How To Make Tea Cup Candles



Looking to add some stylish flair to your plain and boring room? Make this cute DIY project that is guaranteed to give a whimsical vibe without over stretching your budget. Here’s how to make cute tea cup candles:


What you will need:

  • A few porcelain tea cups (thrift shops are packed with loads of them!)
  • Wax ( soy wax is highly recommended as it burns without smoke but paraffin or beeswax work well too. You can also melt old candles to re use the wax)
  • Wax wicks
  • Wooden skewers
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  • Candle-making dyes and scents or essential oils (optional)
  • Masking tape
  • Double-boiler ( or a can/smaller pot inside a large pot with water in it)
  • Thermometer
  • Oven mitts


  1. Tape two wooden skewers together at each end for your wick support.
  2. Lay the skewers across the teacup so the wick is centered inside the cup, with the string drawn up straight, perpendicular to the bottom
  3. Melt wax on the smaller pot of your double-boiler on medium high heat. It is suggested to chop of grate ahead the wax to speed up the melting process. If you use paraffin wax, add in some grated or chopped crayon pieces to add color to the candle instead of using a candle dye.
  4. Once the wax has melted, remove the double-boiler from the heat and let it cool for a few minutes. Add your candle dye (if you haven’t yet).
  5. If you’re adding an essential oil, wait until the temperature reaches 180 degrees. If you add the oil while the wax is too hot, it may just be dispersed instead of absorbed into the wax.
  6. Once it has cooled a little, carefully pour it into the prepared tea cups, leaving only ½ of an inch space from the lip of the cup
  7. Allow this to cool completely for about 4-6 hours then trim your wick to about 1 inch in length


…and voila! You now have beautiful, handmade tea cup candles to decorate your space or give away as gifts!