DIY Tea Cup Candles

DIY Tea Cup Candles

There’s nothing quite as homey as the low, flickering light and heady aroma of a burning candle.  Especially when it’s a homemade candle, hand-poured into a Fiesta® Tea Cup.

This charming craft is super simple to make and the results are so beautiful you won’t want to stop with one batch. Nor should you!  Try coming up with intriguing scent and color combos by pairing a luscious fragrance with a complementary Fiesta® hue.  For instance, fill a Fiesta Tea Cup in Lemongrass with a tropical coconut lime scent.  A Paprika cup would be the perfect vessel for a caramel apple candle.  

To get started on this candle-making mission you will need the following:

3 Fiesta Tea Cups

1 lb. soy wax flakes (microwavable)

3 candle wicks with metal base

1.5 oz. candle scent (about 0.5 oz. per candle)

1 microwaveable mixing container such as a measuring cup

Hot glue gun

Thermometer 

Tea Cup Candles Ingredients

First, thoroughly wash and dry your Fiesta Tea Cups.  Adhere the candle wick to the bottom of the cup with a dab of hot glue.  You can also use some melted wax to adhere.

Tea Cup Candles Wicks

Next, heat the soy wax in your microwave for 3 to 4 minutes, until the wax reaches a temperature of about 170°.  When the wax has cooled slightly (to about 160°) add candle fragrance.  

Pour the mixture into your tea cups. Gently adjust the wick so it is centered, using two pens to help prop it up.  

Tea Cup Candles Pouring

Let the candles sit until the wax is cooled and solid. 

Tea Cup Candles Setting

Trim wick down to about ¼”. 

If you can help it, allow the candles to cure for several days before burning to allow for the best scent throw. 

Tea Cup Candle Lemongrass

Tea Cup Candles Lighting

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Setting the Easter Table

Setting the Easter Table

There’s nothing quite like the bright pops of color that spring up after a long, dreary winter.  So to celebrate Spring, we’ve decked the halls with fresh greens and sunny citrus hues which lend a decidedly cheerful note to our Easter festivities.  

Fiesta Spring Table

Elevate the Easter table with stacks of vivid dishes, mixing and matching until each setting looks like a basket of colorful eggs.  A beautifully decorated egg nested atop green paper grass is the perfect topper when nestled in our Bouillon Bowl.

Don’t forget the flatware!  We turned ours into an Easter Bunny staple- a fresh garden carrot.  Simply wrap up a set of green plastic utensils in an orange napkin.  Fasten closed with a length of coordinating color ribbon. 

Fiesta Bowl Nests

Take the nest concept and run with it!  Alternate the size and color of the nests’ bowls and display them down the center of the dinner table.  Perch a plastic or hardboiled egg on top. 

Easter Egg Tree

For a sweet centerpiece, top a Fiesta® Baking Tray with green grass and whimsical Easter characters like fuzzy chicks and snow white bunnies.  In the center of the tray place a potted Easter egg tree assembled by gluing varying sizes of decorated eggs to a foam cone.  Plant the tree in a gussied up terra cotta pot. 

Fiesta Easter Shakers

These adorable little creatures are sure to bring a smile to your guests’ faces!  Start with a Fiesta® Salt or Pepper Shaker in Sunflower for a chick or White for a bunny.  

For the chick, draw on two black dots for eyes using acrylic paint or a permanent marker.  Cut a small diamond shape out of orange paper and fold in half.  Affix the paper beak to your Sunflower Shaker with a dab of glue or some double-sided tape.  For the chick’s feet, cut two triangles from the orange paper and adhere.  

To create the bunny, cut out a tiny pink rounded triangle for the nose and adhere to the White Shaker with a dab of glue. Using either acrylic paint or a permanent marker, draw on two black dots for eyes and small mouth stemming from the nose.  

To make his furry ears, poke two white pipe cleaners through separate holes in the top of the shaker, placing one on the far right and one on the far left.  Pull the cleaner through the shaker until the end pokes through the bottom hole.  Knot the pipe cleaner and pull back up through the top of the shaker. 

Do this for both pipe cleaners and then carefully roll each downward, forming a spiraling circle.  Now gently pinch the circles, molding into a pointed ear shape.  

A bit of ribbon adds the final touch: a pastel bow tie. 

Lollipop Flower

The final hand-made item in our Easter celebration is a simpler take on our Lollipop Topiary.  For this version, we did away with the tree’s wooden trunk and instead placed the ball of lollipops straight in our oh-so-versatile Hostess Bowl.  To make the flower of pops, simply pierce a 5” to 6” foam ball with the stick end of a lollipop.  Do this for all 200 (or so) lollipops until the entire ball is covered.  

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Fiesta® Lollipop Topiary

Fiesta Lollipop Topiary

If you’re a sucker for sweets, you’ll love this fun craft, which puts a whimsical twist on a classic botanical design:  the topiary.  Perfect for gift giving or as an attention getting centerpiece, our version incorporates the shapely Fiesta® Hostess Bowl and more lollipops than we care to admit.   The result, however, is a stunning and clever work of art that can be devoured one lollipop at a time. 

To make the Lollipop Topiary you will need the following items:

  • 2-6” Foam Balls (or 1-6″ Ball and 1-4″or 5″ Ball)
  • Wooden Dowel,  5/16” diameter
  • Green Acrylic Craft Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Duct Tape
  • Fiesta® Hostess Bowl, any color
  • 250 small lollipops, such as Dum-Dums

Fiesta Topiary Ingredients

To assemble your topiary, first paint one of the foam balls with the green craft paint.  This will become the grassy mound supporting your tree.  Go ahead and paint the wooden dowel while you are at.  Allow to dry completely. 

Paint the Topiary Ball

While the paint is drying, you can start appling the sweet blossoms of the tree.   To do this, simply insert the stick of the lollipop into the remaining (unpainted) foam ball and press gently until the entire stick is submerged in the foam.  Repeat with all two-hundred-and-some-odd lollipops, making sure to space them close enough so that no foam shows through.  

While we chose to go over-the-top with a large 6” foam ball, a smaller 4” or 5” foam ball would work well and require less pops (and perhaps less duct tape). 

Adding Lollipops to Fiesta Topiary

Once the paint has dried, place the newly green foam ball in the Hostess Bowl.  For an extra secure structure, we used a generous amount of duct tape in the bottom of the bowl to help stabilize the ball. Once this foam ball is in place, carefully insert the wooden dowel into the lollipop covered foam ball, about half way inside.  With a gentle (but confident) motion, plunge the bottom of the dowel into the green foam ball so that the lollipops are elevated above the base.  Now step back and admire!

Fiesta Lollipop Topiary Tree

 

 

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Fiesta Hacks

FIESTA HACKS (3)copyHere at Homer Laughlin, we love thinking outside the box when it comes to using Fiesta. We believe that with our unique shapes and vivid colors, our dinnerware needs to be displayed as often as possible, instead of always being hidden in a cupboard! That’s why we started brainstorming alternative uses for our beloved dinnerware. We want to be able to flaunt our Fiesta, no matter what we’re doing! So get out your pens and paper, you might want to write these down 🙂

 

Cake/Cupcake Stand

Looking for a stylish way to show off your decadent desserts? Try using our Cake Plate with a Hostess Bowl flipped upside down as a stand! For tinier treats, swap the bowl for a Bouillon and the cake plate for a Saucer.

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Office Necessities

Here’s a fun way to brighten up your desk: use a Tumbler for pens, a Bouillon for rubber bands, a Ramekin for paper clips, a Sugar Packet Caddy for post-its, and a Toothbrush Holder for odds and ends. Your desk will be the talk of the office; just don’t forget the coffee in our Square Mug!

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Paint Palette

For all you artists out there, what better way to separate your paints than with our Egg Plate? The bright colors and cool designs of Fiesta are sure to trigger creativity. You can even keep your brushes clean in our Java Mug!

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Flowerpot

Of course you could use our Medium Vase for flowers, but we decided to get a little more creative. Here we used our Toothbrush Holder – perfect for short stemmed flowers! We’ve also seen collectors use Tumblers, Teapots, and even Disc Pitchers as vases. With Fiesta, the possibilities are endless!

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Do you have any Fiesta hacks? Let us know in the comments!

 

 

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DIY Fiesta Valentine’s Gumball Machine

DIYIt seems like just yesterday we were making valentines for our crushes, gorging ourselves with candy, and creating different red and pink themed crafts, elbow deep in glitter glue, when February rolled around. Even though those days are behind us, it doesn’t mean we can’t still make Valentine’s Day a fun and crafty holiday. Whether you’re celebrating February 14th with your partner or friends, this fun DIY Fiesta Gumball Machine is sure to make your day!

It’s super easy. All you need is a glass fishbowl, which you can find in most pet or convenience stores, a Jumbo Bowl, the lid from a Covered Teapot, and some ribbon to pull it all together. We chose Scarlet, but you can pick whichever of our 15 colors you’d like. And the best part is you don’t even have to use glue, just make sure it’s in a safe spot!

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The last (and most important) step is the candy. Here is the only place we had trouble in constructing our Fiesta gumball machine – in deciding which candy to use! Ultimately we chose M&M’s, but feel free to use your favorite Valentine’s Day candy. Now, just fill up the fishbowl with your treats and enjoy your DIY Valentine’s Gumball Machine.

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Finally, just like when you were a little kid, gorge yourself with candy 🙂

 

 

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DIY Fiesta Gratitude Jar

gratitude-jar-finalAt the start of every year, it is common to begin making your list of resolutions for the months to come. Everyone is anxious to start the year off on the right foot, whether that means improving your health, accomplishing a longtime goal, or simply trying something new! The New Year is also a time to reflect on the year that has passed and remember all of the good things that have happened.

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However, sometimes it can be difficult to keep track of all that happens on a day to day basis that makes us smile, or inspires us. So, with all there is to be thankful for over the course of a year, we thought it would be a good idea to start a Gratitude Jar – a way to look back on the year and remember all of the best memories we made!

 

gratitude jar 3To make your own Gratitude Jar, all you need is a Small Canister (we used Cobalt, but feel free to choose your favorite Fiesta color) slips of paper, and any decorations you want to add. Then start writing! You can jot down accomplishments, funny moments, random acts of kindness, reasons to be thankful, or anything else that will be sure to put a smile on your face. Then on New Year’s Eve, you can open up your Gratitude Jar and look back on the awesome year you had! The only catch – no peeking until December 31st! 🙂

 

 

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