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