In today’s installment of “UPCYCLED,” we will teach you how to turn vintage teacups into clean-burning soy candles. This is a super-easy DIY project for a rainy day, and the candles are a crafty touch to your home or a thoughtful birthday gift or wedding shower favor. Check out our inspiration from Pinterest:
What You’ll Need: Vintage teacups (the white set with saucers were $10 at Vintage Depot; the smaller, clear set $6 at A Gal Named Cinda Lou); ArtMinds candle wicks ($3); wax (we chose ArtMinds soy wax and splurged on the 4-pound bag for just $20, although we only used half of it); pot (for boiling water); bowl (for holding and melting the wax); pens and pencils (to hold the wick up when you pour the wax).
1) Gather all of your supplies.
2) Fill your pot about halfway with hot water and bring it to a boil. Gently set your melting bowl atop and regulate the temperature so that the boiling water does not overflow (about medium-high heat). Then, simply melt your wax! Two things to note: 1) No need to stir the wax – just let it sit until all melted (about 10 minutes); 2) Be liberal with how much wax you melt – it melts down to a fairly small quantity. To make 7 candles, we used about half of the un-melted 4-pound bag of wax.
3) While the wax is melting, place the wick in the center of your vintage teacup. Brace it on either side with a writing utensil – this keeps the delicate wick in place as you pour the wax in the next step.
4) Very carefully and slowly (so as not to nudge that wick!), pour the hot wax into the teacups. Tip: transfer the melted wax from the melting bowl into a Pyrex measuring cup with a spout.
5) After the wax has fully set (approximately 3-4 hours at room temperature, though transferring to the refrigerator would speed that up considerably), be sure to trim down your wicks. The wick should not stand any taller than the top of the teacups.
6) Ta da! Enjoy your beautiful new (um, “old”) vintage teacup candles!
TOTAL INVESTMENT: $29.00 ($16.50 for the white set; $12.50 for the glass set)