Spring is here! Well, it is in some places, and hopefully it will be coming to you soon. I decided to spend a recent rainy day (forty degrees in April, of course) making teacup candles that had the gentle smell of fruits, flowers, and other spring notions. If I could not in fact go out and smell the roses, I could bring the roses to me. These cups are also very nice for gift giving and incredibly easy to make.
I love a good flea market, and that is one of the best places to buy teacups. Over time, I have amassed a decent quantity of teacups and pretty saucers that complement then. Grab the cups, saucers, and other paraphernalia and get ready to make some candles.
How to Make Teacup Candles
- wicks of appropriate lengths
- wax (I used soy)
- concentrated candle color
- essential oils for scent
- wax paper
- melting pot
- spoon (use one that you are not particularly attached to)
- hand towel
A quick note on some of the supplies..you don’t need to spend a lot of money. In place of concentrated candle color, you can use crayons (all of those broken bits the kids leave); in place of a professional melting pot, use a large metal can (coffee, tomato sauce, soup). The wax itself can be the unscented paraffin wax found in the local grocery store.
You’ll want to prep your area by moving anything that you don’t want wax on and lay out a sheet of wax paper. Set your teacups on the paper and have your wicks handy.
- Fill a large saucepan a quarter of the way with water and set it to slow boil.
- Add your wax to the melting pot. (if using the block paraffin, cut into 1 inch blocks)
- Place melting pot in saucepan at low boil.
- As your wax is melting add in your coloring agent. (test color by placing a small amount on wax paper and allowing to cool, add more color if desired)
- Once all the wax and coloring agent has melted, remove from heat and set on towel.
- Add your fragrance and stir thoroughly.
- Dip the bottoms of the wick feet in the melted wax and set them in the bottom of the teacups.
- Allow the wax to cool slightly prior to pouring into the teacup.
- If needed, after pouring the wax use a toothpick, popsicle stick to hold the wick in place.
- Place candles in a cool and dry area, away from traffic and allow to set.
Once the candle has set completely, you may need to trim the wick to no more than an inch above the top of the wax. Perfect gifts for new new neighbors, baby showers, hostess gifts, the options are endless!