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Tutorial n°2 – Reuse your Kusmi tin: Transform it into a candle


If your Kusmi Tea tin is empty, the first thing you can do is fill it up again with loose Kusmi tea! If you have other tins left over, then we have prepared a tutorial to show you how to make your very own candle.

This candle is quick and easy to make. You’ll be a DIY expert in no time!


To make a beautiful candle, you will need:

  • 1 traditional microwave
  • 1 tin of empty Kusmi tea, 4.4 oz.
  • 1 candle wick
  • 1 lb. of wax in granules or shavings
  • 1 pair of wooden chopsticks
  • 3 cardboard cups
  • Options: oil pastels / essential oils




STEP 1: The wick

Place the wick in the middle of the tin, ensuring the base is completely flat against the bottom.

Gently roll the top of the wick around one of the chopsticks, before balancing it on the top of the tin. This way the wick will stay straight and will not move when you pour in the wax.

STEP 2: The wax

Take 3 cardboard cups. Fill each of them with 7 heaped tablespoons of wax granules.

If you want to make colorful candles, add a few pieces of oil pastels in the color of your choosing (around 1 pastel cut into three for each cup).

Melt the wax in two-minute stages in the microwave. This way you can see how it changes.

The wax is ready when it is liquid and transparent!

Melt for 15-20 minutes for the perfect result. To help it melt, occasionally mix the wax with the second chopstick.

If you want to give your candle a fragrance, add a dozen drops of essential oils into the liquid, transparent wax. Make sure you do this quickly before the wax hardens.

STEP 3: Fill the tin

Place the tin on a flat surface.

Slowly pour the wax into the bottom of the tin to avoid creating air bubbles in your candle.


STEP 4: Wait…

After pouring the wax into the tin, all you have to do is wait for it to set. Keep the chopstick holding the wick balanced on the top of the tin. Avoid moving the tin for around 12 hours.


 STEP 5: Cut the wick

 When the wax is completely white and hard, you can remove the chopstick and cut the wick at the top of the tin, leaving a little less than an inch sticking out.

Your magnificent candle is ready! Put it wherever looks best in your home, and send us photos of your candles on social media using the hashtag #KUSMIREFILL.


We prepared this tutorial using a basic microwave. The melting time may change depending on how powerful your microwave is. Stay next to it while the wax is melting to avoid any danger.

Be very careful as the cups of wax are extremely hot when you take them out of the microwave!

QUICK TIP: If you realize you have not heated the wax enough the first time, wait for a few hours before heating it again. The top layer will cool down and the overall result will look prettier.

Do not mix different types of wax when making candles, as they vary in consistency and will not produce the same results.

Psst ! For another idea just click here !