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2013, December 2

Vintage-looking Teacup Candles

I first saw a teacup candle picture a few years ago. It was so cute, I decided to make one myself. So, naturally, I forgot all about it. Until now!

Below is what I had fun with a couple of nights these past weeks. My favorite cup is the one I featured more, it now decorates the top of my book case.

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Vintage-looking Teacup Candles

a selection of teacups or coffee cups
wax (or discarded, half-burnt candles)
wax wicks
wooden skewers
candle-making dyes or old crayon pieces and essential oils
double boiler (a small pot you won’t regret ruining inside another pot with water inside it will also do)

Tie the wax wicks onto the wooden skewers, then place on your selection of teacups. Make sure they’re nice and straight, perpendicular to the bottom.

Add your wax to the smaller pot of your double-boiler. Chop or grate it ahead of time so you can speed the melting process. If you use paraffin wax, try adding some grated or chopped crayon pieces to add color to the candle, in place of candle dye.

I used discarded and half-burnt candles, so all the coloring was there for me to have fun with already.

Once the wax has all melted to a liquid state, remove the double-boiler from the heat and allow to cool for a couple of minutes. Add your candle dye (if desired) and scents to it.

While your wax is still nice and liquid, pour it into the prepared teacups, leaving ½ an inch of space from the lip of the cup. Allow this to cool completely (4-6 hours is ideal), then trim your wicks and you’re done.

These are also super recyclable, as you can refill the cups endless times after they’ve burnt out!

I love that I now have beautiful, handmade teacup candles to give as gifts!

Happy candle-making! ;)

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2013, September 2

Fall-Themed Mason Jar Candle Holder

I saw the tutorial for a Halloween mason jar candle holder back in August 2012. Turning it into a fall-themed one instead of sticking with Halloween (as it’s not celebrated here), I have crafted one for myself last Fall. I never got around to share it on the blog though, so let’s make up for lost time ;)

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Fall-Themed Mason Jar Candle Holder

mason jar
graphic paper
cardstock
clear packing tape
adhesive
tea light

Start by measuring from the tip to where you want you want your mason jar covered. You can use any size mason jar for this project. The small ones are especially cute, the big ones can handle larger candles than a tea light.

Make sure your cardstock is big enough to fit around with only a very small overlap. Now take packing tape and run it over the entire length of your cardstock. If you need more tape just make another row with a narrow overlap.

Burnish down the cardstock on to the tape. You can use a brayer, your fingers or the roll of tape so you get it stuck on there really well.

Now, completely saturate with water. You can even take it over to the sink, as it needs to be really soaked.

Starting in one corner, start to rub your finger on the soaked paper. It should start to peel away, the top color will disappear, exposing the white core below. You can add more water and start to wear away the white core some more, but be careful not to rub away the entire image. Take it outside and weigh it down or hang to dry.

After it dried, get rid of the extra paper pulp sweeping it away with a brush, or run a sanding block over it. Gently ink the edges if you want to. Add a good coat of Modge Podge.

Set the piece on the side of your jar, and wipe off any excess glue. Mason jars narrow or widen at the base, so there will always be a little play to getting it to match up. I personally went diagonally, having a few small layers overlap. It added an extra pattern.

Never use hot glue, as once the candle is in your candle holder, it may soften from the heat!

Finish your candle holder by decorating with cut out leaves, pumpkin, or other templates, a smoosh ribbon, buttons, artificial flowers, etc.

Drop a tea light inside and you’re done!

Happy crafting! ;)

2011, October 5

Wine glass candle holder

Last time, I talked about creating Vintage looking candle holders. Now, let’s try that with wine glasses.

Do you have sets of wine glasses that are missing a piece? Get the numbers even again by using the extra glass for a project.

Here’s how you can make a candle holder out of it.

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Wine glass candle holder

wine glass
cardstock
glue
decorations of your own choice
candle

Cut a round piece of cardstock that’s about half a centimeter bigger than the circumference around the rim of the glass. Place the glass upside down in the middle of your cardstock and draw around that circumference with a pencil.

Glue your choice of decoration onto the cardstock inside the line. You can use so many different decorations like artificial flowers and leafs, seashells, pebbles, pine cones, ribbons, small toys, etc. (I LOVE the variety this provides!)

Glue the glass onto the cardstock making sure all the decorations are within the interior of the glass.

Place a candle on top of the glass’ foot and you’re all done :)

*if you use different sizes and shapes of glasses, the effect is even more interesting when you use them all together as centerpieces*

2011, September 7

Upcycling – Vintage looking candle holders

I set aside this copper cup and plate from when we had the new counter made a couple of months ago (during the massive de-cluttering session following that) when we decided what goes to charity and what stays. They looked pretty ancient (and completely useless for drinking out of).
I also found a cup and plate that used to be from a set, but I have no idea where the rest of them are (probably got broken over the years).

So I figured I’d better hold on to them and see if I can come up with something interesting.

And what do you know? I did come up with something ;)

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Vintage looking candle holders

old (looking) cup and plate – I used copper and porcelain ones
hot glue
glass candle holder (optional)
candle

Glue your cup to the plate with hot glue.

Optionally add a glass candle holder (I had at one at home so added it since it was the perfect size for the copper cup)

Add a candle that you like best and voilá – you have your own vintage looking candle holders.

I still have a couple of ideas for making candle holders out of stuff laying around the house, so stay tuned ;)

2009, December 16

Last Christmas special: Candle holders and wall pictures

I’ve reached the last of my homemade gifts posts and I saved my personal favorites for last: a beautiful candle holder and wall pictures with specific Christmas images.

How to make – Plaster castings

Candle holder and picture castings

measuring cup
rubber bowl
spoon to mix
plaster powder (the one that dries white is best)
water
casting molds (candle holder and picture frame shaped molds)

The most important thing is you should follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to mix your plaster powder with water (I mixed 2 parts plaster powder with 1 part water). Place the powder to the bowl, add the water and slowly mix.

The mixture you get from that should be a bit thick but runny, liquid enough to flow off of your spoon without any additional help.
I found that the more watery the mixture is, the longer it will take to dry (which doesn’t really matter if you’re using small molds cause they dry very quickly in those), and the pieces will also be lighter in weight once dry.
It’s also easier to work with if the mixture is more watery as it won’t set as fast (and you won’t have to throw away half of it because it’s hardened).

Use the mixture immediately after and spoon it into the plastic molds for candle holders and picture frames.
If you tap the molds, it will make the air bubbles come to the backside of the pieces and they’ll look more esthetic.

Leave them sit, and after a few minutes feel the back of the castings and you can also place thread, paper clips, etc. to the back for hanging or whatever you want to use them for).

Leave them for at least 20-30 minutes, then when they are firm you can carefully remove them from the mold.

Use a craft knife to get rid of the excess plaster around the edges.

Let the pieces dry completely (I left them on the radiator overnight and by morning they were ready to use/paint).

Use acrylic paint to paint the pieces. Water color paint works well also, but the color is not as intense.
Once painted and dry, use clear acrylic sealer on them to protect them from moisture and to give them a nice glossy look.

You can also decorate with glitter glue, dried fruits, spices, etc. the limit is your imagination!

Wall pictures

After the plaster casting of your frame is completely dry, place the colored top layer of a paper napkin and trace with your fingernails the inner space of the frame so it will fit perfectly after you cut that part out.

Use liquid glue to spread it on the square frame surface, place the exactly cut top layer of the napkin of your choice and gently smooth over the napkin as much as you can while making sure the placement is right and centered. You can gently smooth over the creases by applying glue bit by bit on a cotton swab for example (make sure you use something that won’t scratch the surface!).

Don’t worry if it’s a bit creasy and not perfectly smooth, it gives a more antique look to your picture when it dries.

(You can also try this technique on wooden or cardboard boxes too, other plaster crafts, etc.)

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I hope you enjoyed my holiday special postings where I showed you how to make some cool gifts, decorations and other useful things on your own, like:

  • Winter and Christmas window decorations #1

  • Christmas tree decorations from plaster

  • Christmas flower decorations
  • Christmas gift bags

  • Advent wreath or table centerpiece

  • Winter and Christmas window decorations #2

  • Christmas present gift tags and greeting cards

and now Candle holders and wall pictures all of which you can find in my Arts, Crafts (& Recycling) category in case you missed them.

I had so much fun while making them and I’m sure I’ll miss posting about my latest creations as often as I did these past weeks, but I’ll still post any time I tried some new craft.

Like I’ve said before, a few ideas go a long way, all these gifts I posted about can very well be cute and thoughtful, yet inexpensive Christmas (and not only!) gifts for your loved ones and amazing decorations in your own home.

Happy crafting everyone! ;)

 

Later update: You can also find my post about the “Autumn window decorations” right here on Pillowchats.com

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