DIY Candles

Mother’s Day is on Sunday so we thought we’d share a quick DIY project for you to make. In the process we decided to make some molds and create our own candles.

DIY tea cup candle for Mother’s Day

What we used: 

  • Candle making kit (ours came with a pouring pot, wax, wicks, fragrance and some containers) 
  • Stove
  • Large pot
  • Super glue
  • Tea cup

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Step 1:

  • Start to boil a pot of water (yes, you can use your home stove).
  • Glue the wick to the bottom of the tea cup.

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Step 2:

  • Once your water is boiling, empty the wax into the pouring pot and place the pouring pot in the boiling water.
  • When the wax is almost completely melted, mix in the fragrance.
  • Pour the wax into the tea cup, make sure the wick is still centered and let dry. Preferably over night. (We tested some color at first which is why the wax is pink but we added plain wax on top of that once it was dry.)

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Step 3:

  • Trim the wick.
  • Add a tea-shaped card with a note and tie it to handle of the tea cup. 
  • Gift away!

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Creating silicone molds for a candle

Additional materials: 

  • 3D printed characters
  • Small clear acrylic boxes
  • Extra wicks
  • Gloves
  • Sandpaper
  • X-acto knife
  • Super glue
  • Tape
  • Pliers and wire cutters
  • Silicone material
  • Tattoo ink

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Step 1:

  • Print out the characters or shapes you want for the candle. Clean up any excess material. 

                      Note: We have a MakerBot so we found ours on Thingiverse.

  • Glue a wire or a plastic material to the top of your character to mark where your wick will be.
  • Glue the characters to the bottom of the acrylic boxes.

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Step 2:

  • Mix your silicone material. Ours involved measuring, weighing, mixing and placing the material in a vacuum chamber.

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Step 3:

  • Pour the material on one side slow enough that it’s able mold around the character without creating air bubbles.
  • Fill to about a quarter of an inch past the top of the plastic piece for the wick.
  • We dried ours overnight in a pressure chamber to ensure there were no air bubbles in our molds.

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Step 4:

  • Break open the boxes.
  • Cut the sides of the acrylic molds in a zig-zag pattern and pull out the 3D models.
  • Tape the silicone mold back together.

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Step 5:

  • Put the wick through the mold in the area where the plastic piece was and trim it. 
  • We mixed the wax with tattoo ink in a cup.
  • Fill the mold with wax and let it dry for a few hours.
  • Peel the tape off and carefully remove the wax candle.
  • You can reuse the mold. Just keep taping it before pouring in the wax.

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