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DIY Gift Idea: How to Make Vintage Teacup Candles
Posted By Lana Winter-Hébert On November 19, 2012 @ 5:05 pm In 2012 Holiday Gift Guide,carousel showcase,DIY,Features,Recycled Materials | 1 Comment
Image © Marcie 
Tape two wooden skewers together at either end so they look like a pair of chopsticks stuck together. This is your wick support. You’ll notice that the wicks have little metal disks at one end: those will go at the bottom of the teacup, while the opposite end will be drawn between the wooden skewers to support it vertically . Lay the skewers across the teacup so the wick is centered inside the cup, with the string part drawn up nice and straight, perpendicular to the bottom. If you have trouble keeping the bottom of the wick in place, you can always fasten it there with a drop of crazy glue.
Image © Rosie 
Add your wax to the smaller pot of your double-boiler (on in a can set within a pot of water) on medium-high heat. Chopping or grating it ahead of time will speed the melting process, and is recommended for even melting. If you use paraffin wax, feel free to add in some grated or chopped crayon pieces to add color to the candle in place of candle dye.
Once the wax has all melted to a liquid state, remove the double-boiler from the heat and allow to cool for a couple of minutes. Add your candle dye (if desired) and if you’re going to add scent to it, use your thermometer to gauge the temperature, and once it reaches 180 degrees, add the scented oil as desired. (Why wait ‘til it gets to this temperature? If the wax is too hot when you add the scent to it, it’ll just disperse instead of absorbing. Patience is a virtue.)
While your wax is still nice and liquid, pour it into the prepared teacups, leaving ½ an inch of space from the lip of the cup. Allow this to cool completely (4-6 hours is ideal), then trim your wicks to 1 inch in length, and voila! You have beautiful, handmade teacup candles to give as gifts.
Lead image by Marcie 
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URLs in this post:
 teacups: http://inhabitat.com/cecilia-levys-dainty-little-tea-cups-are-made-from-recycled-book-pages/
 candles: http://inhabitat.com/diy-make-thanksgiving-candles-from-leftover-halloween-pumpkins-and-gourds/
 gifts for holidays: http://inhabitat.com/greenholidaygiftguide/
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/diy-gift-idea-how-to-make-vintage-teacup-candles/brown-sugar-teacup-candle/
 Marcie: http://www.flickr.com/photos/18670024@N06/
 support it vertically: http://www.heygorg.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/DIYTeacupCandles3.jpg
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/diy-gift-idea-how-to-make-vintage-teacup-candles/making-teacup-candles/
 Rosie: http://www.flickr.com/photos/herbrm/
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