Tea cup candles is one of the DIYs I get asked about time and time again, especially this time of year as people like to make them as gifts. It’s the gift that keeps on giving too. You have a beautiful candle to enjoy and then once the candle is burned out, you can clean out the cup and use it to drink from. If you don’t have any pretty cups you can make them in jam jars, yoghurt jars, tin cans and all sorts. Just make sure to test the vessel first by pouring in boiling water and making sure it doesn’t crack! There’s nothing worse than getting all your pretty china cups out and some of them cracking.
Ok enough chit chat let’s get making. I did an Instagram Live on Saturday showing you all how to make them. Here’s a playback from that and below are written instructions with links to where I got the wicks.
You will need
- Old candles
- Waxed wicks with metal tabs (Here is where I got mine)
- Tea cups or jars
- An old saucepan that won’t be used again for food
- A second saucepan that the above will fit into
- Wooden spoon
- Essential oils for scent
- Put your larger saucepan on the stove half filled with water.
- Pour your wax into the smaller saucepan and sit into the water.
Stir until wax is melted.
- Be very careful as the wax will be extremley hot.
- While the wax is melting you can dip the wicks into it and then immediatley place them in each teacup. That way they will stay centred before you fill them with wax.
- Once the wax is melted leave it sit a few minutes to cool down before pouring into the cups. This is when I add my essential oils, if using.
- It takes about half an hour for the wax to harden. You will have a well at this stage so melt some more wax and fill the cups.
I’d love to know if you try this method. Come back and let me know or tag me on instagram @michellemadethis #michellemakeschristmas