I’ve gotta admit, I have a thing for vintage teacups. Vintage teacups are probably the only “shabby chic vintage” thing I absolutely adore. (Don’t get me wrong, shabby chic is a beautiful style but it doesn’t reflect my taste the way other styles do!) They’re just so beautiful. I love the delicate floral designs. They always remind me of fancy afternoon tea with scones and tea sandwiches. While I love the idea of high tea, it’s impossible to have high tea on the daily…especially in today’s world.
So you could only imagine my excitement when I came upon these vintage teacups at the thrift store! They were well-priced and in pretty good condition. I love the teacups so much, I wanted to make them into something more practical for my own life. So, I turned them into candles!
Turning these teacups into teacup candles is actually very easy to do. You don’t need to have any special skills (well, good hand-eye coordination wouldn’t hurt), and the part of the process where you actually have to do something doesn’t take long at all!
DIY Teacup Candles
- Vintage teacups
- Colored Granulated Wax (or soy wax flakes)
- Candle Wicks
- Optional: Candle scent
1. Make sure the teacups are totally clean!
2. Set one wick in the center of the teacup. Keep steady by pinching the wick in place with the skewers. You can use tape to keep the skewers together to keep them from moving, but it isn’t necessary.
3. Using a double boiler, melt the wax until liquid. If you are using any special candle scents, pour in a few drops right before moving on to the next step.
4. Immediately pour into the teacup and fill to the top. You will want to leave 1/4″ – 1/8″ at the top. Make sure you don’t get any on the wick!
6. Trim the wick at the top to about 1/4″.
If you are using granulated wax, you don’t need to do any melting! This is a great option if you’ve never made candles before or don’t feel comfortable melting wax and pouring it into candles. All you need to do is set the wick in the center of the teacup and pour the granulated wax all around it. That’s it! The wax will melt when the candle is lit.