February 22, 2017 2 min read
Teacup candles are a delight for tea lovers and candle lovers alike! They're a great way to reuse old tea cups, can be made pretty easily, and make distinctive decor elements as well as wonderful presents. You can also personalize your teacup candle in various ways: by changing the color and fragrance of the wax, or mixing and matching the cup & saucer, or adding a tea-inspired scent such as green tea to turn up the charm.
Here are all the ingredients you will need to make the perfect teacup candle:
● Teacup and saucer
● Hot glue gun and hot glue
● Pencil or drinking straw
● Candle wax, 5 to 8 ounces (paraffin, soy or beeswax)
● Large chef knife (optional)
● Double boiler
● Wooden spoon
● Liquid dye (optional)
● Essential oil (optional)
Cut a wick 2 inches longer than the depth of the tea cup, and glue the bottom of the wick to the inside center of the cup by dabbing it in some hot glue. Straighten the wick, tie it around the middle of a pencil/drinking straw, and place the pencil/drinking straw horizontally on the teacup.
Cut up blocks of wax. If the wax is in the form of chips or flakes, weigh it and use about 5 to 8 ounces, depending upon the size of the teacup. Fill a saucepan with an inch of water and bring it to boil. Then, put the wax in a smaller pan and place it within the saucepan. Turn the heat down to a simmer until the wax is completely melted; stir occasionally. This process should take 15 minutes approximately. After the wax has completely melted, take it off the heat and add a few drops of liquid dye and stir. Repeat the process until the required color is achieved. If you wish to add a scent to the candle, then add a few drops of essential oil to the melted wax and stir.
Pour the melted wax into the teacup, but remember to leave 1/4th inch of the space on the top empty. Allow the wax to cool down for about 30 to 40 minutes and afterwards cut the extra wick with scissors after unwrapping it from the pencil. Leave for at least 24 hours before lighting.
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