DIY: Teacup Candles

I’m thrilled to share my homemade fancy candles with you! I politely asked my mom for a teacup out of her beloved collection, and she generously, yet reluctantly, gave me these three vintage teacups, knowing that I would defile them with wax. I reminded her that she hasn’t used them in over 25 years and that people don’t use dainty little cups for tea anymore -except maybe the Queen, and she probably won’t stop by.

I used 1 lb. microwaveable soy wax flakes from Michael’s (1 lb. will make 3 teacup candles), but you could use chunks of old candles or bar wax and melt it down in a double boiler. You will want to stabilize your wick by taping two sticks together with the wick passing in between (I used stretched out paper clips in lieu of sticks). For one teacup, toss 1/3 of the flakes from the 1 lb. package and a few crayon shavings for color – a little goes a long way- into a microwaveable container. Microwave on high until the flakes melt (directions said 30 seconds, but it was more like 3 minutes), then stir, so the melted crayon shavings add color to the wax. For a scented candle, add liquid scent to the melted wax. Pour into the teacup and let it solidify. As it solidifies, you will see the wax color lighten up quite a bit, which was a relief because the liquid wax resembled dark Kool-Aid when I poured it in the cup. After the candle has set, remove the “sticks”, cut the wick down, and enjoy being fancy!

10 thoughts on “DIY: Teacup Candles

  1. Awesome- I never thought of using crayons to color a candle! I’m going to show this to my neighbor who has TONS of teacups that she doesn’t use.

  2. Ooh-La-La so shabby chic! Cute for bridal shower decor or as a gift. Love making candles, but never crossed my mind to use a teacup. Thanks for the ideas!

  3. Fantastic DIY! I’ve never made anything useful before, but this seems like something I can do. Glad there is microwaveable wax!

  4. This is such a great idea! I have a ton of teacups from my childhood (someone thought I would like to collect them). They have been collecting dust in my parents house and now they will have a purpose! And, maybe I can even give them away! haha.

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