DIY Teacup Candle

Teacup candles are all the rage at the moment! And with Mother’s Day soon approaching what better time to make a beautiful DIY gift!

You will need the following:

-vintage teacup (and saucer optional)

-tin can

-wax flakes / pellets (soya wax is best, this can be bought from Amazon or crafts stores)

-candle wicks (I find pre-waxed, natural cotton work best, again these can be found on Amazon or crafts stores)

-plastic pegs

-candle dye (optional)

-essential oils (for fragrance, optional)

  1. First of all give your teacup(s) a wash to get rid of any dust / residue, and make sure it’s completely dry before starting. Also make sure your tin can(s) are clean and dry.
  2. I like to bend and shape the top of my tin can into a spout to make pouring easier.
  3. Measure the amount of wax needed using your teacup as a measure, one and 1/2 cups of wax flakes, and pour into your tin can.
  4. Using a peg as a balance, position the wick into the teacup, making sure the metal base sits on the bottom of the cup. The wick will be trimmed to size after the candle is poured.
  5. Fill a saucepan with 2-3 inches of water and bring to the boil. Turn down to a gentle simmer, and place the tin containing your wax into the water.
  6. Allow to melt slowly, stirring occasionally.
  7. Once melted, you can add your chosen essential oil, a few drops should be plenty.
  8. You can also add colour using candle dye, a small amount will go a long way, add a small amount to begin with.
  9. Pour a little wax into your teacup, about 1cm, enough to hold the wick in position. You may need to rebalance the wick. You can assess the colour at this point, and add more should you desire.
  10. After a few minutes, pour the rest of the wax into the teacup, leaving around 1cm of the teacup rim visible.
  11. Leave the candle(s) to harden for at least 3 hours. Don’t be tempted to remove the pegs too early as this can cause the wax to sink around the wick.
  12. Once hardened, trim the wicks, leaving about an inch above the candle.

And there you have it, your own, DIY vintage Teacup Candle! They make a lovely addition to your home, and a great homemade gift!

If you love this idea but feel DIY isn’t your thing, you can buy a ready made Teacup Candle and other vintage gifts on my Etsy shop-

Happy making!

Mrs L x