I don’t know about you but I have a large stash under my kitchen sink of half burnt candles. These have resulted from buying candles for different events but the candle was not used up just put away under the cupboard for me to forget all about.
I also have a lot of lovely odd vintage tea cups and saucers that just collect dust on the shelf as they can not be used all the time.
So I could not think of a better way to use up the old candles and display my tea cups through out the house by making my own handmade candles. The only thing was I use to do this as a child but I used my mum’s old saucepan and candle making kits. Now 20 years on I no longer have the kit or my mum’s saucepan and I don’t have a saucepan that I don’t mind being ruined by candle wax. As I was thinking all this I had a washed out tin can on my kitchen side that was waiting to go out into the recycling. Would the can stand up in a saucepan of water with the wax melting inside the can? As I did not want any water getting into the wax! After a of experimenting with different water levels in the sauce pan, I hit the jack pot and found the right water level.
What you need
- Tin Can
- Old candles (if you don’t have any old candles you can ask you local church if they have any they were going to throw out)
- Lots of clothes pegs
- Vintage Tea Cup (you can get these for only a couple of pounds at your local charity shop)
Here is how I made my candles:-
1) I filled a saucepan with boiling water from the kettle and I put the saucepan on a very low heat. (Don’t let the water boil) Then I filed my tin can with the old candles, wick and all as they can fished out latter. (The candle starts to melt really quickly with the heat from your already boiled water.)