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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Tea Tin Candles

Recycle pretty tea tins by turning them into beautiful candles!!


Four 6-inch-length wire-core wicks, primed
4 wick holders
4 tins, approximately 4 inches deep and 2 inches wide
2.5 ounces stearin
1 disk wax dye, if desired
1.5 pounds paraffin wax


1. Insert a length of primed wick into each wick holder and place a wick in the center of each tin.

2. In the top of a double boiler over medium heat, melt the stearin and wax dye, if using.

3. Add the wax. Melt and mix thoroughly. Heat to 190 degrees Fahrenheit.

4. Anchor the wicks in the tins by pouring enough wax into each tin to cover about 1/2 inch of each wick. Allow the wax to cool for about 30 minutes.

5. Wrap the end of the wicks around tie rods and rest the rods on the tops of the containers. Take up any slack in the wicks and center them within the tins. Be careful not to dislodge the anchors.

6. Reheat the wax to 190 degrees Fahrenheit and fill the tins to within 1/2 inch of the top. Allow to cool for one hour.

7. If the wax settles, reheat the remaining wax to 190 degrees Fahrenheit and top off the candles as necessary.

8. Cool for several hours or overnight. Remove the tie rods, trim the wicks to 1/4 inch, and the candles are ready to light.

(From Country Living Magazine. This project originally appeared in the book Country Living Homemade Candles.)


smitten by britain said...

Sounds like a great idea for Christmas gifts, eh?

Olivia said...

Love this idea! Thanks!

parTea lady said...

I've been wanting to try making candles in teacups for a long time. The tea tin candles are also a nice idea.

Marilyn Miller said...

What a fun idea!

Steph said...

Now, that IS a GREAT idea and I want to do it! I will need to figure out how to do beeswax, as I don't use petro-based candles for air quality (asthma) reasons. This is SO cool!

Denise at Uniquely Tea said...

Thanks for everyone's comments. They are cool, aren't they?

Sheri said...

Oh what a great idea!! Thank you so much for this tutorial! I hope you don't mind if I link to this on my blog!, birthday, any gifts....Thanks!

Beth said...

Those are very unique.I may have to try that sometime.

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