DIY - Tea Cup Candles

DIY - Tea Cup Candles

Gather round! Today I'm gonna show you how I made some bomb-ass tea cup candles to snazzy-up your home! 

When we're done here, you'll have like, a ton of adorable little candles to sprinkle about your house, or I mean, I guess you could also give some to your friends for Christmas or whatever.

Let's get to it!

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your supplies

tea cups not pictured

Necessary supplies:

  • Wax chips (I used Soy wax) 
  • Candle wicks (get them at craft stores or like amazon because obviously) 
  • Two pots, with one that fits inside the other (you are going to use these just for wax no for eating)
  • Something to make into a candle, in my case thrifted tea cups, but you can use literally anything that that holds water and is somewhat heat resistant. Metal tins? Yep. Glass jars? Also yep. Shoe? I mean, ok sure, probably...

Optional supplies:

  • Thermometer
  • Scent. I used lavender and sweet orange essential oils.
  • Crayons for coloring. Not food coloring like in the picture
  • Wick holders,
  • Small container to pour excess wax into. I used little paper cups for this because I could then peal away the paper and remelt the wax.

Step one: melt wax

Scoop some wax flakes into your little pot and turn up the heat! I mean, you could measure the wax but I didn't. Livin' on the edge! 

The temperature will depend on our wax, but in general, start low and slow. Just keep the water at a simmer. Once your wax is melted, move on to step twooo! 

Step two: add the good stuff

Now I started adding in my additives like essential oils and coloring. I used about 5-10 drops of each of my two oils, for about a half pound of wax. My little pot could only really hold a half pound at a time. Looking back, I really should have used 15-20 drops of oil. They ended up being very faintly scented. But they still looked awesome!

Step three: cool the wax

Once I added in all the good stuff, I removed it from the heat, and stirred a bit more. 

I learned that wax has a few different and important temperature ranges. It has a melting temperature (mine was about 115F), a temperature to incorporate additives (about 175F), and a pouring temperature (about 135F). How anyone figured that crap out, I'll never know.

Anyway, It took me about 10 minutes to get the wax back down to pouring temperature. 

step four: set up your cups

I set up my containers while waiting for the wax to cool. I precut my wicks, just to make them stand up straight without adding a wick holder. You'll trim them again once the wax is fully cooled.

Step five: Pour the wax

If your pot has a little spout it makes it easier, but you are probably still going to make a giant mess. Accept that. The dried wax just scrapes up and you can add it to your pot to remelt.

You may need to help your wicks stand up. I used wooden skewers cut in half but you could use pencils or popsicle sticks. 

step six: don't touch anything

Don't touch it now! I don't recommend moving your containers after pouring. I just left mine on the counter overnight. The containers will be uncomfortably warm and may be covered in spilled wax too.

step seven: Clean up... boo

You will probably end up with a counter top covered in spilled wax after all this. Scrape it off and mix it back into your wax chips! 

step eight: admire

Damnnn! Those are some fine-ass, bomb-ass candles you just made. Light them up!

what not to do:

Now, I wanted to make some colored candles to go with my plain white one. So I grabbed my food coloring out the pantry and added it to one of my candles.

Then, this happened...

Yeah, I didn't really think this part through. 

The food coloring from your pantry is water based, and #sciencelesson, water and wax do not mix. Not even a little bit.

The first picture is me adding the coloring, the second is after stirring, and the third is after the wax cooled. It does look kind of cool, but obviously not the result we were looking for. On the bright side, the candle lights and burns just fine, so at least I didn't ruin it. If you want to add color, use colored wax chips or crayons. 

There you are!

Now go forth and fill your home with bomb-ass lights and all the best smells! 

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