Tea-cup candles are one of my favourite favourite things to make, for Christmas and all year round! They make really lovely thoughtful gifts, and even though they can be a little time consuming, they are very simple once you get the hang of it.
You will need: A tea-cup, candle wax, a roll of wick, metal buttons, an old bowl and a saucepan. You can buy wax from craft shops or online, but I tend to save up used candles and recycle them which works just as well and is much cheaper!
1. Weight down a length of wick to the bottom of the tea-cup by tying the end to a metal button. This is so when you pour the wax in the wick wont float to the top.
2. Melt the wax by using a bain-marie (a bowl inside a a saucepan of bowling water) so that your wax is not directly on the heat and ruining your saucepan. It takes a little while to get going, but be patient and don't leave it unattended! The wax melts faster if you break it up into smaller chunks.
3. Pour the wax carefully into the tea-cup - this can get quite messy so put a protective surface down and wear gloves to avoid burns from splashes. Adjust the wick to it sits in the middle of the candle, if it wont stay put you could rest a wooden skewer over the teacup and tie the wick to it just while the wax sets enough to hold it in place.
4. The wax will take a couple of hours to cool and set properly and as it does so you will notice that the middle of the candle will sink so that the surface is not flat. This doesn't look terrible, but I like to give my candles a little top up of wax to give a more even finish.
And that's it! You can use the same method with all sorts of different containers, as long as they are heat proof. It would be fun to make different candle holders out of things like egg cups or ramekins! Any other ideas?