Making Mug Candles

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A colorful candle holder can be made with an old coffee mug or even punch cups. Using some glass glaze you do your own decorating of a plain mug.


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A good way to use old mugs or even punch cups is to set a few cups on a tray, each one containing store bought votives (normally it takes two). Set the tray in the oven on 250 degrees F and let the candles melt. Remove one of the wicks and leave the other one. As the candle begins to cool, straighten the wick up into the center.

There you have it. A lovely handmade gift for about a dollar! (Cups can be purchased at thrift shop most often for 25 cents or watch for them at rummage sales!)

By melody_yesterday from Sedalia, MO

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I recently was gifted with a few bottles of Dala glass glaze. Some time ago, I received a white mug - the mug was used as the gift box for a small gift. I wanted to do something with the mug. There was nothing wrong with the mug, except that it was white... :-) The glass glaze created the perfect opportunity. I decided to turn the mug into a nifty candle holder.

Total Time: weekend project, drying time included

Yield: one candle holder


  • classic white glass mug
  • Dala glass glaze: magenta; emerald; turquoise and blue
  • white vinegar
  • old cloth
  • paintbrush
  • sponge - used one that was inside a medicine bottle
  • plastic cup
  • newspaper to protect the working area


  1. Use the cloth to clean the mug with vinegar and allow to dry.
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  3. Use the turquoise glaze and sponge to paint the outside and handle of the cup. Allow to dry for 30 minutes. Note: If you want to use the cup for drinking purposes, do not paint up to the lip of the mug.
  4. Use the emerald glaze to add shoots of grass all around the mug. Allow to dry for 30 minutes.
  5. Paint small magenta flowers around the mug. Also add some magenta dots to the bottom of the grass.
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  7. Add some blue dots to add shadows around the base of the grass.
  8. In the plastic cup, mix emerald and blue glaze to obtain a darker green glaze. Use this darker green to add shadows to the grass shoots, and to color the centre of each flower.
  9. Paint the mug's handle with the magenta glaze.
  10. Finish it off with blue dots on each side of the handle.
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  12. Allow to dry for 24 hours before using.
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