Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Vintage Teacup Candles

We finally settled on a theme for the reception. We knew we wanted to do afternoon tea, but not in the 1940s bunting way that is so popular at the moment. We are planning to get married on April Fools' Day 2015, but it still took us far too long to put two and two together and make a Mad Hatter's Tea Party!

This weekend, we happened across a pop-up shop selling local crafts. There was inspiration galore. One of the things we both liked was vintage tea cups made in to cake stands and candles. Shockingly, one cup and saucer was going for £20-25. I decided to have a go myself.

£3.99 for 5 teacups and saucers from Oxfam
£19.99 for 5kg of Eco soya wax and 50 wicks.

I don't think I even used a kilo of the wax, so I make that £1.60 each.

You will need:

Teacups and saucers
Candle wax
Kebab sticks
A double boiler (a bowl over a pan of water)


1. Melt the wax.

2. Balance the wick against a kebab stick resting on the the cup by bending it.

3. When the wax is clear, put a drop on the bottom of each cup to keep the wick in place whilst you pour. Leave a few seconds to set.

4. Pour in the wax and leave to cool.

You can colour the wax by melting wax crayons into the mix.

Time: 30 mins plus 24 hours setting time.

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