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 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.
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:
- Vintage tea cups (Mugs would make a cute candle container too!)
- Soy wax flakes
- Candle wicks
- Wooden skewers or chopsticks
- Glass container such as a Pyrex or an old sauce jar
- Essential oil for candle fragrance
- Candle color wax dye – This is for if you want to have a colored candle. I decided to skip it for mine. Hint: you can actually just use little bits of crayon, it’s pretty much the same as a candle color wax.
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.
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.
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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