DIY Teacup Candle Tutorial

A step-by-step tutorial to make soy candles in vintage teacups

DIY teacup candle tutorial - a great way to make use of those old teacups is to turn them into candles!

Candle making is a fun, easy hobby and a great idea for homemade heartfelt gift. I began candle making a few years back and quickly fell in love with it as a hobby.

I started turning everything into candles, from old mason jars, and any cute little vessel or holder, which is where this DIY teacup candle tutorial stemmed from.

These pretty antique teacups were an antique market find from the St. Lawrence Market for only $3-5 a piece. They were beautiful pieces, but since I hardly use them for tea drinking, I thought turning them into candles only seem like a fitting way to enjoy them more.

Keep reading to learn how to make your own DIY teacup candles in a few easy steps with only a couple simple materials.

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DIY Teacup Candle Tutorial - Supplies and tools required for making your own candles.

DIY Teacup Candle Materials

For your DIY teacup candle, I’d highly suggest that you go with a soy wax flake for your candle. Soy wax burns cleaner and produces less soot than paraffin, reducing the amount of indoor air pollution in your home.

In addition, soy wax has a lower melting point and can be easily cleaned from your tools and utensils. And in this case your teacups, so if later down the road you’d like to use it for drinking tea again you will be able to.

Candle Scents

I personally think the best part of making candles is creating your own scent. To scent your candles you’ll just need to add a few drop of essential oils, the same kind that you probably already use in a diffuser.

If you have a few essentials oils, you can mix them to create something unique. There are a huge variety of essentials oils scents so you can decide if you want your candles to smells sweet, floral, spicy or refreshing.

Supplies & Tools for DIY teacup candles:

Optional Supplies:

DIY Teacup Candle Making: Step-by-Step Instructions

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.

Make sure there is no 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 about 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/to hold them up and tape the ends of the chopsticks so they stay put.

DIY Teacup Candle - setting up your tools and materials. The first step is to set up your wicks in your teacups.

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 usually find soy wax flakes will start melting slighting before a full boil. As the wax melts it will turn clear.

DIY teacup candles instructions - in this step the soy wax is melted down to a clear liquid.

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. Add them a drop at a time and gently mix with one of the skewers.

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

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 new DIY teacup candle and enjoy.

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Follow this easy, step-by-step  tutorial to learn how to make candles out of your old teacups


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  • Carmia Cronjé
    December 31, 2013

    Love this tutorial! And BEAUTIFUL photos too 🙂

  • Steph
    June 17, 2014

    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
      December 18, 2014

      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!

  • Elisabeth H. Sullivan
    December 15, 2014

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

    • Eileen
      December 18, 2014

      Thanks Elisabeth! I’d love to see a pic if you do!

  • Consollo
    December 16, 2014

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

    • Eileen
      December 18, 2014

      Thanks for including me! Great post!

  • Guest
    May 3, 2015

    Is it OK if I use this for Mothers Day?

  • Ch
    May 3, 2015

    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?

  • Nancy Clifton Whitworth
    April 27, 2018

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

  • makeupmuddle
    May 10, 2020

    Oh my gosh these are absolutely adorable! I had no idea they were relatively simple to make, what a beautiful gift idea xo

    Makeup Muddle

    • Eileen
      May 10, 2020

      So happy you like them! I hardly ever buy candles anymore, once you get the hang of it, it’s so easy to make your own!

  • Diana Maria
    May 11, 2020

    Wow, these are stunning! Your photography is so beautiful, I’d love to make these xx

    My Lovelier Days

  • Rocio
    May 11, 2020

    What a cute and fun idea! A little nervous to mix the oils and create a perfect scent, but guess I can try out a few!

    By Rocio V

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