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Inspiration can strike at anytime. Whether it be from the colors in nature, a page out of a favorite magazine, a pretty display in the store or a walk down the aisles of a fabric store. When that moment hits…it’s like a smack on the forehead. Recently friends and I were invited to a Joanna Gaines event at a beautiful store. While there I sat down on a lovely nail-head trimmed sofa (yes, it was gorgeous) and I was struck by the fabulous fragrance of cinnamon spice. If you’ve known me for any amount of time then you know that I love spiced candles – cinnamon, cloves and vanilla are my favorite. Another thing that I love is copper. Imagine my surprise when I found the source of the fabulous spice fragrance in this beautiful wooden bowl. (This post contains affiliate links.)
They smelled AHmazing, but they came with a hefty $38.00 price tag. For just a nano second I was considering paying the price to have this fabulous fragrance in my own home. Thank goodness I came to my senses and said to myself “You can figure out a way to do this yourself!”
A couple of days later I was out treasure hunting with a friend. We happened upon a fantastic antique shop filled with lots of vintage goodies. One large booth had lots and lots of copper items and luckily for me they were an additional 40% off! I purchased lots of copper items, including these fabulous mugs.
I’m not quite sure of what specific beverage they are used for and I am not even sure that they are truly vintage. But…the $16.80 price tag (after discount) for four mugs was too good of a deal to pass up.
The ceramic white insert cups were removable. Look for these to be used in my Christmas decor 🙂
These copper mugs are larger than than the inspiration cups. My copper mugs hold approximately 12 ounces of liquid.
- 100% Natural Soy Wax flakes
- Candle wicks made for soy candles
- Essential oil fragrances meant for candle making. I used Cinnamon and Clove
- Hot glue
- Skewers to hold wicks. You could also use pencils or popsicle sticks.
- Copper Mug or other vessel for your candle
- You could also get a Candle Making Kit
To make four 12-ounce copper mug candles:
- 2 pounds of Soy Candle wax flakes. Rough rule of thumb is double the amount of wax for the size of your container.
- Melt in a double broiler or old metal coffee can.
- Assemble wicks while the wax is melting.
- Add essential oils to melting wax. I used 10 ounces of fragrance. Rule of thumb is 10 drops of oil per 16 ounces of wax. I wanted a more potent fragrant candle.
- Add a dot of hot glue to the bottom of metal tip of wick and place in the bottom of mug.
- Wrap the wick around the skewer to keep it from falling into melted wax.
- Pour wax into mugs, be cautious and avoid getting burned.
- Let sit for 6 hours until wax is hardened.
- Trim wicks.
This is how I taped up the wicks…
I love how the soy wax hardens to this bright white color.
Not to brag…but I nailed it LOL. The candles smell so good that they don’t even need to be lit. Even Honey Bee commented about how great the house smells. It’s like autumn in a cup.
When lit, the fragrance of the cloves is fabulous. The perfect blend of spice when paired with the cinnamon.
So, as a reminder – the inspiration spice candle was $38.00. My candle cost $7.55! That means four candles cost $30.20 – still less than the original candle. And my candles are twice the size of the original. I am super excited and love how my candles turned out. I plan to keep one and give the rest as gifts.
Where do you find inspiration?
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