DIY Teacup Candles

DIY Teacup Candles Tutorial

I’ve been seeing antique teacup candles at all the markets and craft fairs recently. They are such adorable little things! So I thought I would try to make some myself. I’ve seen a fair amount of tutorials on candle making and it’s something that I’ve always wanted to try.

I picked up these pretty little teacups from the St. Lawrence Antique Market for only $3-5 a piece. But I hardly use them for tea drinking. So turning them into candles only seem like a fitting way to enjoy them more.

DIY Teacup Candle - Supplies

Supplies to make your own DIY teacup candles:

Optional Supplies:


DIY Teacup Candles Tutorial

1. You’ll want to start off by cleaning your teacups. Just your regular dish soap is great and make sure you dry them thoroughly when you’re done. You don’t want any water in your teacups when you pour in your wax. Wax and water do not mix.

2. Measure out the amount of candle wax flakes you’ll need. For each teacup you’ll need twice the amount of wax flakes to fill it.

3. Set up the candle wicks in your teacups, you’ll want them to lay flat against the bottom. Then use your chopsticks/skewers/pencils to hold them up and tape the ends of the chopsticks so they stay put.

DIY Teacup Candle - set up

4. Fill a sauce pan half full of water. Place the measured amount of wax flakes in the glass container. Then place the glass container in the sauce pan. Turn your stove on to medium-high. I found that the wax flakes I used started melting slighting before a full boil. This may vary for you depending on the wax flakes you have. As the wax melts it will turn clear.

DIY teacup candles - Wax melting

5. Once all your wax flakes have melted, carefully remove your glass container from the sauce pan. This is the time to add your coloring and scents if you have chosen to use them.

6. Carefully pour the wax into your teacups and fill until they are about half an inch or 1.5 cm from the top.

7. Let the wax cool and set for a few hours. I would let them set at room temperature to prevent any cracking from cooling too quickly.

8. Once your candles are set, trim your wicks to about 1cm long. Light your candle and enjoy.

DIY teacup candles tutorial

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11 responses to “DIY Teacup Candles”

  1. Love this tutorial! And BEAUTIFUL photos too 🙂

  2. Steph says:

    Hey there, approximately how many oz of wax did it take you to fill 1 teacup? I am making 60 and I’m not sure how much wax to order

    • Eileen says:

      It’s 2 teacups of wax flakes for each tea cup you’ll need to make. So for you it would be about 120 teacups worth of wax flakes. Hope that helps, I’m not sure how much it would come out in weight. Cheers!

  3. These are SOOOOO cute! I will have to make a batch of these. 😉

  4. Consollo says:

    What a fantastic idea! we’ve included it in our Thrifty Handmade Christmas Gift Ideas, check it out here…

    http://www.consollo.com/blog/thrifty-handmade-christmas-gift-ideas/

  5. Guest says:

    Is it OK if I use this for Mothers Day?

  6. Ch says:

    Very pretty!
    Have you had a problem with flame or wax heat breaking the delicate cups?
    Would the type of wick (weight, material, etc) make a difference?
    Thanks.

  7. Nancy Clifton Whitworth says:

    have you ever added a scent to your candles?? I having the children in my class make them as a Mother’s Day gift

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