Teacup candles

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By Kid’s Craft Contributor, Gillian from the blog “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.

I have a problem. I’m a teacup-a-holic. I can’t help myself. Every time I stop at an antique shop, charity shop or garage sale, I seem to come home with yet another tea cup. And while I’m all for using them for their intended purposes, there are only so many teacups a girl can keep in her cupboards. So lately I’ve been looking for other ways to use my excess cups. Some hold my various button collections, some wrangle small jewelry on my dressing table and now, some are pretty candles to help light up the dark winter nights. If you’ve never made a candle before, this type, a container candle, is the easiest and the perfect way to start (I’ll warn you that it’s addictive!)

Here’s what you’ll need:

Candle wax
Candle scent (optional)
Teacups
Wicks (2-3 inch length is perfect)
Double boiler
Skewers

1. Break off enough wax to fill your teacups about half full and melt over medium head in the double boiler.

2. Dunk the metal end of the wick into the melted wax and then quickly press into the bottom the cup.

3. Add one small drop of scent into the wax and stir with one of the skewers.

4. Set a skewer on either side of the wick, this keeps it upright and centered while the wax hardens.

5. Carefully pour the wax into the cup, making sure you don’t’ get any on the sides (if you do, just wipe it up while before it dries).

6. Allow the wax to cool and harden completely. You’ll notice that the wax pulls down in the center around the wick from the wax contracting as it cools.

7. Once the candle is completely cool, melt a small amount of wax to a slightly higher temperature than the first batch. You shouldn’t need to add any scent here as there will be some left in the pot form the first batch.

8. Pour this wax over the first to fill the hole and just cover the rest of the surface of the candle. Allow this to cool before trimming the wick to 1/4 inch.

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About Gillian

Gillian Grimm lives in Charlottesville, Virginia where she balances writing, cooking and crafts with eight chickens, two kids, a dog, a cat and a husband. As the daughter of a Journalist, she grew up all over the United States, switching schools, towns and newspapers every few years and loved every minute of it! She now works as a freelance writer, primarily in the craft industry but with a few forays into travel writing, narrative non-fiction and educational matters. Gillian was recently published in the literary journal the “The Northville Review”. You can find more of Gillian’s work at “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.

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  1. Nancy W.

    One year I went to the thrift shops and bought odd punch cups. I made colored, cinnamon scented candles and put a stick of cinnamon in each,being careful not to touch the wick. I then passed them out, and burned them in our home. They were a big hit, and smelled like Christmas.

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