When Candles Come in Teacups

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

30 Days of Pinterest – Day 1

The Pin!

Since I’m in the middle of wedding planning, there’s no better way to kick off 30 Days of Pinterest than with a little vintage, wedding-inspired craft! This is one of those pins that I’ve oogled at forever, but always seemed a little intimidated to give it a try. I’m so glad I finally did, not just because of how pretty they turned out, but it has opened me up to the amazing world of candles and all the really cool options that are available!

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The Project Process:

The original pin, from Martha Stewart, had the great idea of reusing remnants of old candles in order to make new ones. Although finding beautiful teacups around my house wasn’t a problem, I did have a bit of trouble finding enough candle bits of the same colour to be of any use. After a quick researching period online, I decided to head to Michaels to pick up a 4lb package of high quality soy wax. I figured if I used the 40% coupon, the 4lb bag would be the best option in case I decide to make any more candles in the future. The rest of my goodies, as pictured below came from Voyageur Soap & Candles in Surrey (although you can also shop online and have it shipped directly to your door). Note to self: soy wax from Voyaguer costs much less than Michaels, even with the coupon.

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For this project, I used the following items:

  • Soy Wax (it burns cleaner & washes out easier of any container you use)
  • 3.5″ prepared wicks
  • Seafoam Green & Teal Dye Bricks
  • Tahitian Vanilla Fragrance Oil
  • Pencil (to keep the wick in the proper place)

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Before melting the wax, I decided to hot glue the prepared wicks to the bottom of the cups. This was a personal preference, as I did not want to fiddle with wick placement during the pour process, and worry about it moving while the candle was cooling. I found this to be a quick and easy solution, although it would not be the best option if you were planning on using the teacups for food-use once the candles were gone.

Using a double broiler method (similar to the method used when melting chocolate), I melted the soy wax over the stove. One of the things I loved about the soy wax, is that it comes in small flakes rather than one huge block (like paraffin). I was able to add as much or as little wax to the pot with ease, and it did not take long to melt at all.

Once the wax had melted completely (it takes on a more clear look), add a small amount of the dye block, if desired. Once the dye block is melted and mixed in with the wax, you’ll want to remove the pot from the burner. Don’t be alarmed if the liquid looks a bit brighter than the colour you were going for; the wax will cool and harder into a more creamy, opaque version of the colour you see now. If you are wanting to add any fragrance or essential oil, now would be the time to do it.

Once the wax has had a little time to cool, gently poor it into your teacups. This step is important, as I learned from experience! If you pour the wax into your containers without letting it cool, the candle itself will cool at an uneven rate once in the desired container. This may cases the candle to crack or have a frosty appearance once completely cooled. Most of the time, the prepared wicks should stand up straight, but a few may need a little help. Simply roll a pencil along the top to keep the wick more in the centre and prevent it from flopping over to one side.

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Allow the candle to cure for at least 24 hours, trim the wick and then light it up! I personally love how the light reflects off the teacup china – it adds such a warmth to the candle!

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Overall, this project was a great success and I’ve become a bit of a candle making fan through this experience. After learning about all the different scents available (and the ability to use natural essential oils, which I am a fan of), I have a feeling that candle making may be an on-going thing in our household. Now to just get my hands on enough cute containers to pour them all into!

Do you think my attempt might make Martha proud? Have you tried anything like this before? I’d love to hear about your Pinterest adventures!



Contributor: Shannon Clattenburg

Shannon Clattenburg is a creative spirit first and a freelance writer second. She is a features writer for Fraser Valley Pulse and has a love for uncovering hidden gems throughout the Fraser Valley . She lives in Chilliwack with her boyfriend and her doggy Rolo. Twitter: @OrdinaryShan



4 Responses to “When Candles Come in Teacups”

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  2. Jerimi says:

    These are so pretty! I’ll admit, I’d be too scared of having a teacup break from the candle heat, but I’m paranoid that way. Did they burn ok?

  3. Jerimi – So far, so good! I’ve burned them for about 2 hours at a time, without any troubles. I’ll be trying clear punch-bowl style cups sometime in the future, so we’ll see how that style holds up as well.

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