Pretty Thrifty Candle In A Teeny Tiny Teacup
Tiny Teacup Candles At A Teeny Tiny Price
A friend asked me recently if I don’t go stir crazy sitting home blogging all day. All day? Ha! Was my thoughtful reply. But I do indeed need to get out the house sometimes and when I do, being a thrifty mother, I go blog in the cafe in my local Ikea. There are always free tables with free wifi. The constant bustle works like white noise and makes it easier to concentrate. (Really.) I sit by a window with a panoramic view of the hills surrounding me. And, if I flash my (free) Ikea Family Card, I get unlimited coffee for nothing. I can sit there for as long as I can spin out the coffees. Long enough to write a blog post.
If I get the fidgets I go for a wee wander round the store, which is how I came to notice these teeny tiny teacups. They are for children to play with. I would have adored these as a little girl. I would also have broken them in a matter of weeks, which is why I have never succumbed to buying them for the Tartan Weans. I have, since this was Make Something week, come up with a perfect excuse to buy them, though…
At £6 for 4 teacups and 4 little china tumblers these work out at 75p each. That’s the same amount you would pay to buy a little glass jar to make a container candle in. Same price, whole different level of cuteness. As it happens, I was planning to make candles in jars as teacher gifts for the end of term. So I made them in the little cups instead. I am rather pleased with the result!
How To Make Pretty Thrifty Candles In Teeny Tiny Teacups
What You Need
A plastic jug to melt your wax in – one that fits in your microwave oven. No microwave? A plastic bowl set snugly inside a pot of water on the stove top works too.
Wax I have used soya wax rather than petroleum based wax here – partly for eco-reasons, partly because it burns slower and makes your tiny candles last longer, and partly because it melts at a low temperature which makes for speedier and safer candle-making.
Wicks You can buy wick by the metre but it is w-a-a-y more simple and quick to buy pre-waxed wicks which are attached to their sustainers already.
Scent oil I have used Black Raspberry and Vanilla for my little summer lights but the world is your fragrant oyster when you shop for candle scent online. Next time, I think I will try a coffee scent and use a wax tint to match the colour of my candle to the scent. I initially tried scenting mine with essential oil – quite a lot of quite expensive essential oil. It smelled amazing when I stirred it in… then it smelt of nothing when I burned the candles. A little more research revealed that volatile oils often evaporate before the wax sets and that oils created specifically for candle-making “throw” their scent more effectively. Lesson learned.
Making Candles In A Teacup
Start by attaching glue dots to the bottom of each wick. Peel the backing off the attached dot to give you a (very) sticky wick base. Pop this into your cup and centre it before pressing it gently into place. Put your cups on a baking tray and pop them all in the oven at 50 degrees to warm. This will help your wax to stick to the container.
Put 300g wax into a plastic jug. Put the jug in the microwave at full power and heat for 2 minutes. Stir and microwave again for 1 minute. Repeat until it has all melted.
Take the cups out the oven. Stir your scent oil into the molten wax. Follow the instructions on your oil for this – too much oil will stop your candle burning properly, too little will stop the scent spreading far and wide when the candle burns. Different brands specify different amounts.
Pour the wax into your cups. Hold the wicks in place with whatever you have handy – I have gone for the expensive and high-tech option of using old clothes pegs, but criss-crossed cocktail sticks work too. Or pencils. Look – you are a smart person – improvise!
When the wax has set, trim the wicks. That’s it – you have made a whole batch of sweet little teacup candles that smell amazing. Aren’t you fabulous?
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