It is that awesome time of the month again when we get together to share our projects for the Monthly Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge! Since Mother’s Day is in a few weeks, I thought I’d help you out with a DIY gift idea. Surprise the mom in your life even if that mom is you! (No judgement here, momma.) This DIY mini mug candle is fast, easy, and frugal. Before we get the tutorial, I want to point out that I used recycled candle wax that I had collected over the years. My wax was already scented and colored so I didn’t have to add any of that. That is why you will see in the Materials that scented oil is optional.
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- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.
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Jeanie | Create & Babble Michelle | Michelle James Designs
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- Mini Thrift Store Coffee Mug
- Wooden Wick
- Old Soup Can
First cut your wooden wick in half.
Next, put the metal clip on the bottom then set your wick off to the side.
Put your wax in a cleaned soup can with the label removed.
Place your can of wax in a small pot of water.
2-3 inches of water is plenty.
Bring the pot of water to a boil over medium heat until the wax has melted.
If adding your own scent to the wax, do so at this point once your wax is melted.
After the wax has melted, pour a small amount into the mug.
**CAUTION** The can will be hot so be sure to use pot holder to pour the wax.
Next press your wick, clip-side down, into the wax in the bottom of the mug.
Allow the wax to set.
Fill the rest of your mug with wax.
Allow the wax to set completely. I let mine site overnight.
Lastly, trim your wick so that it is only ¼ to ½ inch above your wax.
It doesn’t get much easier than this DIY mini mug candle. In fact, I can’t wait to get more mini mugs to make even more of them. Mini stuff is simply the cutest. Some of us *cough, cough* fall head over heels for it every time! Now, let’s get on to the other awesome projects from my friends!
And now for more thrifty goodness!
Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!