A guest post from Katy Carrier, crafts-master and green wedding planner extraordinaire
Ladies and…well, ladies…it’s my pleasure to introduce Mrs. Katy Carrier of Katy Carrier Events, who will be guiding you through a cool do-it-yourself soy candle project. <!–more–>
Making your own soy candles is a quick, easy and earth-friendly DIY project perfect for green wedding decor or gifts. The first time I saw Martha’s teacup candles I was hooked, and have been turning my vintage china finds into candles ever since. I also make filled soy wax votives out of clear glass holders and then add cute decorations like ribbon. Soy wax is clean burning and made from a renewable and naturally biodegradable source. I especially love that soy wax burns much longer than paraffin wax. As a wedding planner, I just hate those little paraffin votives that burn out halfway through the wedding reception!
Here are the supplies you’ll need:
- Containers like vintage teacups, bowls, or glass votive holders
- Soy wax – the microwaveable variety available at your local craft store is what I typically use
- Candle wicks (also available at the craft store; buy wicks at least 1″ longer than height of container)
- A microwaveable container for melting the wax
- Hot glue gun
- Optional: colored wax dye, scent, decorations like ribbon
- Wash your containers and dry them thoroughly.
- Place wick inside container in the bottom center and affix with hot glue.
- Heat the wax in a microwaveable container according to the instructions on the package. (Add any scent or color at this point if you like…please, no scented candles for wedding centerpieces though!)
- Pour the wax slowly into the container, adjusting the wick to make sure it is centered.
- Let the wax cool until solid.
- Trim the wick.
- Add any desired decorations.
And that’s it!
Teacup candles make a great favor or decoration for a bridal shower or luncheon and are a wonderful way to repurpose unused or mismatched china. Scour your local flea market or Salvation Army for a variety of charming vintage pieces.
I added simple decorations to these clear votives using ribbon, paper (I used paint chips snagged from the local hardware store), a feather butterfly, crocheted lace and a glue gun. That last one is in honor of Valentine’s Day, which is right around the corner
And there you go…happy crafting!