Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Vintage inspired DIY: Teacup Candle!




Little things can make a huge difference to your day, whether its having a cup of tea from your favourite mug, watching a film or painting your nails, we all have a couple of ways to turn that frown upside down! I personally love a candle lit bath whilst reading to a book and de-winding to some music. I also find doing a little bit of arts and craft helps me to just take a chill pill. So when I stumbled across a teacup candle in the boots christmas catalogue I realised it was my mission of fate to (attempt to) make a vintage-y tea cup candle! But I didn't want to go spending a fortune on vintage china only to completely mess up and ruin a pretty teacup. So I was on a budget of about £10 in total. Thus, when I was dreamily gazing at the endless isles of stationary in Wilkinsons (anybody else a stationary obsessive like moi?) I spotted this little tea cup and saucer set for a ridiculously cheap £2.50! My heart started pounding against my ribcage and did not stop until the little set was safely sitting proudly on my desk. I then picked up this large candle for £2 in Primark which smells heavenly. The last thing I needed was a candle wick, however I couldn't justify buying 100 wicks on ebay - I'm only making one candle! Alas, my good old grandad told me that a candle wick is pretty much string covered in melted wax so I got to the dark and put it into an old tealight to make sure its stable!



I think I've done enough rambling for today so lets get onto the bit you actually want to read!


1. Chop up your candle into small pieces and empty them into a glass bowl - it should break away fairly easily!



2. Next, boil the kettle and pour the hot water into a saucepan (fill it about 3/4 full) on the hob (that was a bit of a mouthfull!). 


3. Place the bowl on top of the saucepan, turn the gas onto medium and use a wooden spoon to continually stir it. It really helps having a helping hand here so you can keep stirring the wax whilst they chop up more to gradually add in as you don't want to melt it all at once!





4. When you think you have melted enough wax (we melted around 150ml) place the wick/tealight into the teacup and pour the wax in - here is a generic health and safety part - *Please get someone to help you as the wax is very hot and you need somebody to make sure the wick stays put!* 



5. Because the hot wax will melt the wax around the wick and make it go all floppy I highly suggest this little trick - tie a piece of string around the top of the wick and tie the other end to a cupboard or something similar as this makes sure that the wick doesn't flop over into the wax overnight - as well as keeping it nice and taught and straight!


6. Leave it to dry overnight and in the morning... TAA DAA, you have a vintage tea cup candle! Hooray!!




Well congratulations if you managed to read all the way to the end of this very lengthy post but as it was something a little different let me know what you think! 

Have you ever created a tea cup candle?

Much love, Lauryn x





14 comments :

  1. This is SO cute and seems pretty simple too! Might have to give it a try myself:)x

    Cerys x

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    1. You should definitely give it a go - its cheap and better yet? Looks adorable!:-)

      Lauryn x

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  2. Hey, love your blog, and this post! I've nominated you for the Versatile blogger award... http://thebeauty-journals.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/versatile-blogger-award.html?m=1
    Xx

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    1. Ooh yay thank you!! I've already been nominated but thank you so much!:') much love, lauryn x

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  3. What a gorgeous idea! Such a clear how-to, will have to try this out!

    Rebecca x
    Cloud Nine Indulgence

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    1. Ooh go for it! Let me know if you do as I'd love to see how it turns out and thank you so much lovely!

      Lauryn x

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  4. Nice. You could use scented candles or add dye and essential oils.

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    1. Ooh I think if I was to make these again I will certainly be testing this idea out! Thank you:-)

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  5. This looks very cute, think i'll take inspiration for Christmas presents from this! x



    www.jesscaedmunds.com

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    1. Aw thank you! Its perfect for Christmas or birthdays because its inexpensive but looks like it came from an expensive little boutique haha. Also its handmade so it shows you put a lot of thought in:) Thank you for the lovely comment:) much love, Lauryn xxx

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