These vintage china teacup candles throw out such a warm, soft light and what’s more, they are so simple to make.
Dig out old chipped china cups from the back of the cupboard, or find them for pennies at charity shops or car boot sales.
Don’t worry about matching them either, as the mixed-up style lends a certain charm. Wick and wick holders can be bought cheaply from craft shops or online. For scent and detail, natural perfumes such as lemon and lavender work best.
Here we’ve used rose petals, but you could go for a more festive feel with cinnamon and spicy orange aromas.
You will need
- Old saucepan (it will get covered in wax, so avoid using your best copper-bottomed pan!)
- Old tea cup and saucer (have a rummage in charity shops)
- Wooden or metal skewer
- Wick (£1.50 for 10m, The Wax Factory on Amazon)
- Wick holder (£1.99 for 20 from craftandmore)
- Paraffin wax (1kg for £5.80, The Wax Factory on Amazon)
SAFETY TIP Avoid placing lit candle teacups on painted or varnished surfaces as they can get hot. As with any flammable item, exercise caution and never leave a candle unattended.
There will be a little bit of shrinkage as the wax dries, so you may need to top it up. Attach a card label to the candle, and voila!
All images: Steve Sayers