Tuesday, November 22, 2011

tea time



For me Christmas means handmade presents as much as I can, when I can. This year for some friends and family I'm making some candle tea cups. It's not a new idea, I'm sure most (if not all of you) have seen them either at markets or online. The great part is that it's quite easy to make them and not too expensive either. I've been looking out for lonely teacups at the thrift stores all year and slowly gathered a collection, I had a strict budget of no more than $2 a cup which saw most cups being left behind, seems the thrift stores think lonely cups are worth a lot more than me! I got most of my supplies from here and a few from Trademe. I used soy wax.

I melted the wax in an old tin can on the lid of my crock pot while I had some chickpeas soaking. But of course you can pop the can in a saucepan of water and melt it that way! They were very quick to make and I think they look great (even if I do say so myself). I'm hoping that they will be gratefully received! Is it just me or is Christmas creeping up ever so fast?

11 comments :

  1. they look lovely! I've been collecting a few dishes to make some candles in, I've made a few in baby jars which was fun. Sure they will be a very well received gift :)

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  2. They're lovely - such a great gift idea :-)

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  3. they look awesome, i have actually never seen it done before...neat easy presents thats for sure

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  4. Love this idea, I would love to receive this :)
    I am also trying to do handmade this year, and I'm starting to think I should have started in June :)

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  5. nice blog..walking here with a smile. take care.. have a nice day ~ =D

    Regards,
    http://www.lonelyreload.com (A Growing Teenager Diary) ..

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  6. They look so gorgeous - I am inspired, think they would make great teacher gifts!

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  7. Hi, i love those candles, the orchid cup is so beautiful. What do you use for wicks and where do buy the wick? I have a collection of cups and would love to make these for my family for Xmas

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  8. Hi Homegirl, I used wicks from www.lotusoils.co.nz, but Trademe has a good selection too. It's a great way to use up lonely cups!

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  9. Hi, thankyou so much for that, I will try Lotusoils as unfortunately we no longer have a trade aid in Invercargill. I have a basket of pretty and lonely cups, i just need to be able to part with them LOL. Really love your blog.

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  10. these are brilliant... you're so clever!
    (p.s. i especially love that orchid cup.)

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