiler (or makeshift double-boiler – see above!)
and let it melt.  Never leave the melting wax unattended.  Once the melted wax
reaches 175F (80C), you can add your fragrance.  Take it off the heat and stir
gently for a few minutes to make sure the scent is mixed in evenly.

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Once the wax has cooled to 135F (57C), carefully pour the wax into your teacups
and re-centre the wicks if necessary.

 

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Apparently if you add a final layer of melted wax to the surface of the set candle,
it will give you a smooth, crack-free finish. And that’s it, let them set overnight
and they will be ready for use!

 

Credits: DIY and images from hodgepodgecraft.com

 

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Cosy Cat Tent

This weeks crafty blog post is all about your cat! Here at Wagtail and Willow
we love animals,and we can’t think of anything better than seeing your pet happy.

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What you will need:

  • a cat
  • a medium t-shirt
  • a 15 x 15 inch piece of cardboard (mine was 13×15 and a little wonky)
  • two wire hangers
  • tape
  • safety pins
  • something to cut the hangers with and help bend them – I used a large pair of pliers.

Step 1: Cut off both hook ends of the coat hanger.

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Step 2: Shape the hangers so they look like the below – try to make them smooth
and pretty uniform. You want two graceful curves that will go from corner to corner
of your piece of cardboard.

I also took this time to tape on a couple supports to the cardboard and tape all
around the edges for a little more stability. This is really only necessary if
you’re using a piece of cardboard with a crease in it.

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Step 3: Next poke a hole in each corner, you should be able to use the end of the hanger to do this!
Make sure it’s at least a half inch in from each edge and not too large.

 

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Step 4: Cross the two hangers in the middle and make sure all the ends touch the
surface you’re working on. Tape them together really well so they don’t shift.

Push the ends through the holes you just made in the corners.

 

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Step 5: Bend at least an inch on the bottom of each hanger so it sits against
the bottom of the cardboard. Tape the ends down flat against the cardboard –
make sure you tape it well so it’s nice and smooth and won’t snag the shirt
when you pull it over!


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Step 6: At this point you can bend the wire so that it looks nicer – fiddle
around with it and use the pliers if you need to straighten it out a bit.

 

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Step 7: Pull the shirt over the tent frame and position it so the neck hole is
in the front middle and the bottom of the shirt is trailing behind the tent frame.
Flip the whole thing up so the bottom is facing you and the hole is pointing upwards
.Fold up the excess from the bottom of the shirt and tighten it up so the neck hole
is taut and safety pin the bottom in place. Then pull the sleeves tight and safety
pin them in place too. As you can see in the last image, it should be pretty tight
over the frame. Keep tucking and safety pinning until it’s ready!(Yes, I know it
would make sense to cut it, but I decided to leave it whole and safety pin it instead
so it would be easy to remove and wash.
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Step 8: Give it to your cat!

 

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Credits: DIY and images from www.instructables.com written by Jessyratfink
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