How to Make Teacup Candles

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Following is a fun Candle Craft and guest post
by Carly at ~ enjoy!

After making this Wicker Park apartment quite manly, I decided it finally needed a feminine touch. What’s better than a candle-filled-teacup?

Me oh my. Martha Stewart, you’ve done it again. “Done what?” Oh, nothing, really… you’ve just made my life a bit more colorful. A few months back, I hit up a thrift store and walked out with a few random teacups for $.99 each. I had visions of teacup candles dancing in my head… and there I was, thinking I had come up with this incredibly genius concept.

Enter Martha Stewart. Apparently she was the genius. I must have unknowingly absorbed her incredibly genius concept by some undiscovered form of osmosis. Sure enough, there I was, googling around about teacups, when there it was: Martha’s teacup candles.  You know what, Martha Stewart? I hate you. But I love you.

Got a thrift store or Goodwill around town? There are always shelves full of various cups and teacups. This tutorial will work with just about any container. Teacups? Milk saucers? Glass jars? Check. Please, pretty please, will somebody put this in an elephant tea pot? You would make my day…

How To Make Teacup Candles 

1. Melt old candles in nested pans

Gather ye, gather ye, ye old candles. Or something like that. All of the old, distorted, warped, half-burned candles you’ve been saving in a disorganized cabinet… grab them! They have a use now! Melt them down in nested pans.

What are nested pans? The bottom pot has water in it, which is brought to a boil. The top pot is empty but for the candle wax. The heat from the boiling water underneath the wax will cause it to melt. It’s pretty fun to watch! You might get impatient like me and begin to stir it around…

2. Make a wick

If you have wicks already, skip this step. Otherwise, there are a few options. The simplest option is to take a long (5ish feet) string and fold it in half over and over again until it is only 6-8 inches long. Then, twist it and dip it in melted wax, then smooth down with your fingers. Repeat this a few times.

3. Hold wick in place and pour in wax

Tie one end of the wick to a washer to weigh down the bottom of the wick.

Wrap the other end to a pencil or chopstick and continue to wrap it until the pencil/chopstick can rest easily on top of the cup.

The wick should be standing up straight, held down by the weight of a washer, and held taught by the pencil/chopstick its other end is wrapped around.

Then, pour in the wax!

4. Wait! 

I waited overnight for these to harden. In the morning, trim the wick and remove the pencil or chopstick! Then burn, baby, burn!

For those of you who, like me, need no excuse to give a loved one gifts, here are a few homemade gift ideas that might go nicely with this one!

Carly is a young blogger living in Chicago who loves mason jars, healthy cupcakes, oxymorons, and workout music! Check her out on Facebook, Pinterest, or visit her website!

See Also:
Mason Jar Candles


  1. says

    I used to make candles when I was a kid. You can buy bricks of wax (different kinds, beeswax, etc.), that are just pure, clean, wax. Then add different colourings (or colour from melted candles, crayons, etc.) that are sold to be used with wax, and add scents, like essential oils, to create something totally unique. We used to make them in those little dixie cups that are sold to go in bathrooms, etc. for little tea-candles! They also sell long strands of wick. Search in places like Michaels or Hobby Lobby. Seems a bit expensive, but sign up for their newsletters and email updates and you will be sent 40-50% off coupons weekly. It adds up!!
    Also, just to note-sometimes it’s better to use the pure wax bricks than old candles, unless you have a ton of them and need to get rid of them; they do not melt as pure and easily as regular wax does. They can also separate during the re-melting process depending on what was added to them initially!
    Good luck!

  2. says

    I really enjoyed this section on tea cup candles.
    I have a Bath & Body business and am incorporating candles into my present line of products. These are such good idea’s and I enjoyed your site immensely.
    Teresa Kay

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