Aren’t these just the cutest lil candles?
I don’t know about you, but I LOVE candles. They are incredibly relaxing, and just set a perfect cozy ambience in a room. That being said, it is unfortunate that most candles are quite toxic. I’m talking about paraffin candles. Check out the article on this pin.
Well, that says a lot. Parrafin candles come with many dangers. These types of candles produce soot when they are burned, and this soot is subject to inhalation by us! They can then penetrate deep levels of the lungs, and lower respiratory tract. On top of that, many candles have lead in their wick – what??? Yeah, you read that right. Low level exposure to lead and the soot produced by paraffin candles can lead to the following issues.
- kidney troubles
- neurological problems
- sleep disturbances
- memory loss
- breathing difficulties
This isn’t even the whole list. Soooo, what to do??? We love candles and the mood they set, but it’s definitely not worth all these health issues! Well, hooray, I’ve got an alternative: BEESWAX!!! My mom used to make beeswax candles when I was growing up, and whenever she was making them, the house would be filled with the amazing aroma of beeswax (which smells like honey if you didn’t know)! Oh, how I LOVE that smell!!! Not only that, but beeswax is non-toxic and completely natural, so it is safe to burn candles made of beeswax.
Based on all this, I made these cutie patootie candles with 100% organic beeswax, and all-natural wick free of lead, zinc, and other metals. The result is an adorable candle that smells amazing and is safe to burn to your heart’s content!
Okay, let’s get to this craft!
ESPRESSO CUP CANDLES
All you need to make the candles is an espresso cup, beeswax, and wick. I painted my own afterwards, but you can purchase cutely decorated espresso cups and just make a candle out of them if you don’t want to paint your own. If you do decide to buy plain espresso cups and paint them yourself, you will also need paint and paintbrushes.
1.) Cut your beeswax into chunks and place them in the espresso cup. Put in the microwave for 4 minutes. As the wax melts down, add more. Continue this until the level of melted wax reaches the level you would like.
2.) Place your wick into the center of the espresso cup. Place the scissors on something that puts them at a level where they can hold the wick in place. Use the scissors to hold the wick in place as the wax hardens.
3.) Allow the wax to harden completely. This will probably take an hour or so. I let mine sit overnight just to be safe. Once hardened, cut the wick so there is about 1/2-3/4 inch wick above the wax.
4.) Your candle is now ready to paint! Paint however you would like, or like I said, you can also just start with espresso cups that are already decorated to your liking.
5.) Let the paint dry, and your candle is ready to burn!
SOOOO CUTE! These are also available for purchase at my Etsy store. They are customizable, or you can just buy the candles in plain white cups with saucers and decorate them yourself. Enjoy! 🙂