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Teacup Candles

Posted August 7th, 2012

I'm a bit of a hoarder when it comes to candles and anytime I'm home for more than a couple of hours, I have one burning. They're so indulgent and I love having my entire house filled with beautiful scents (I even rotate the fragrances I choose depending on the time of year). I'd been wanting to try my hand at making my own for a while and decided to make an afternoon of it, using mismatched vintage teacups I picked up at a thrift store. Not only do they look adorable, but they'd also make an ideal gift since after the candle's been used up (with some soaking in some boiling soapy water), the recipient would have a cute set of vintage teacups. Here are the simple steps! I could have tracked down all of the individual candle-making components separately (wax, wicks, thermometer, pour pot, etc.), but I decided to buy this kit that included everything I'd need.

1. Fill a pitcher with wax and heat in a double boiler until the temperature reaches 180° F.

2. Pick out teacups (or anything else you have lying around i.e. vases, tins, jars, etc.).

3. Add a scent. I used a combination of grapefruit and bergamot essential oils for a light and refreshing fragrance.

4. Fill teacups to the very top.

5. Wait five minutes.

6. Insert wicks into the middle of the teacup.

7. Rest a stick/pencil/chopstick across the edge of the teacup to ensure the wick stays centered and straight. Make sure to remove after a few minutes so it doesn't create a dent. Do not touch until completely solid, roughly 1-2 hours.

9. Trim the wick so that it's 1/4"-1/2".

10. Light candle and enjoy.

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