September 20, 2023

DIY Teacup Candles

I think this project from Hey Gorgeous is beyond awesome. It actually gives you a reason to buy all those cute vintage teacups that you want but don't know what to do with. Not only that, but they become incredibly functional as well. Can't you just imagine these sitting as centerpieces in your chic, country, vintage-themed wedding? Well, I can. They would make so much more of a statement than regular, ordinary candles! These would especially be cute at a tea party bridal shower. Or as wedding favors. Heck, use them for whatever you want and you'll be coolest, craftiest bride in town.

Supplies. You will need the following:
• Vintage tea cups, any will do
Eco friendly candle wax flakes
• Wooden kabob skewer sticks
• Scotch tape and sharp scissors
• A stove, a double boiler and bowl
• Oven mitts and a hot plate/trivet
{Step 1} You’ll want to make wooden wick supports to lay over top of the teacups. To do this you can tape together two wooden sticks at the end. Slide in a wax wick so it sits in between the two wooden sticks and then clamp shut the opposite ends and tape together. You should have two sticks taped together at both ends with a wax wick clamped into the middle. Position the wick into the center of the cup so the metal base around the wick is flush on the bottom of the cup. Repeat this step until all of your cups have a wooden wick support laying across the tops. Like so:

{Step 2} Fill a shallow pan or double boiler with water and put over medium to high stove heat. I used a glass Pampered Chef measuring bowl with a spout to melt my wax in. Place your bowl into the water and pour in your wax flakes. As the water and bowl begins to heat up your wax flakes will start to melt and become opaque/clear. I use two wooden skewers to stir the flakes especially after I added in my candle scent and colour. Candle dye is just as potent at food colouring; a little will go a long way!

{Step 3} Using oven mitts, use one hand to lift up the bowl out of the water (once the wax has completely melted) and the other hand to wipe off water on the outside of the bowl (don’t burn yourself!) Have a trivet ready beside your teacups and carefully pour the wax into your teacups, making sure to avoid the wooden skewers laying across the tops. You can always use one hand to hold the wood skewers in place. Fill the teacups up until about a quarter of an inch of cup is still showing. Immediately wash your bowl to avoid the wax drying or put back in your hot water bath if you will be melting more flakes.

{Step 4} Now you get to wait. So go grab some ice cream, hang out for a bit and let the wax completely dry. I’d say give it a few hours at least before you try to trim your wicks or light your candles. Once the wax looks cloudy, smooth and is hard to the touch (like an ordinary candle you’d light in your home) you’ll know the wax is dry. Using very sharp scissors, cut your wick directly at the wooden skewer clamp and gently pull the wooden skewers away from the wick. Then you can light your beautiful new Vintage Teacup Candles! This was by far the best part.

And there you have it! DIY Vintage Teacup Candles.

5 lovely comments:

Sharon said...

Oh I love this! I wish I could do this but I just got an email from my venue saying no candles... :( I wasn't really upset at first but now I keep seeing all these cute ideas involving candles!

Ashley said...

I agree with Sharon - our vendor says no candles and no glass - I really wanted mason jars for water and wine glasses as centerpieces. Now I don't know what to do.

<3 Ash

Chamonix @ Loveducks Photography said...

This is amazing!!!!!!!! I'm so excited to try it :D Thanks for sharing!

kimberly said...

Amazing tutorial! The pictures are lovely and splendid!


Candles and supplies said...

Fantastic. I am amazed.
Great idea.
Thanks for sharing.
Keep sharing more and more.

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