Sunday, 6 November 2011

Flowerpot candle tutorial

I came home with a fantastic haul of tiny terracotta flowerpots from a car boot sale a month or two ago. I often stick a lit candle or a tealight in a flowerpot but I fancied taking it one step further with my little collection. Here's a quick tutorial for making flowerpot candles.

You will need

Flowerpots or other small containers of your choice
Wax. I bought some with added stearin (hardener) from here. Here's another online option.
Container wicks. I bought mine from the same online shop as above.
Double boiler (bowl placed over a pan of simmering water)
Scoop or small pot to transfer wax to pots (I used an old sippy cup)
Duct tape or sealing tape
Sharp knife
Baking tray or plate
Foil or greaseproof paper

If your pots are secondhand like mine, then wash them out. I was impatient to get going so I dried them on a baking tray in the oven at 100 degrees C for ten minutes or so.

Once the pots are dry (and have cooled) seal the drainage holes with a piece of duct tape or sealing tape.

Cover a baking tray or plate with foil or greaseproof paper and put the flowerpots on it. If your pots are of different sizes like mine then place a container wick in each one and cut them to size so that the top of the wick is about 1cm above the top of the pot. Remove the wicks from the pots and set aside.

Melt the wax in a bowl over gently simmering water.

When it has melted completely, scoop some into each pot until the level is about 1 cm below the top of the pot. I had a little extra wax so grabbed our kitchen penny pot, an old bovril teacup, and made an extra candle.

Let the wax cool for a few minutes until it has a skin on the surface and is a soupy consistency. Use the knife to pierce a hole in the skin and insert the wick.

As the wax solidifies you can move the wick slightly so that it's in the middle of the candle.

As the wax is cooling tap the pots to allow any bubbles to rise to the surface. Allow the wax to solidify completely before lighting.

Having a small candle-lighting session each evening before nestling under a quilt is a good thought. I'm glad I made these.

I was at a bonfire-themed Underground Farmers' Market in London yesterday. It was a fabulous event but it means that I'm running a little behind. I'll make a mosaic or two from the Making Winter flickr pool for tomorrow and draw this lovely week to a close.

Meanwhile this week's bloghop is here. There's so many ace seasonal projects - do go and take a peep.


Planet Penny said...

These are lovely Emma, I've really enjoyed the Making Winter week. It's been like a bumper copy of Country Living, but even better. Thanks to you and Mrs TW, looking forward to the next one!

Pomona said...

What a lovely idea! I have all sorts of old scented candle glasses and little flowerpots, so guess what I will be handing out for Christmas? Thank you so much for sharing your supplier, too.

Pomona x

Twiggy said...

Lovely Emma, I hve some old mismatched china cups I was going to use them for pincushion holders, but these look so pretty.
twiggy x

Rachel said...

A couple of drops of essential oil stirred in just before you poured the
wax would have made scented candles... Cinammon would be good!

Pink Milk said...

Super idea and links - candlelight to me is synonymous with cosy winter evenings!

Have loved the 'making winter' week too but have had to be happy to enjoy it vicariously - lurking on hubby's iPad while my poor little aged laptop is being rebuilt!


Penelope said...

I've always thought little garden pots would be perfect for making candles, so simple and beautiful. Thanks for sharing your tutorial with us xox

Karen S Booth said...

A WONDERFUL idea for candles for the winter months! Thanks!

millefeuilles said...

Candles get me through the gloomy winter evenings with a smile. We even light them for breakfast too.

This is a lovely idea, thank you Emma.

Thrifty Household said...

Yeah, you got to make them! They look great...have fun, see you soon for some catching up!

Madelief said...

Hi Emma,

Thank you for the tutorial. The little pots look really nice!

Happy new week,

Madelief x

Freda said...

Lovely tutorial - clear and generous. Candles it is. Making Winter week has been great fun! Roll on December..

driftwood said...

lovely lovely lovely x

Mrs. Micawber said...

I love little flowerpots and am always wishing I had an excuse to buy some...

Now I do! These are simply adorable. Thanks for the great idea.

Making Winter has been wonderful so far - I keep finding myself thinking of posts that would fit in with the theme. Thanks so much for starting it up with Mrs. TH.

dottycookie said...

So lovely, sigh. I am way behind the curve - up to my eyes in crystals and fishing line here - and must confess to a slight feeling of being overwhelmed by all the blog loveliness. I will try to take my time hopping around and catching up. What a good idea!

Tabiboo said...

I love candles at this time of the year and tend to use them more so - boy do we get through a lot!

You're tutorial has given me lots of ideas. Just you wait - not a teacup will be found to sip out of.

Nina x

ps. thank you :) x

Paula said...

You know, I think this would be a great project to use some pots I bought from the local charity shop a year or so ago. They're tiny and I have about 5 or 6 of them, I've been wanting to make something with them but had no idea what. I'll have to look at the candle making supplies at HobbyCraft next weekend.