As someone who has a mild addiction to collecting pretty vintage things I’ve found myself with quite a few vintage teacups in the house! As such I’m a big fan of sharing DIY teacup craft ideas here on the blog and these DIY teacup candles are relatively simple to make! Once you’ve got the hang of it you’ll want to make loads and they make great handmade gifts too!
You will need, one teacup You will also need some candle wick, I bought this on ebay and some beeswax which I bought from the same seller and which seemed to be the cheapest one out there. For each teacup I found that I needed four blocks of beeswax. I’m sure you could use other kinds of wax, but it looks really cute in the blocks!
How to make your DIY Teacup Candles
Firstly, you need to cut your wick and then wax it. Obviously, I had no idea how to wax my wick (ahem) so I just rubbed it a bit between two blocks of wax. Seemed to do the trick. Put a strip of selotape across the top of your cup, slightly off centre so that you can have some of your wick centered right in the middle. Secure it in place with another bit of selotape. This is so your wick stays there and doesn’t fall into your hot wax, meaning you have to fish it out with your fingers. Make sure that the wick in the bottom of your cup is able to lie a little bit flat so that it will stay in place when you start pouring in the wax.
Next is to heat your wax. Now this is why I am blogging this because the advice I read on the three blogs on this were a bit sketchy on the whole health and safety thing and even more importantly on the cleaning aspects. You need to heat your wax quite hot for it to melt, some people will tell you the exact heat however I do not have any kind of thermometer that I would stick in melting wax so this was no use what so ever to me. Kirstie Allsopp’s bit on the C4 website stated that if the wax gets too hot it can set itself on fire. I don’t know if that’s true or not but I had no real inclination to find out. That site suggests heating some water in a saucepan and then put another saucepan inside that with the wax in it. That’s what I did, being not mega keen on house fires and all that.
When the wax first starts to melt, pour enough into your cup to cover the bottom bit of wick. While you heat the rest of the wax this will cool and help stick the wick into place.
Slowly heat the remainder of your wax and then pour this into your cup. Put somewhere to let it solidify and feel pleased with yourself, your DIY teacup candles are now done!
Now for the not so good news. The washing up. Why does no one else mention this?? That’s why I get a bit fed up with the proper aspirational crafts lifestyle blogs, distinct lack of real life. I bet their cakes never burn either. The wax will solidify in your saucepan pretty quickly so unless you want to chuck yours you need to keep reheating the wax slowly over the heat and then chuck it in the sink and give it a clean. Dry it, check with your fingernail for wax and then do again if needed. Took me four attempts, thought you’d want to know!
I gave this cup to a friend from my old job who left at the same time as me and have ordered some more wax to make one for another friend. These really are easy and cute, let me know if you make one, and I’d love to see any pictures.
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