Monday, December 10, 2012

Gift Idea: Teacup Candles

Candles are a great gift - they are something just about everyone enjoys but don't often buy for themselves. Pretty much the point of a gift, getting someone something they want but won't buy, am I right? Like I said, candles are a great gift. 

We plan to give them to all of the older ladies in our families. We also decided to make them ourselves using teacups found in thrift stores. I love teacups and even have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to them, so searching for the perfect ones was fun. 

You will need: Partially used candles or wax, a candy thermometer, a teacup, wicks and a glue gun 


You can do a few different things - use old candles, use unscented wax and add the scent yourself, buy these wick-less scented wax cubes. Chris & I actually picked out the scents together we smelled them all and discovered that I love classic evergreen scents while he likes sweet scents such as sugar cookie. 


Whatever type of wax or scent you choose, place it in a pot. Don't use your best pot, because melting wax can get messy. Keep the thermometer in the pot and make sure the wax doesn't heat up over 185 degrees. I kept my stove top on medium and the wax around 150 degrees.


Next you'll want to use a bit of hot glue to attach the wick to the bottom of the teacup. Before you do, make sure the cup is completely cleaned and dried. 


I attempted to make a mason jar candle s well, but ran out of wax. When I make more I'll try again. 


When all of the pieces of wax are melted, pour it into the teacups. If you spill any wax on the edge, clean it up before the wax dries. 



Let the wax dry, then trim the wick.



Each candle cost about $4. They are unique and a cute decoration for any home. This is a gift that is sure to get some use.

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