A teacup, teapot, a tin container or beautiful wine glass can work as candles.
I love candles. Usually, while I’m working, I’ll have one sitting on my drafting table and for a few hours each day I am relaxed by the warm glow and pretty scent.
Sometimes at a flea market or garage sale I’ll find a really lovely single teacup, a teapot without a lid, a pretty tin container or a beautiful wine glass. What do you do with these? Well, you buy them really inexpensively and you use them as containers for melted wax candles. Here’s how.
Candle wax and pre-waxed, pre-tabbed wicks (available at craft stores)
Most Read Life Stories
- Level up your campfire cooking game with tips and recipes from 3 Seattle chefs
- This moment feels 'a bit different' ... but 'am I supposed to say thank you?' One Black Seattleite's take on the Black Lives Matter protests
- Washington state requiring 300 square feet per person for indoor workouts amid virus. How are Seattle-area gyms faring?
- COVID cocktails — Seattle chefs and bartenders share recipes for what they're drinking now
- Defining 'essential' travel in the COVID era — and what to do when the trip in question could be your last chance to say goodbye
Containers for candles, tea cups, old glasses, etc. (I used some vintage finds)
Wood chopsticks or skewers
1. Prepare your containers by cleaning them and filling them with water to be sure they don’t leak.
2. Add a bit of melted wax on the bottom of the wicks’ tin base and place at the bottom of your container. Lay a skewer over the container and wrap the wick around the skewer so it stands straight up.
3. Using the double boiler, melt enough wax to fill your candle containers. Be very careful with the hot wax. Wax is very flammable. Please take all the necessary precautions before melting the wax.
4. Pour the wax into the containers. When they harden, you can add another layer of wax to the top if you need to create a smoother surface.
5. Let the wax fully harden (about 24 hours), and trim the excess wick. That’s it!
These make the loveliest gifts. Add a personal label, a friend’s monogram or just a strip of pretty vintage paper around a tin to make a one-of-a-kind gift.