I am definitely over this cold weather we have had this winter on the East Coast. This past weekend was in the 60’s and it made me realize that Spring is RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER! Although the weather snapped right back to COLD, I am really looking forward to opening the windows and getting some fresh air in the house, spring cleaning, running around the backyard with my puppy, and all the beautiful flower shopping and planting that comes with the end of March and early April. The warmer weather also got me thinking about Easter gifts for my family. I have seen the cutest teacup candles out at stores, and I realized that I could make my own for much cheaper and I could personalize them with my own colors and scents. They really turned out great, and they smell amazing.
This is a fun DIY project that makes for a great gift idea…or keep them for yourself to decorate! Teacups can be found all over. I saw some at the local thrift shops, flea markets, cheap at homeware stores, and I am sure if you look through your storage or even in your pantry you may find a mismatched teacup that would be PERFECT for this project! You can find all the other items needed to make these cute candles at your local craft store in the candle aisle, but much of it can be found cheaper online. I added the direct links to those products in the list below.
So you will need
Natural Soy Wax – Natural Soy 444 Wax: 5 pound bag by Golden Brands
Candle Wicks (1 for each candle) – EricX Light 100 Piece Natural Candle Wick, Low Smoke 6″ Pre-Waxed & 100% Natural Cotton Core
Wax dye or crayons work just as well as offer more color options
candle scents (this is optional, but always a nice touch) – candle scents
Skewers, pencils, chopsticks, or small sticks
To prepare the teacups
- Clean and thoroughly dry the teacups
- Place one of the candle wicks in the center of the teacup with the silver piece on the wick sitting on the bottom of the cup
- You can either secure this by gluing wick down to the bottom of the teacup, or tape the ends of 2 sticks together to form something similar to chopsticks. Then slide the wick in the middle of the “chopsticks” and then rest the sticks on the edge of the cup. You can also tape up the other side at this point. This method will ensure the wick stays in the center of the cup.
To prepare the wax
- To melt the wax, bring about 1 inch of water to a boil on your stove in a small pot
- Put a smaller glass bowl or other heat safe container into the boiling water
- To determine how much wax you need, just pour the wax into whatever teacup you will be making the candle in and do this 2 times. You need 2 times the size of your cup in wax.
- Pour this measured wax into the glass bowl and allow it to sit for a few minutes
- When you see the wax start to turn clear, start stirring. A skewer or one of the sticks you will be using is a good stirring tool and keep stirring until the wax is totally clear and liquid.
- Turn off the burner and at this point you can add your coloring. Either pour a few drops of the candle dye or shave off small pieces of a crayon into the wax and stir until it is all melted and the color you want. The color will be MUCH darker at this stage than when it hardens, so don’t be afraid to add more color than you think you will need.
Making the candles
- Carefully take the smaller glass bowl out of the boiling water
- Pour the wax into the teacup, being careful to pour into the middle area and not on the sides
- Ensure the wick is still standing and in the correct place
- Allow the candles to sit for a few hours until they turn opaque and harden like a normal candle
- Trim the wick to the height you want after removing the sticks
- Light your candles and enjoy a touch of spring 🙂
Please share pictures of your candles! I hope you have fun with this easy DIY project!