Vintage Tea Cup Candle Tutorial

You may remember I received received a vintage tea cup candle from Emma for one of my advent parcels. It has long since burned to the bottom and a few weeks ago I bought a candle making kit from Twee T’s, determined to make my own! Armed with the kit and a few other cups and saucers, I raided the kitchen cupboards for things to use to make more candles!


You will need the following:
Wax (I used just under 500g for 3 cups)
Wick sustainer and glue dot
Vintage tea cup and saucer
Pencil or similar

First you need to melt the wax in a double boiler, just let the water simmer, no need to boil. I would recommend using a jug to melt it in as it helps with the pouring later!


Prepare the wick by trimming to size (just a bit longer than you need) and securing in a wick sustainer, squeeze with pliers to keep in place. Dip briefly in the melted wax and let it dry straight


Secure the wick to the bottom of the cup with a glue dot. Place the pencil on the top of the cup and curl the wick over it. This will keep it in place when you pour the wax in.


Pour in the melted wax as smoothly as possible, avoiding the sides of the cup if possible


If it cools with a dip in the centre just pour some more melted wax in and top up to original level.


The wax I used was called ‘delicate pink’ and has a lovely light floral fragrance. Lucy of Twee T’s is also developing her own website which should be available soon.


Why not give candle making a go, it was much easier than I thought and very satisfying!

I thought I’d link up this week to Handmade Monday, as I haven’t done so in ages! Please pop by Wendy’s blog and see what everyone else has been making this week!

Sarah x


27 thoughts on “Vintage Tea Cup Candle Tutorial

  1. I did this a little while ago and it worked really well, and I was able to get the last dregs of perfume from a particularly lovely scented candle which I recycled!

  2. Love the tutorial. I think I’m being drawn to candle making recently. I won 3 soy candles from and was inspired to have a go myself (although not got around to it yet!) and seeing your tutorial has reignited my interest. I’ll put it on my ‘to do’ list.

  3. Ah. Thats the secret then. I have often wondered how you were able to make wicks stand erect in melted wax (not being a candle maker myself lol.). I hope they smell as good as they look.

  4. These look so pretty! Lovely clear and easy to follow tutorial. Thank-you for sharing, and what alovely excuse to buy teacups!
    Jo x

  5. I have always wanted to have a go at making tea cup candles… Now I have no excuse with your tutorial, I will give it a go and let you know how I do 🙂

  6. ooo cant wait to try it ! i bought some fab tea cups yesterday but i cant ruin those – oh no ill just have to go out shopping for some more! ha! thanks!! – btw (fashion faux pas – we use the same wordpress theme ahwel great minds think alike and all that!)

  7. Pingback: 5 easy to do upcycled craft ideas | Tilly Mint Boutique

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