Tea Cup Candles

Tea Cup Candles
My dear friend Jenna was complaining to me yesterday that I am not blogging enough lately. I told her that I had all of these great things that I had done for Christmas, but was waiting to blog about them until after the holidays. Well, here we are, starting the third week of the New Year and I am still slacking! Bad Stevie! I am away from home right now for some work related training. This translates too free WiFi and evenings free. This is a great time to catch up on my Christmas projects. Remember people, great gifts can be plotted out early!
The first time I saw these adorable little candles, I immediately thought of my Nana and Tony’s grandmother. They are wonderful women, but can be difficult to shop for! They have what they want in life and if not, they’ll get it. They both are very family oriented, so I knew a homemade gift would be a big hit!
The original post talks about after you lose a saucer for your teacups, this is a good way to repurpose them. I however am not a teacup person! I have two young children in the house. We tend to stick to industrial strength coffee mugs! I found my teacups at Pat Catans. A local craft store that usually has what I need, once I’ve exhausted all other options. You would think I would go there first…… Yeah, right!
For this project you will also need some scented wax, candle wicking and wick sustainers. All of these can be found at a craft store. Tony and I cheated a little with the candle wax, instead of buying scented wax and trying to melt it in a nested pan, as the instructions called for, we used one of the many Yankee Candles we had around the house. Our final choice was “Whiskers on Kittens”, a cute name for an amazing scent!
You start by melting your wax. Using an existing candle, we simple placed the candle jar in a pot of barely simmering water. You don’t want to temperature too high or you can burn the wax and mess with the smell. Check out our wax, just getting started:
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While your wax is slowly melting, you prep your teacups. You place your new candle wick in your wick sustainer and clamp it closed, this hold the wick in place. Then, you coat the wick sustainer in some of your already melting wax and press it firmly to the bottom of the cup. You want it to stick so that it will remain in place when you add the rest of your candle wax. Tie off your wick to a straw of skewer and place that over the top of your cup so that it will maintain it’s position when pouring your wax. It’ll look something like this:
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When your wax has melted down, please remember this is hot and is willing to go everywhere:
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Best thing to remember about the wax is to just let it dry, and then scrape it off. Please don’t try this if you have carpet, because that will be all bad!
When pouring the first time, pour the wax to about a 1/2″ from the rim. Then you need to let it set. I’m not sure why, but as it hardens, you will have a little “well” in the center, surrounding your wick. After your wax has hardened, take a skewer, or anything slender and pointy, and poke a circle of holes around the wick about 1/16″ deep. Pour your second round of wax in until you are about 1/4″ from the rim. When it hardens this time, you will have a much flatter surface.
I’m angry at myself for not taking pictures of the wrapping job I did on these candles, because it was fairly amusing! I wrapped the teacup in tissue paper, wrapped the saucer in tissue paper, stacked the teacup on the saucer, then wrapped them together with cellophane, tied off with a ribbon. They were both getting shipped out of state and I wanted to be sure they survived the trip! Then I put them in a box with a ton of plastic bags for padding. They both made it safely to their destination, so all was well!
If you try these out, have fun with it. If you have mismatched teacups you now have something to try. If you are like me, and collect candles indiscriminately, you now have a plan to make them useful! Happy crafting all!
Original pin can be traced back to http://www.marthastewart.com/273016/teacup-lights?lnc=a7367dbc53cee010VgnVCM1000003d370a0aRCRD&rsc=collage_crafts_recycling-crafts

Crayon Candle

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This was something I thought would be fun. I found this in an apocalyptic frame of mine, even though it seems like more fun than paranoia kicking in!
This particular pin I found didn’t link to a specific site, it was just the picture and basic instructions.
Tony made me try this one in the garage, mainly because he was worried about the end result. Smoking, wax fallout……
I will admit, I stole the crayon from my kids, but it is, well was, a white crayon and my kids are all about color!
The directions on the pin claimed this would burn for 30 minutes, and I thought that would be pretty cool.
Getting the crayon to light was an adventure. Silly me, I was trying to light the actual wax. You have to understand, it had been a long day! Tony gave me one of his special looks, took the lighter and lit the paper.
After watching for a few minutes, we came to two conclusions. One: there is no way this will burn for 30 minutes. Two: it’s nothing more complicated than a reverse candle. The wax is on the inside instead of the out.
The crayon only lasted about 10 minutes, but it was still very entertaining. The flame would die down and we thought it was over. Then the flame would skip over the wax ring that had formed and leap back to life.
Don’t upset your kids, but you should definitely try it. I would call this safe to try inside. It doesn’t smoke anymore than your average candle. I would however recommend lighting this on a baking sheet or something because once it burns out, it will fall over an you will have a small pool of wax.
Happy burning! Maybe that was a bad thing to say, but still.
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Beer bottle candles

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Here we go with part 2! I actually just saw this on Pinterest and the link lead to the etsy store.
I’m a stubborn individual though, so I was determined to figure this one out. The original candles were liking the entire bottom of the bottle and were scented, but I figured I could adapt it!
The hardest part of this was figuring out how to split the bottle. I was lucky enough to find a pin explaining how to do that and so we move on! If you need tips, check out last night’s blog.
Next up, on to my favorite thing, SUPERGLUE!! Make sure you have thoroughly cleaned the bottom and rim of the bottle so you get a nice clean surface to adhere to.
Et voila! For display purposes, and the fact my kids loved this, I used an electric tea light. I was still thrilled with how this turned out!
I hope you try this with your malt beverage of choice (Tony loves Bud Light so that’s what I have).
Happy crafting!
Original pin, to the etsy store anyway, is http://www.etsy.com/listing/104088793/scented-beer-bottle-candle-with-label-8

Candle holders

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The pictures attached to the original pin were beautiful. This was so visually appealing that as soon as I started completing pins, I wanted to try this one. It took me a while to find some of the stuff I needed so I’ve only recently done this.
Step one is to buy some vellum, which I had a hard time finding.
Once you have the vellum you print your picture in black and white, or a sepia tone would be really pretty too! Choose a vase or any clear glass, smooth edged holder.
Then we go back to my old friend mod podge. You run some mod podge over the glass surface and gently place your picture.
I went all out the first time and did an 8×10 of our Gettysburg family picture on a tall glass vase. I quickly realized this is not a simple process! I had so many bubbles under the surface that the picture was almost unrecognizable. When I tried to smooth them out, I tore the vellum. It is very delicate after all. There was also the problem of ink running when combined with glue through vellum.
I decided to go small the next time around and chose this small votive holder and used my children’s 3 and 6 year old pictures.
If you want to try this, I would definitely recommend starting small with a practice votive holder!
I have another vellum picture from Gettysburg ready to go, and the original vase washed clean so I can start fresh.
Truthfully, I’m working up to it because its a little intimidating. I’m thinking these would make wonderful Christmas gifts, or maybe an anniversary gift.
As you can tell by the picture on the left, be sure the light level will shine through your whole picture.
Il try to post a picture of the final project when I get it right…..
Original pin can not be credited due to a bad link, but directions, other than the ones included in this post, can be found on my crafty&decor board, ads061006.
Happy crafting!