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How to Make Tea Cup Candles

I love making homemade gifts for family and friends. So when I inherited some vintage tea cups from my grandmother, I knew they would be perfect for making these adorable tea cup candles! And this project is so easy. It was fun to customize the different types of candles and scents, matched to the perfect tea cup.  

I made several of these for bridal shower favors and they were a hit! 


Nested pans 
Partially burned candles 
Candy or candle thermometer 
New wicking 
Wick sustainers 
Wooden skewers 



In a small pan set over a larger pan of simmering water, melt down old candles; clip the thermometer to the upper pot, and keep temperature at about 185 degrees. Remove old wicks with tongs. 


Cut a piece of wicking to the cup's height plus 2 inches. Clamp one end to a wick sustainer; tie the other end around a skewer. Dip wicking and sustainer into melted wax to coat them. Remove and stick sustainer to cup's bottom. 


Pour in the wax, stopping 1/2 inch below the cup's rim. Allow wax to set, about 1 hour. The candle will harden with a well in the center. To even it out, use another skewer to prick a circle of holes about 1/16 inch deep around the wick. Pour in melted wax until surface is 1/4 inch below rim. Cut wick.