Cup Candle DIY

I’ve mentioned in a few other posts that I’ve been creating a Mad Hatter inspired area in my yard.  Tea pots and cups are items easily found at thrift stores, and they play a big role in my decorating scheme.  I’ve shared my tea pot stand and my tea cup bird feeder with you.  Now I’m showing you my newest addition:  a tea cup candle!

DIY TEa Cup Candle

Project estimate:

  • Tea cup and saucer, on hand
  • Used candles, on hand
  • Candle warmer or pot, on hand

Total:  Free


Step one:  I reused old candles to make my “new” candle.  First, I broke the candle into pieces and removed the wick.  Save the wick for later!

step 1

Step two:  I placed my broken candle pieces in the tea cup, and placed the tea cup on a candle warmer to melt the wax.  If you don’t have a candle warmer, use a double boiler or an old pot to melt the wax.

step 2

Step three:  Once the wax has melted, you can add color and fragrance if you have those on hand.  I added some red candle wax dye to mine.  Cut the old wick so it fits in the tea cup, and place the wick into the liquid wax.  Allow it to cool, then scrape off the excess wax if you’re as messy as I am.

step 3

I love my charming little candle!  It looks really cute in my garden.  If I find citronella oil, I’d like to add that to the wax next time to help keep mosquitos away while I relax outdoors.  I might even paint the tea cup in fun colors next time, just to add to the whimsy of it all!

Make Candle in a Cup

This charming little candle would be great indoors or outdoors.  It’s completely unexpected and easy to customize, so you could have a candle in any color or scent you like.  Have fun crafting and creating!

tea cup candle