Tutorial: DIY Tea Cup Candles

Last year I posted about the pretty teacup candles I’d made, and as I spent one morning at the weekend creating a couple more, I thought it would be nice to post a little “how to” guide. They’re so easy to make, and considering how lovely they are and how much companies charge for them, this is a very rewarding craft project.

vintage tea cup candle

What you’ll need:

  • Tea cups
  • Eco Soya Wax
  • Candle wick – you’ll need to select the correct thickness based on the diameter of your cups
  • Metal wick tabs
  • Wooden skewers
  • Tape
  • Blu tack
  • Scissors
  • Large pan and small saucepan
  • Scent
Candle making supplies

The method:

  • Create a ban marie with the pans. Half fill the large pan with water and place the small pan inside it.
Ban marie
  • Measure the wax. I found I needed twice the volume of my chosen cups in wax flakes to create enough of the melted wax to fill them.
  • Put the wax into the smaller pan and heat on a medium heat to melt it.  
Candle making
  • Once the wax is melted, add any scent you’ve chosen. I used specific candle scent, which I’ve read you need 1oz of oil for 1lb of wax. However, the ginseng oil I was using wasn’t a particularly strong scent so I added extra. I’ve also read you can use essential oil instead, which I’ll try next time!
Candle scent
  • Cut a length of the wick longer than the height of the cup, pull through the metal tab, and use a small blob of blue tack to stick the tab to the bottom of the inside of the cup.
Candle wicks
  • Use two skewers taped together to hold the wick upright inside the cup.
DIY candles
  • Pour the melted wax into the cup and leave to harden. Don’t move the cup until it is solid, and I also lightly covered mine so that no specks of dust would land on the soft wax surface.
Hand made candles
  • Trim the wick
tea cup candle

They make lovely gifts!

tea cup candle gift

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