My mum is pretty darn clever when it comes to getting the most from just about everything. Turning old dresses into bags or quilts, going mental baking and freezing when the apple and plum trees have a good year and my personal favourite - using the 'ends' of 'used up' candles to make brand new (and better looking) ones. Here's how!
Some of my mum's tips:
* Make scented candles go further by topping them up with plain, soy wax chips when you melt them. This was you can get a few delicately scented candles from one used up candle.
* When using essential oils for fragrance, you will need to use A LOT to notice any scent.
* Mix dye tarts to make your own custom shades.
* Hold the metal tin in place with a fork while stirring to stop it sliding all over the pan.
* Soy wax is the easiest and most enjoyable wax to work with.
* Use plain, short glasses or jars (think jars of dip, posh compote jars etc) if you want something a bit more neutral than teacups.
So, there you have it! Pretty, fuss free candles made with those you were about to throw out! I think these would look amazing in a tea room or café and they make beautiful gifts, too. You can buy wicks, dye tarts, oils and soy wax chips/ flakes on eBay for a decent price.
What do you think to teacup candles? Do you melt your old candles down too, or just throw them out?
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YOU WILL NEED
Used up candle or two
Teacup or some other kind of heat proof container
Clean metal tin
Wax dye tarts (optional)
Fragrance oil (optional)
2. Break up your candle using a knife. Soy wax is the easiest to break up and also to clean up afterwards. If you're using a dye tart, just grate it and fling it in with the candle wax.
4. Super glue a wick into the bottom of the cup, leave it to dry (30 seconds) and carefully pour the wax in. Your metal tin will obviously be hot, so use a towel or oven mitt to handle it.