DIY Tutorial: Teacup Candles

DIY Tutorial

Today I’m really pleased to welcome Jen back to the blog. Her own wedding was featured here last year  Jenny and Josh’s Relaxed, Handmade and Crafty Cambridge Wedding and since then she has bee creating some wonderful DIY tutorials for the Blog. Jen also has her own craft Blog called Tea For Two which she runs with her twin sister Elena.

Today Jen is going to be showing us how to make these cute Teacup Candles, which can be used as part of your wedding decoration, as favours, or as pretty birthday gifts or Christmas presents.

Teacup Candles

I’ll pass the Blog over to Jen…………

Hello all!

Teacup candles are really popular right now, and you can pay anything from £10 upwards in shops for them. But making your own is actually really simple and can add that lovely homemade vintage-chic look to your tables. Plus they can double as favours!

DIY Teacup Candles - you will need
  • Teacups  –  I sourced mine from charity shops and car boot sales
  • Candle-making kit – I bought mine from eBay and it came with 1kg soya wax plus dye of my chosen colour, wicks and pins
  • Double-boiler of some kind – I used a pan and bowl that I didn’t mind getting covered in wax and therefore not cooking with again!

DIY Teacup Candles - you will need


Step 1) Start by preparing your teacups with their wicks. My kit came with wicks and tabs to stick to the bottom of the cup, which was so useful. But you can easily do this with glue or tape. Then tie the top of the wick (leaving enough length above the top of the cup) to your pin and balance this so that the wick stays in the centre of the cup.

DIY Teacup Candles


Step 2) Next, put boiling water in your pan and empty the wax into the bowl, then melt this over the water pan on a low heat on the hob. Be patient and don’t let the water over-boil. I did it bit by bit, slowly adding more of the wax once the rest had melted.

DIY Teacup Candles


Step 3) When all of the wax has melted empty your dye into it. I chose a pretty raspberry colour to match the colour scheme at my wedding.

DIY Teacup Candles DIY Teacup Candles


Step 4) Then (very carefully!) pour the molten wax into your teacups. My 1kg wax filled 8 teacups which I was so pleased with! Definitely excellent value for money. Allow to set for 24 hours.

DIY Teacup Candles DIY Teacup Candles


Step 5) Once the wax is completely set glue any cups to their saucers so that you have a complete teacup candle. I chose to do some with saucers and some without, so I’ve got a beautiful mix of styles and sizes!

DIY Teacup Candles


Et voila! Better-than-shopbought  beautiful vintage teacup candles!

DIY Teacup Candles DIY Teacup Candles

Enjoy crafting!
Jen x


Thanks so much Jen.  Jen will be back in a few weeks to share with us another one of her fab creations.


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    Julie Dawson

    These are gorgeous! If you wanted them to be scented would you just drop a few drops of scented oils into them? Lovely post. Your blog looks so gorgeous now. Works fab on ipad too! X

    Lesley Delea

    I just wanted to say thank you for this tutorial. I am in the process of organising my own wedding, and have been thinking about making my own candles. I want to use jars for my wedding, but so love the teacup idea, that I want to make them too, for gifts. I am busy collecting teacups and saucers at the mo. I would also like to scent mine. Do you have any ideas on how to scent them and could I ask which candle making kit you used as I have been looking at them and can’t work out which is the best one to buy?


    Your wicks are too tall. You need to get a wick trimmer and trim them done or else your candle will not burn correctly and form a pool of wax. This was posted in 2013 so maybe you have trimmed but for anyone coming past this tutorial. Trim your wicks.


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