Today I’m so excited to share a tutorial with you for a homemade candle inside my favorite tea tin. This is a fun project to do with friends and makes a great gift for a foodie friend! The DIY Tea Tin Candle will be a gift that keeps on giving each time it is used.
Watch this in-depth tutorial to see how I make my tea tin candle:
Wayyyyyy back in the day, my sister wrote a post for Sweet Cayenne called DIY Coffee Cup Candles. Since it was published three years ago, it has become THE MOST popular post on my blog, bringing in tens of thousands of visitors each year! Crazy since this is a food blog, right??? Well, I’ve grown to really love making homemade candles over the years – so much so that I sold them on Etsy for a while! I always have supplies on hand to whip up a candle for a friend’s birthday gift or to make a new scent for us to enjoy when the season changes. It is a really relaxing and easy DIY project, and I love how the house smells as the candle is curing!
This year I had the idea to make a candle in a tea tin! My all-time favorite tea is the Hot Cinnamon Sunset flavor from Harney & Sons. It is AH-MAZ-ING!!!! Have you ever tried it? Well now is a good time, because it tastes like the holidays and you can re-purpose the tin when you are finished to make a gorgeous candle!
Tea Tin Candle Supply List
- Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Sunset Tea Tin (or a Mason jar, teacup, coffee mug, or whatever you like!)
- Natural soy wax
- 6” cotton candle wicks (use this tutorial to help determine exactly what size you need based on the wick you are using)
- Fragrance oil (my favorite oils are from Candle Science; other scents I’ve had success with are Mistletoe, Cranberry Marmalade, Very Vanilla, and Cinnamon Buns)
- Microwave safe bowl (I need to buy these liquid measuring cups because of the pour spout!)
- Rubber spatula
- Craft sticks
- Hot glue gun
Are you ready to get make these Tea Tin Candles? Good! I’m so excited for you to try this fun project. Once you get the chance to make one, please let me know how it turns out for you! Leave a comment and rate the instructions below. This will help me with the creation of future recipes! I’d also love to feature your creation in my monthly newsletter, so you can upload a photo to Instagram or Twitter with the tag @sweetcayenne5 to be featured! You can also find me on YouTube. Be sure to check out the DIY Coffee Cup Candle post if you haven’t already.
- One Harney and Sons empty tea tin, washed and wiped dry
- 16.7 ounces of natural soy wax, or enough wax to fill your vessel twice
- 1.3 ounces of fragrance oil, or 8% of your total wax weight; I use Hasel and Gretel’s House scent
- One 6-inch cotton candle wick
- Hot glue gun
- Two popsicle sticks
In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave the wax on high in increments of 3 minutes, stirring as needed, until the wax is melted and reaches a temperature of 185℉.
While the wax is melting, use a hot glue gun to place a dab of glue on the bottom of the candle wick. Use a popsicle stick to press the bottom of the wick firmly into the center of the tea tin base. Place the popsicle sticks on opposite sides of the wick to hold it in place in the center of the tea tin.
Once the wax is heated and has reached 185℉, slowly pour the fragrance oil in a steady stream. Stir the mixture slowly for 30 seconds.
Let the wax mixture cool to 135℉. Slowly pour the cooled wax into the prepared tea tin.
Adjust the popsicle sticks to hold the wick in place as the wax hardens and cures. Let the candle cure for 24 hours before lighting.
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