Maria Provenzano is turning ordinary tea cups into fun candles.
- Vintage tea cups or mugs
- Candle wax flakes
- Candle wicks
- Popsicle sticks, or something similar like chopsticks, pencils, etc.
- Wax melting tin a glass container that can pour liquid, like a Pyrex
- Fragrance oil scents
- Coloring; optional, you can add dye that is specific for candle making or colored wax
- Clean teacups before use, and make sure they are completely dry.
- Measure out the amount of candle wax flakes you’ll need; for each teacup you’ll need twice the amount of wax flakes to fill it; and place it in the melting tin.
- Set up the candle wicks in your teacups, you’ll want them to lay flat against the bottom; use your popsicle sticks (or something similar, like pencils) to hold them up and tape the ends of the popsicle sticks so they stay together; another option is to hot glue the bottom of the wick to the bottom of the cup.
- Fill a small sauce pan halfway full of water; large enough to add in the pitcher, but not too large that the pitcher would fall over.
- Place the wax melting tin into the water.
- Turn the heat to medium and allow the heat of the water to heat the tin; this will heat the wax slowly.
- Once the wax has completely melted, remove it from the sauce pan and allow the wax to cool slightly before adding in the scents.
- Add in any scent or coloring that you like.
- Mix well.
- Carefully pour the wax into your teacups and fill until they are about a half inch from the top.
- Let the wax set for a few hours at room temperature.
- Once set, trim the wicks.
- Chopped up pieces of crayons can also be used to color the wax.
- Use a bit of hot glue on the bottom of the wick to secure it into the bottom of the cup.
- Work with caution since candle making is a science. If you are worried about how much oil to add, then err on the side of caution and add less. A general rule of thumb is 1 oz. of scent per 1 pound of wax. Generally speaking the maximum amount of fragrance oil recommended is listed in the Details section of each type of wax.