Monday, 26 November 2012

Monday Makery - Teacup Candles

We're recycling some candles and making some Christmas gifts at the same time. We've got lots of short candles which have lost their pride of place for being almost used. We also discovered some wilted candles -  when our candelabra was placed on the windowsill above the radiator the heat made the candles in it wilt so they can no longer be used either!
So with a few easy to get supplies we've been busy making some gifts for the festive season and are so happy with the way they turned out.

Here's what you'll need:

  • old candles / paraffin wax and beeswax
  • a double boiler, or one saucepan on top of the other
  • wick - these are easily available at craft stores
  • teacup or similar container....
  • scissors for cutting the wick when finished.
Here's how:
  1. If using an old candle you will first need to grate it into easy to melt pieces.
  2. Placing the wax into a small pan, place it above another pan half full of water and gently melt the wax over a low heat.
  3. Once the wax has melted pour into your chosen teacup.
  4. Drop your wick into the teacup and hold the wick in place by resting it against two pencils or tack the top to a pencil using bluetack and rest the pencil on the cup.
  5. The candle will set quite quickly and will harden from the outside in. Sometimes this may mean the candle 'dips' a little in the middle which can then be topped up with a little more wax. Out of our seven candles we made only 1 did this and we left it as it was ..... not trying for perfection.
  6. Once the candle has set hard you can snip off the top of the wick leaving a good 1cm length to light.

We think these will make wonderful gifts for Christmas and its a great way to recycle old candles too. You can even add a few drops of essential oils to the wax to create scented candles of your choice. I'm hoping we'll have a couple left after wrapping them for gifts that we can then have. Else we'll be off to the charity shop again to look for more teacups!

Happy Making

If you don't get a chance to make any and you'd like to buy some for gifts this Christmas - you must pop over to Tea 'n' Cake for some scented Tea Cup Candles as well as Bird Feeders and Cake Stands.  They really are beautiful.

This is part of our weekly Monday Makery where we bring you a recipe to bake or a craft to create. Visit our Monday Makery when you're in need of inspiration for something to do on a rainy day or to use as interception of the words 'I'm bored', or just because being creative with your children is something you all love to do. Our other popular blogposts include 'The story behind our collections', 'Tell us its Tuesday' , An A-Z of Sisters Guild, The Art of Living posts bring you all the things we are passionate about and the things we discover in our lives as mamas, and our 'Once upon a week' gives you a glimpse into life behind the scenes at Sisters Guild.

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