A few months ago, I was in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania giving a speech to members of the Urban Land Institute. Since my flight got there rather early (I guess no one realized my flight from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh would take all but 30 minutes), I did what I do best: thrift store shop.
On the outskirts of Philly, I found a small junk/thrift/cafe store that was meant for rummaging. I found a variety of glass shot glasses and thought they would make lovely tealight candles. So, for the past few months, they sat stashed away in the craft shed. Until this holiday break…
Start with clean shot glasses: scour Goodwill, Salvation Army, flea markets, your attic, whatever! Just don’t go run out and buy brand new ones… defeats the whole point of recycling!
You’ll need some basic supplies: paper or newspaper to cover your work surface, some wicks, an old candle or two, and a large container to melt the wax in. You can find everything at the craft store. And look for an old pillar candles at home that–for some reason–you can’t light anymore and could be melted down for the project.
Wicks go into the shot glasses. They stand upright for now, but once the hot, melted wax is poured in, they’ll fall over to the sides. So be sure to have something on hand to keep them upright, like leftover Chinese Food takeout chopsticks. They work really well.
Once the wax is poured into the shot glasses, steady the wicks with chopsticks or twigs. Allow to cool completely before removing the chopsticks. Trim the excess wicks.
Finished! I placed them on an old hotel silver tray in the kitchen. Light, enjoy, remake!