Tea Cup Candles

by Merissa on December 19, 2010

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I saw the idea for this on a bookcover in a bookstore on vacation and I thought it was so cute! You can make  "candle making" cheaper by re-using leftover wax and by utilizing the coupons for Hobby Lobby and Michaels.
What you need:
  • tin can
  • wax(either from leftover candles or in the bar, I used some of both)
  • wick
  • teacups
  • tape
  • scissors
Here is a picture of all that you need. I got the big chunk of wax for 50% off at Hobby Lobby with their weekly coupon. I also got the wick for 50% off with another coupon. The pink and white wax in the containers are leftover scented candles. If you aren't re-using scented candles you can add a few drops of essential oil to the wax to scent it.
Put the chunks of wax in the tin can. As you can see I mixed some of the new wax with the scented old leftover wax.
Put the tin can in the middle of a saucepan of boiling water. This way it melts correctly and doesn't make a big huge mess in your cookware.
Cut a piece of wick to be slightly longer than the teacup. Tape one end to the bottom of the cup and wrap the other end around a pencil or pen.
When the wax has melted pour it into the cup.
Let the wax cool for at least 2-3 hours and then cut the wicks. While the one on the right was cooling I added a little nutmeg in the top for scent and to look cute, like a little spiced drink.
Cost for project:
  • Teacups: .05 - .10 each (I paid .05 for each of these from a thrift store)
  • Wax: .25(I paid $7 for the whole brick of the new wax using the 50% off coupon and you really don't use very much plus you are re-using leftover wax as well)
  • Wick .10(I paid .99 for the whole roll of wick with the 50% off coupon)
Final cost: Around $0.45 for 2 candles depending on how much you can get the teacups for and if you use coupons for the wax and wicks.


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1 Anonymous November 27, 2010 at 1:33 am

This is a good idea, but I was wondering if any type of ceramic cup is okay to use. I'm just wondering if some thinner types can't be used because it would be too hot from the burning wax and might crack. What do you think? Thanks!


2 Nona July 8, 2013 at 7:06 am

You have to be careful with wick sizeing when using the more fragile cups. use a smaller wick that doesn’t burn as big of a wax circle and you should be safe.


3 Merissa November 27, 2010 at 1:36 am

I think they might be ok. I've even made candles in old milk containers before.


4 Stephanie September 17, 2011 at 6:37 pm

Is the tape in the bottom of the cup safe?


5 Trisha Jones September 20, 2011 at 9:43 am

What an adorable idea! Thanks so much for sharing.


6 Blair October 3, 2011 at 8:41 pm

I love this idea. I have already found an entire 6 piece matching tea cups and saucers ( my son has three teachers, and the paraeducators in his class). My question is…. Do you hot glue, gorilla glue or tacky glue the cup and saucer together or give it as two pieces? I know it is a silly question but I am a lot OCD and need the directions completely spelled out!
Thanks for the wonderful craft!


7 Merissa October 3, 2011 at 8:59 pm

I just gave the cups away, I didn’t have saucers for them but I think any of those would work to stick them together!


8 blair October 5, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Well, what is your opinion of the saucer loose or attached. i cannot decided!


9 Merissa October 5, 2011 at 2:34 pm

I think the saucer attached would be super cute!


10 julia November 28, 2011 at 12:20 pm

so excited to see this! Teacher gifts this year for sure. I did a cactus in a cup and saucer last year but didnt want to have to bandage myself up after that again. Thanks for the idea!


11 Catherine Evans December 5, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Thanks so much for this tutorial. I have just made two candles and as I wait they are cooling. Such a great idea putting the wax in a tin can as I was going to spoil a pan. I will post some photos on my blog tomorrow and post a link to this tutorial, I hope that that is okay, please let me know if it is not.


12 Merissa December 5, 2011 at 1:33 pm

That’s just fine with me since you are posting a link back. Hope you had fun!


13 Jennifer December 15, 2011 at 11:13 pm

I did this with tea cups and the middles sank when the dried and the wicks are all crooked and there are pits in it. Why did this happen, and is there a way to fix it? How can I prevent this for next time?


14 Merissa December 16, 2011 at 7:42 am

You have to keep filling them up as the wax is drying and adding a little bit around the middle of the candle to prevent the dent in the middle.


15 Stacey Burdine February 26, 2012 at 8:14 pm

I love the sprinke of nutmeg on top of the white wax! Great touch!


16 Peggy September 10, 2012 at 12:13 pm

These are sooooo neat! Needs to be on pinerest !


17 Mia December 18, 2012 at 1:36 pm

I saw this idea and decided it was a great holiday gift! Mine came out a little more expensive, about $1.45 per tea cup candle but they also had clear white/red wrapping with ribbons on them 🙂 they are lovely and came out so beautiful. My boyfriend and I made them together and it was a great way to share time together during the holidays. Thank you for the idea!


18 S. May 15, 2013 at 7:43 pm

Can paraffin wax be used that is used in canning or is there a special wax for candles? I’ve never made candles before and I like the teacup idea; I think this will make a fun, first-time candle project!


19 Merissa May 15, 2013 at 9:58 pm

I’m not sure about the paraffin wax but I’m not sure that’s meant to burn. I would use regular candle wax.


20 Hannah @ Boots & Feet November 19, 2013 at 12:19 pm

I wouldn’t use paraffin wax for candles. Paraffin emits toxic chemicals into the air. You don’t want to be breathing in that junk.


21 Kim November 19, 2013 at 3:33 pm

I bought the candle wax melting machine at Hobby Lobby with the 40% off coupon years ago. I do this all the time. I save all my left over wax if there is any. I have also made soy and gel candles. It is kind of fun, but I like the idea of the tin can, then I can just throw it away and not worry about cleaning any mess.


22 Christine October 20, 2014 at 5:16 pm

Thanks for such a fun idea! This will make a great gift!

I would like to pin it to one of my pinterest boards but every time I click on the pinterest pin, it does nothing. Please help! 🙂


23 J3n April 2, 2015 at 6:01 pm

You could, in theory, do this with anything, like mason jars, or flower pots. I can see a lot of variations on this.


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