Handmade Gifts For Any Season

We're always looking for new ways to come up with thoughtful gifts.

Aren't these handmade teacup candles such a great way to sit down and cover several gifts at one time?

Not only is this easy but you can also melt down your old candles and combine them to use for the teacups. Instead of throwing your candles out when the wick stops burning, save them all for a project like this one.

After a quick trip to a vintage store, you'll have a box full of different and interesting teacups…and it doesn't matter if they match. Imagine that!

Here are some instructions for making the candles from marthastewart.com:

1. In a small pan set over a larger pan of simmering water, melt down old candles; clip the thermometer to the upper pot, and keep temperature at about 185 degrees. Remove old wicks with tongs.

2. Cut a piece of wicking to the cup's height plus 2 inches. Clamp one end to a wick sustainer; tie the other end around a skewer. Dip wicking and sustainer into melted wax to coat them. Remove and stick sustainer to cup's bottom.

3. Pour in the wax, stopping 1/2 inch below the cup's rim. Allow wax to set, about 1 hour. The candle will harden with a well in the center. To even it out, use another skewer to prick a circle of holes about 1/16 inch deep around the wick. Pour in melted wax until surface is 1/4 inch below rim. Cut wick.

Tools that you'll need:

Nested pans
Partially burned candles
Candy or candle thermometer
Tongs
New wicking
Teacups
Wick sustainers
Wooden skewers

So what do you think? Give me your comments and feedback below. And, oh, by the way, don't forget to tell a friend if you like what you see! xo

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