Last Minute Mother's Day Make

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Just in case you had forgotten, this Sunday is Mother's Day!! If like me, you like the occasional homemade gift, you've still got time to do this little DIY.
I found the above tea set in a charity shop for £2.99. I thought it was pretty, and with the added bonus of the "Mother" writing, it would make a perfect Mother's Day gift. My Mum has lots of teacups and tea services, so I wanted to create something a little different, than just giving her another set.
I love teacup candles, and decided this was what I was going to do with this little teacup. I found loads of tutorials following a quick Google search, and felt reasonably confident that I knew what I was going to do.
I bought a cheap pink candle to melt down, and some new wicks from Hobbycraft.
I slowly shaved down the candle to make it easier and quicker to melt. I put the wax shavings into a plastic bowl, which I then sat in a pan of boiling water. Its really important to make sure you don't let any of the water get inside the pan. Once some of the wax had started to melt, I dipped the wick anchor into it, to stick to the bottom of the tea cup. Don't cut your wick yet!

Once all the wax has melted (you will need more than you think!) take it off the heat for a moment before slowly pouring it into your teacup. Again make sure none of the condensation drips into the hot wax. Assuming your teacup is designed to have tea drunk out of it, there should be no problem with pouring the melted wax into it. Save a little of the wax back, to re-melt again later as the wax will sink and create a little pool around the wick that you will need to fill in, and to ensure a smooth finish.

You will need something to hold your wick up straight - as you can see, I was very professional and used two biros! Once the wax has fully hardened, this only took a couple of hours, fill in any pool that has been created by the wick and leave to hardened again.

And that's it! All that's left is to cut the wick to the desired length and present to your mummy, or any other important female figure in your life for mothers day! These also make lovely personal birthday gifts.

As you can see mine did set slightly oddly - I think this was due to using a multi coloured candle of various shades of pink and this is how it then separated out once melted.

I hope you give this a go!

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