Thursday, October 3, 2019

DIY Beeswax Candle in a Teacup

beeswax candle in teacup

You can make a candle in a teacup! Ever run across a beautiful teacup at a thrift store and left it there because you couldn't think of anything to do with it? 

Read about my Milk and Honey candles made in vintage milk glass. 

It would be a great use of an odd set of cups you've inherited but have no real use for. You can find lovely odd pieces while thrifting or at garage sales. Then, unless you are a beekeeper, head to a craft store and grab some beeswax and wicks

I get my beeswax from my beehives but you can buy your wax online or from the craft store. As you can see wax from the hives can vary widely in color. 

You start by grating the beeswax into a bowl so that it will melt faster and more evenly. Obviously, if you buy pellets you can skip this step.

I melt it in the microwave 30 seconds at a time. Don't forget that whatever you melt beeswax in will be unusable for anything else. Designate one bowl for this project. 

Here's the thing about pure beeswax candles; beeswax burns hot and fast meaning that it "tunnels" down through the candle burning quickly in the center leaving a large ring of wasted wax. In order to fix the problem, I added coconut oil and was able to achieve a slower more even burn.

I stuck a wick in the bottom of the cup. You could glue it to keep it in place but mine seemed to stay secure. Just pour a little bit of wax in the bottom and let it set in place, then continue.

 Use a knife to keep the wick straight. When the wax is thoroughly melted quickly pour it into the cup.

Allow the wax to harden. You will see that the color changes to a beautiful honey yellow.

If you want to add color and scent stir them in just before pouring into the cup. Beeswax doesn't carry scent as well as other mediums but luckily it smells like honey instead so I usually don't try to scent it. I don't want to mess with that beautiful color either. 

This is a very inexpensive project and takes only minutes. If you are baking challenged this is a very sweet homemade gift that anyone would love! 

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