Make Your Own - 8: Tea Cup Candles

Image credit: Anastasia Bow-Bertrand
Image credit: Anastasia Bow-Bertrand
Image credit: Anastasia Bow-Bertrand
Image credit: Anastasia Bow-Bertrand
Image credit: Anastasia Bow-Bertrand
Image credit: Anastasia Bow-Bertrand
Image credit: Anastasia Bow-Bertrand
Image credit: Anastasia Bow-Bertrand
Image credit: Anastasia Bow-Bertrand
Image credit: Anastasia Bow-Bertrand

Mothering Sunday (30 March) will swing around in no time, so make these candles as a worthy distraction from revision. When lit, they create an ethereal glow through the thin china, and after they have burned, these gorgeous teacups can be restored to their normal drinking vessel uses.

Difficulty: 2/5

Total Creative Time: 1 hour

Shopping List:

Porcelain teacups and crockery (charity shops)

Wick keepers or Superglue (Hobbycraft)

3” pre-waxed wicks (Hobbycraft)

Wax (natural, in blocks or pellets: try Hobbycraft)

1. Scour charity shops for pretty crockery (make sure there are no cracks in the cups). A cup and saucer set should cost a maximum of £4, unless it is Wedgewood, obviously.

2. Wash and thoroughly dry cups of choice. Next, stick the wick to the wick-keeper as per pack instructions, and press firmly down into inside centre of the cups (make sure they lie completely flat). Superglue (or chewing gum...) could be substituted for the wax keepers.

3. Melt wax in a clean, dry saucepan on medium heat stirring constantly with a metal spoon. Add a few drops of essential oil or colouring for an aroma – I kept mine plain, as I love the smell of beeswax. Once the wax is liquid, carefully pour into each cup (up to 1.5cm from upper lip).

4. Check that the wick is still upright in the cooling wax (otherwise carefully readjust it). Once fully set, trim the wick to 1.5cm. And relax.

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