Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Homemade Gift Idea: Teacup Candles

Passing Notes Today:  Mrs. Williams

Hey Mrs. G. and Mrs. K.,

So, you know I love garage sales and estate sales and community sales and well, basically sales in general, right?  Well, recently while roaming through a local estate sale, I was really drawn to the antique teacups for sale.  They looked so delicate and so pretty and so inexpensive, that I picked up a few.  Then I got home...and I had that, "now what" feeling.  I thought about inviting you two over for tea, but I'm no good at making cucumber sandwiches.  I thought about just gifting them to friends "as is." Then, I thought, why not turn them into candles?  I watched a great youtube video explaining how make them.  Since they turned out so cute, I'm definitely going to give them as gifts.  I've included all the steps for you in case you'd like to do the same (or you could just watch the video, of course).

1.  Gather Supplies

  • Teacups and saucers - $1 - $2 each (I gathered these guys at Goodwill and garage sales)
  • An old pot and spoon - $4 (I picked the pot and spoon up at Goodwill too.)
  • Soy wax - $3 with my 50% off coupon from AC Moore (Makes about 4 teacup candles.)
  • 3 inch wicks - $2
  • Candle scent - $3 (I went with lavender.)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hairdryer - (You weren't expecting this supply, were you?)

Lay out some newspaper on your kitchen counter.  This will prevent wax from spilling everywhere...like the kitchen towel I ruined in the process.  Oops.
2.  Prepare the wicks in your teacups by hot gluing them to the bottom center of each teacup.  I think you can skip this step.  But, I was scared that the wick wouldn't stay stable when I added the wax.

3. Pour the soy wax into your old pot on medium heat.  Stir often.

 4.  Once the wax is melted, add some scent.  I'm truly not sure of how much.  I just kept adding it until I could smell it.  How's that for directions?  Kinda like when a recipe says "add a pinch."  I always think, "thanks a lot."  You're welcome.

 5.  Somewhere between stirring the wax, adding the scent, and stirring the wax some more, use a blow dryer to warm up the teacup that you will be adding hot wax to.  I just warmed it up until, well, it felt warm.

6.  Pour the wax into the teacup.

7.  Use whatever you have around to stabilize the wick.  Then, let them cool for 24 hours.

Here's how the wax and candle look when it's all dry:

I tried to experiment with the candles a bit when I was making them.  I added dried lavender to one and hot-glued the string from a real teabag in another.  When they cooled they both looked great.  I added a personalized "teabag" message to the tea string candle.

I can't wait to give them away this holiday.  I hope you guys, I mean my other friends, like them.

Talk soon,

Mrs. Kelly Comment:  These are so cute.  And are you ready for my bad tag comments?  Well, here they are anyway:
-You're my cup of tea
-Brimming with love
-Steeped in greatness
-I don't need to read the tea leaves to know you're a great friend
-Can't wait for you to host our next tea party!

Mrs. Gosling Comment:  "Tea you later"


amyecolburn said...

These are so cute and a very "useful" gift idea. (I like giving gifts people can actually use!) I especially love the tea-bag paper and string idea, that is very clever!!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

these are so adorable! i have been making candles in vintage glasses- these are adorable!

Naptime Notebook said...

Thanks Cassie!!

Naptime Notebook said...


Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

what a great gift idea, and each tea cup is unique! thank you so much for linking up to our party!!

Naptime Notebook said...

Definitely try it! Thanks for the feedback Karah!

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