Monday, February 17, 2014

MY BEST FRIEND'S WEDDING: DIY BRIDAL SHOWER TEACUP CANDLES

Last week I shared these DIY place cards for my best friend's bridal shower, and I got to put my maid of honor DIY duties to use when creating the favors! I created these fun teacup candles to match the tea party, and they were easier to make than I expected.

What you'll need:
- Vintage teacups. I got mine from various antique and thrift stores.
- Various candles. I picked up a ton of tea lights from the dollar store, along with a few pink and red candlesticks to add color.
- Candle Wick (like this.)
- Scented Oil (make sure it is safe to use for candles.)
- Glitter (make sure it is safe to use for candles.)
- Aluminum pan. I got mine from the dollar store.
- Large pot. You'll want to be able to fit the pan inside the pot comfortably.
- Measuring cup.
- Chopstick (or any type of stick you can use to stir.)

If you don't want to ruin your own kitchen supplies, you can pick up a large pot and measuring cup from a thrift store like I did (for only a dollar each!) It's worth it so you don't have to worry about wax drying on your stuff.




First clean your teacups completely (thanks mom for reminding me to do that!) and cut your candles and tea lights into small pieces like below, throwing away the wick. Start boiling an inch to two inches of water in the large pot.


Place the small pieces into the aluminum pan and once the water is boiling, place the pan inside the pot. While you're waiting for your wax to melt, place the candle wick inside the teacup. Occasionally stir the melting wax with a chopstick, and pick out any wick that may have been left behind.




Once the wax is melted, pour it into your measuring cup, adding a few drops of scented oil and sprinkling in glitter. Then pour the wax into your teacup, holding the wick in place. You'll want to do this part as neatly as possible, since the wax dries quickly and it will come out uneven if you pour it in too fast. 




Try and not move the teacup until it is partially dry, so the wax stays evenly. Once you see the top is somewhat hardened, sprinkle some extra glitter on top. Leave the teacups overnight and in the morning, they should be good to go! If you find that they've sunken in the middle, heat up some more wax and pour it on top to even it out. Also once it's done, you can trim the wick to about 1/4". 




By mixing different shades of pink and red with the white, I created different shades. It was so much fun hunting for different teacups, and I loved how each one had a unique design!

It's been my favorite DIY project so far!

x Jill

12 comments:

  1. This is brilliant!! I absolutely love it- they came out great!

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  2. I've always wanted to do this! They look amazing, and they are the perfect gifts!

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    1. Thank you! You should go for it, they're super easy. Let me know if you need any help!

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  3. These look straight out of Anthro. Way to go, love.

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  4. Love this and totally passing this on to friends who are throwing bridal showers, thanks!

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