There’s a new dog in town, and it’s called Goodwill – located right on Route 11 in Cicero by Caughdenoy Rd.
If you’ve never been to a Goodwill, I’d recommend checking it out because it is so pristine clean. I went in with an idea of making candles out of old dinnerware, so that’s right where I headed.
There were several rows of teacups, mugs, plates, bowls, vases and more. I had a specific item in mind – a tea cup. I ended up getting a teacup and a beautiful bowl (much like you’d see in a Pottery Barn or Pier 1).
This is how I made candles in literally less than 10 minutes….
- Dinner ware or anything you think would be cool to make a candle out of (my tea cup and bowl from Goodwill were each $1.99)
- Hot glue gun or something sticky for bottom of wick
- Wax for the candle – I used this
- Glass measuring cup
1. Clean your tea cup/candle holder
2. Get the wick prepared
Ok so I admit, I didn’t even look up instructions on how to do this, I just went with my instinct. I hot glued the wick to the bottom of the tea cup and bowl… maybeeee not the “correct” way to do it – but it does the job and sounded a lot easier than tying the wick to a pencil and trying to hang it at the correct length. I did put a knife (or some long object) across the top so the wick didn’t end up back in the wax. It looks like after doing some research you can use a clothes pin and balance that across the tea cup. Coulda shoulda woulda.
3. Heat the wax
BEAUTIFUL thing about it being 2015… you can now microwave wax. No more of that get two pots and boil thing, now you can simply put wax in a microwaveable dish and heat away. So I found out through a little trial and error 1 minute heated up this wax perfectly. Fill up, heat and repeat until the container you’re making into a candle is full. Most DIY candle instructions you’ll read say to measure it out – it sounded like too much work, so I just kept filling my bowl til it was full.
4. Let them dry
It’s as simple as that, seriously. Now all you do is let them get firm and cool off, and they’re ready to burn!
What you should learn from my mistakes….
Put down newspaper underneath your craft area.
Use an appropriate bowl/measuring cup to heat the wax in the microwave
Why you ask? I ended up dropped a bowl of hot wax all over my kitchen counter/floor because I didn’t necessarily make the best bowl decision. Learn from me, that’s what I’m here for.
All in all, I’d call it a first time success. One more note, I did glue the tea cup to the plate with E-6000 glue from Michaels, that way it doesn’t slip and slide. Overall the project cost me about $10 to make 2 candles (don’t forget you craft store coupon) – and now I have the supplies to make more candles!
Here’s the end result…