For our wedding reception, our dinner china will all be mismatched plates. I saw this idea on a blog before we were even engaged and thought it was such a neat idea. Plus, china and dishes can be SO expensive to rent. So after we got engaged, I immediately started looking for dishes to use for the wedding. It has taken me about a year and a few months to collect them all but I can proudly say I am done! It probably sounds like a miserable experience trying to find all of these plates, but I found it fun. Digging through thrift stores and flea markets to find treasures is my idea of a fun Saturday afternoon! Anyways, in my quest for dishes, I had to buy a few full sets to get what I wanted (the flea market outside of Knoxville is amazing! Got 4 full sets of beautiful dishes for $20!). In these sets were these beautiful teacups. At first, I had no idea what I was going to do with them but kept them around anyways. I saw this idea on Pinterest and knew immediately I would use these teacups for some beautiful candles at our wedding! The process was really simple and they turned out so beautiful. I cannot wait to have them burning at our rehearsal dinner.
Beautiful teacups of any size
10 lbs of soy wax – this will get you about 25 candles of standard size teacups (I bought this one off amazon.com. It melted very easily and will burn for longer)
Candle Wicks ( I bought these off amazon.com)
Hot Glue Gun, Glue Sticks
Step One: Wash your beautiful teacups and then dry really well with a bar towel (if you have one), less lint!
Step Two: Melt your wax in a double boiler. I used a saucepan with a couple inches of water in it then a metal bowl on top to melt the wax in.
Step Three: Take your hot glue gun and put a small dot of glue in the bottom of your cup (this is where it is important to make sure your cups are really dry!)
Step Four: Press a wick into the dot of glue in each cup (some other tutorials say to use a small skewer across the top of the cup to hold your wick in place but I found I didn’t have a problem with it standing on its own)
Step Five: Take your melted wax and transfer it (carefully!) into a larger vessel with a pour spout. Then pour the wax into your cups until you are a half inch or so from the top.
Step Six: Cut your wicks while the wax is still liquid. I gave about an inch or so of wick past the wax. (Doing this at this point in the process to will help your wick to stand up straight instead of falling over.)