I bought some candle wick from Summer Naturals and procured a chipped cup to upcycle as a 'candle in a teacup'. Then I sat on the idea for a year or so. (I'm the classic Ariean - good at embarking on projects but not so good at following through...)
Last month my sister sent me a birthday present of, surprise, surprise, a 'candle in a teacup'. It really didn't look so complicated. Daughter spurred me on with her enthusiasm for the idea, and we got a couple more cups and saucers from our local secondhand shop. The perfect project for a bank holiday Monday.
Out came a year and a half's worth of old wax. (About the equivalent of a couple of jam jars full).
|Melting the old wax.|
Out came the wick.
We decided the easiest way to melt the wax was to stand the jam jars in a pan of simmering water. All the yucky, burnt debris sank to the bottom, and the old wick was easy to fish out.
We cut the wick to size and secured it to the bottom of the teacups with bluetac. Tying it to a lolly stick kept it in the right position.
Once the wax had melted, we poured it into the cups. There was just enough for three cup candles.
Daughter sniffed her way painstakingly through my lifetime's collection of essential oils to choose her favourite aroma, but after all that, decided trusty lavender was the best for the job, and added a few drops to her candle.
We left the recycled wax to set. There was an old Christmas candle in the mix which is why it looks like red wine.
Once the wax had hardened, it didn't look quite so alcoholic.
|The professionally made birthday candle I received next to the homemade birthday candle!|
The proof of the candle is in the burning, and they burn very nicely. (Almost too vigorously. I would buy a narrower wick next time.)
My sister's birthday falls 17 days after mine. No prizes for guessing what I gave her last week...
The problem with extending a project over at least a year, is that you forget what the costs for all the materials amount to. But I can remember that the wick was not expensive, the cups came to approximately £4 and most of the old candles had been gifts in the first place. I would say that the cost for each candle was £2 at most. The equivalent candle on Etsy retails from £4 to £15, so I think we've saved ourselves some money here.