DIY Tea Cup Candles

Repurpose mismatched thrift store tea cups into beautiful DIY candles. They make a lovely handmade gift.

Did you know it’s actually very easy to make your own candles at home? Before I had tried it, I assumed it would be complicated. But it’s not! I made these candles in about 30 minutes (plus dry time) and the hardest part was waiting impatiently for the wax to cool and harden.

To make tea cup candles, you will need:

  • Tea Cups (I see cute ones at thrift stores all the time)
  • Candle Wax
  • Candle Wicks
  • Scent (optional)
  • Old Crayola Crayons (if you want to color the wax)

You can buy the supplies you’ll need at any craft store or on Amazon. They usually have a section where all of the candle making supplies will be next to each other. I bought my wax at Hobby Lobby for $5 after coupon and I used about half of the bag for these three teacup candles.


I’ve included step-by-step written instructions to make these teacup candles, but if you’d rather watch a video of the process, scroll to the bottom of this post!

Step 1: Use a bit of hot glue to secure the metal circle on the wick to the bottom center of the tea cup. Wrap the top of the wick around a pencil to keep it centered.

Step 2: Melt wax in a cooking pan over medium heat, until the wax is no longer opaque. The bag of wax will have specific instructions depending on the type of wax.

Step 3: An easy and inexpensive way to color wax is to add an old chunk of colored crayon when melting. If you have kids at home, chances are you probably have some stubby old crayons around somewhere. You can also buy wax dyes, but why not use whatcha got?!

Step 4: Remove wax from heat, then add scent, if desired. This is also available in the candle-making section at the craft store.

Step 5: Let the wax cool just a bit, then carefully pour it into each tea cup. You want to let the wax cool a little so that it doesn’t “undo” the hot glue that’s holding your wick in place. I used a funnel to pour the wax in so that I didn’t splash it all over and make a mess.

Step 6: Let the wax harden completely, then trim the wick.

Aren’t they so pretty? I think these unique candles would make such a wonderful and inexpensive gift for friends and neighbors. They’d be a perfect handmade housewarming gift or just a cheerful “thinking of you” gift for a friend.

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  1. I am so excited to make the tea cup candles. We dont have a Hobby Lobby so I would have to order the supplies. Where can I oder them?

  2. I live in Canada and I DREAM about Hobby Lobby! We have a honey producer nearby which sells beeswax so am going to try using that for wax. Can鈥檛 wait to make for Christmas gifts!

  3. Hi Jennifer, I love your newsletter. Thank you.
    My daughter and I have been candle making for some time now. On these cute teacup candles, did you glue the cup to the saucer?

    • Hi Debbie, thank you so much! I chose not to glue the saucer to the tea cup, because I wanted the cup to be reusable after burning the candle. But you certainly could glue it together!

  4. I am a candle maker…just wanted to let you know crayons can clog the wick. Do some research on this. You need to use candle dye. For scent, it should not be essential oil, but candle fragrance oil. thanks!

    • No, I didn’t glue them together. I wanted the gift recipient to still have the option to use the cup to drink from after the candle was used up.

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