I have been saving these tea tins for years (more than a dozen years) with no idea how to use them.
Then I saw these candles on good old Pinterest (the link is now gone but I’m sure there are others).
And Charlie had brought home these old candles (which should have gone into the dumpster) when he was cleaning out a house for an elderly woman’s estate.
Here’s where inspiration meets know-how. Apparently when Charlie was a boy he made candles first with his father and then on his own. His candles were so nice that he sold them.
I was just going to pour melted wax around a candle and call ‘er done. It didn’t work. But Charlie cut the tall candles to fit the tins leaving a long piece of wick extended to tie onto short pieces of wire (which he clipped from a clothes hanger).
We melted the bits of wax that were left over from cutting the candles to size in an old coffee can in a pot of boiling water.
Let the pot simmer until the wax is totally melted.
Once the wax is melted pour it into the tins being careful not to get burnt.
And let the whole project cool.
And the next morning you’ll have tea tin candles. Oh, no, wait a minute. What happened? The wax shrank in the tin.
So we heated up a little more wax and topped off the candles.
And so that’s why I’m calling Charlie the Tin Man. I think that’s nicer than the moniker for the third man in the rub-a-dub-dub tub.*
Are you working on a totally frugal project? Do you save things waiting for inspiration? Are these candles nice enough to give as token gifts? I like to give candles as a gift because if it’s not the recipient’s “cup of tea” he/she can just burn it.
* Candlestick maker