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DIY: Teacup Candles

I spotted this project on Craft and thought it would be perfect for Renewal month. Give new purpose to mismatched teacups you have laying around or that you've found at yard sales by turning them into candles. You can use them in your own home or as a thoughtful DIY gift for your friends.

To get the supply list and learn the steps,



  • Teacups
  • A big block of wax
  • A double boiler
  • A color agent (crayon will do) and scent, optional
  • Wicks
  • Chopsticks

Here's how:

  1. Collect teacups.
  2. Melt about 2 lbs. of wax at a time in your double boiler.
  3. When the wax melts, add color and scent, if you want.
  4. Pour about 1/2 of the wax into the cup.
  5. Wait five minutes, then add the wicks and hold them in place between chopsticks laid across the cup.
  6. After 45 minutes, pour in more melted wax.
  7. Let dry, and voilà!

Source and more photos here.

ljc_sugar ljc_sugar 9 years
Wow! This is my project! It's so exciting to see it on Casa Sugar!!!
Marseeah Marseeah 9 years
I used to make those in High School! I recommend a little pam or something in the teacup before the wax, to make eventual removal of the candle (after it's burned - so you can make another one!) easier.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
I went to a bridal shower and everyone received a teacup candle as a gift as well. I love it :)
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 9 years
Very cool! I would love to make my own candles.
capeartist capeartist 9 years
I think it's a great way to recycle an otherwise un-used tea cup. We were left with my husband's grandmother's old-fashioned china so I broke it all up and made a mosaic mirror with it. Now we have a keepsake instead of a pile of plates that would never get used (don't worry - it wasn't worth much - I checked!!)
Catipa Catipa 9 years
I think it is a neat idea.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
Sorry, I don't like this. I love teacups, and I think this is a waste of darling teacups. JMHO. :(
CoconutPie CoconutPie 9 years
My grandmother would probably be really happy if I gave her one, and I would really be happy to make one for her, but I'd never put that in my house.
anti-curl anti-curl 9 years
agreeing with emalove: this would be a great bridal shower memento!
veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
love the idea
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 9 years
That's so cute! CasaSugar, approximately how much did it cost you to buy all the materials for this project?
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 9 years
Wow! I love this idea!
emalove emalove 9 years
Very cute!! And I love the idea of teacup candles as favors for a bridal shower, Vunder.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
vunder vunder 9 years
MP told me her friend had a bridal shower where teacup candles were given as favors. According to my grandmother ,it was traditional for people to give you a teacup when you got engaged (she let me choose one of hers), so I think maybe that was related to the bridal shower thing.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Hoenstly, my mom would go nuts for these!
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