Saturday, November 15, 2008

A Holiday Gift Idea

Martha had a tutorial on how to make these Teacup Candles. I was going to put a link to it, but I can't find it, so I've posted the directions for you. You can use vintage, thrift shop, discount store-find teacups (or whatever container!) to make great holiday gifts. Have fun!

Teacup Candles

Nested pans, Partially burned candles, Candy or candle thermometer, Tongs, New wicking, Teacups, Wick sustainers, Wooden skewers

1. In a small pan set over a larger pan of simmering water, melt down old candles; clip the thermometer to the upper pot, and keep temperature at about 185°. Remove old wicks with tongs.
2. Cut a piece of wicking to the cup’s height plus 2 inches. Clamp one end to a wick sustainer; tie the other end around a skewer. Dip wicking and sustainer into melted wax to coat them. Remove and stick sustainer to cup’s bottom.

3. Pour in the wax, stopping 1/2 inch below the cup’s rim. Allow wax to set, about 1 hour. The candle will harden with a well in the center. To even it out, use another skewer to prick a circle of holes about 1/16 inch deep around the wick. Pour in melted wax until surface is 1/4 inch below rim. Cut wick.

1 comment:

Katherine said...

My sister-in-law blogged about these too. So cute.