Easy Handmade Demitasse Espresso Candle

This was such a simple project I almost didn't blog about it. But then I got to thinking I bet there are a lot of people out there who have odd-numbered sets of cups and saucers. This is a great way to make that odd one stand up and get noticed.

With Summer BBQ's and dinner parties alfresco, these easy Handmade Demitasse Espresso Candles would make great hostess gifts for the coffee lover in your life.

Easy Handmade Demitasse Espresso Candle

Easy Handmade Demitasse Espresso Candle

Lately, I've been enjoying a nice strong shot of espresso in the morning but I didn't have any demitasse cups to enjoy it in. I sent Mr. Frugalista on a thrift store mission (it's his favorite lunch hour past-time) to find a set for my morning ritual.

He found a cute set but unfortunately, there were only three but you can't beat the price. That was fine because really I only need one cup but having two comes in handy when sharing an espresso with a friend (hubby doesn't drink it).

Demitasse Cup and Saucer Set for Handmade Candles

What to do with the third?

Demitasse Handmade Espresso Coffee Candle

It was so easy to make and these are the supplies I used...

Materials to make a handmade espresso candle

I happen to have a 20 pack of IKEA Jubla candles in my stash, you know for emergencies. Well, this was one of those emergencies.

Melting wax for Handmade Demitasse Espresso Candle

Not having any soy or beeswax in my stash I did the next best thing and melted two of those Jubla candles. I've had this mini potpourri crock pot since the 80's and use it in the shop for this exact purpose. As the candles were melting I removed the old wick carefully with tweezers onto a sheet of wax paper.

I also saved a bunch of metal bases from burned tea lights. I strung a 4/0 wick through the bottom to use as the base for this candle wick.

To make my candle dark and smell like espresso when lit I added ground espresso beans from a K-cup into the wax as it was cooling.
Handmade Espresso Candle In Demitasse Cup

I had some wax left over after I poured it into the demitasse cup (using an old gravy spoon). Bonus, now I have a wax puck to use when doing wax resist on furniture makeovers.

If you look closely at the candle in the photo above you can see a little chunk missing from the top right.

Tip 1: Don't flip the cup upside down after you've made the candle. Ask me how I know.

Tip 2: Glue the cup and saucer together with E6000 glue BEFORE making the candle. 

Tip 3: How to easily remove old wax from candle holders

Did you know that if you want to easily remove old wax from candle holders (or anything for that matter) put it in the freezer for about 15 minutes? The wax will pop out like Grandma's teeth when she sneezes.

Handmade Demitasse Espresso Candle

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How To Make Easy Handmade Demitasse Espresso Candles
I think I'm going to look for a complete set of demitasse cups to turn into soy espresso candles for gifts considering they are so easy to make. I'll attach a pretty little card with my wax removal tip and they can be used later for their intended purpose.

Have you ever made your own candles? If so, I'd love to hear about it. If you have any helpful tips you would like to share, please leave them in the comments below.

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