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:

  • vintage tea cups (I think mugs would make a cute candle container too!)
  • candle wax flakes, I’m using eco soy candle wax flakes
  • candle wicks
  • wooden skewers, chopsticks, or even pencils will do 😉
  • a stove
  • a saucepan
  • a glass container, like a pyrex or an old sauce jar
  • tape
  • scissors

Optional Supplies:

  • fragrance oil scents – it’s always nice to have scented candles!
  • coloring – if you want to have a colored candle. But 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 blocks.

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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  • 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

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