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Silver Post Medal for All Time! 355 Posts
April 23, 2019

Teacup Candles - closeup of a teacup candleI bought all the supplies on Amazon.com, the wax, the wicks, a color kit, and a scented oil kit. Then I began making candles out of old empty jars, and then found old antique teacups and saucers. These make wonderful keepsake treasures and special gifts. And it is very easy, but requires "caution" when working with hot, melted wax.

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Supplies:

  • 10 lb. bag of white wax chips
  • 1 package of 50 wicks which have the metal stand on the bottom (you cut them to the height you need)
  • I bought a kit (a plastic box with separated squares of packaged colored pieces of wax to color your candles)
  • kit of 10 scented oils
  • candle warmer, I already had this item
  • clean recycled jars
  • teacups and saucers, from flea markets, yard sales, or thrift shops
Teacup Candles - bag of wicks with metal base
 

Steps:

  1. Start by covering your workplace with heavy paper or newspaper. You need a half table to work with this.
  2. Make a slit in the large bag of wax. Fill as many jars as you can to the rim with the chips.
  3. Teacup Candles - cut and add wax chips to jar for melting
     
  4. Have the hot plate warmed up in a place where no one (even you) can trip over the cord. I already had a candle warmer, that is all you need. It is discouraged to melt wax on a stovetop. Wax can get to a high degree of heat that can become flammable! I would rather work slow and safe!
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  6. Take a filled jar of wax and place it on the warmer. It takes about 3 hours to melt one jar. You will notice as it melts, the quantity goes down. Fill the jar back up to the rim with more chips. They melt faster because you are adding to hot wax.
  7. Teacup Candles - wax filled jar on a candle warmer
     
  8. When you have a clear full jar of melted wax, add your color and your scent. A little color chip goes a long way. Likewise, it only takes a few drops to scent a candle. You can also mix your scents to come up with your own creation.

    The 4 teacups you see in my pictures were made from 2 small pieces of pink chips. The first two came out dark pink, I added more wax chips to the jar with just an inch of color in the jar, and made the two lighter pink candles.
  9. Teacup Candles - bags of color chips
     
    Teacup Candles - bottles of scent
     
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  10. Put your measured wick in the middle of the cup, to keep it balanced, just take your scissors and close them tight to the wick and balance the handle of the scissors on something the same height and leave it for a few hours. When dry, using a hot glue gun, hot glue the cup to the saucer.
  11. Teacup Candles - hot glue gun for gluing the cup to the saucer
     
  12. When filling jars, use the same process. Use clean recycled jars. Wash and remove the labels with alcohol. Fill the jar to the rim with wax, color, and scent. Then measure and balance the wick. When done, put a thick ribbon around the top, and make a simple bow. Put hot glue under the rim, and a few dabs under the bow! You can decorate the outside of jars too.
  13. Teacup Candles - adding a ribbon bow to a jar candle
     
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  14. You can become as creative as you want with candle making.
  15. Teacup Candles - four teacup candles
     
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Bronze Post Medal for All Time! 140 Posts
November 8, 2018

Year around I use a lot of candles. The wick always burns out before the wax, leaving so much leftover wax that goes to waste, (not on my watch!) I take the wax and melt it down, add wicks, and make decorative cups for gifts that are a conversational piece and a decorative thank you to friends.

Using Leftover Candle Wax For Gifts - tea cup candle on saucer with a spoon

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Bronze Feedback Medal for All Time! 158 Feedbacks
December 28, 2015

This is a simple project, but I think the results are so pretty. These make a nice gift or decoration for your house. No special candle-making tools are necessary.

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You can purchase the candles at a dollar store and pour the wax into an old teacup or mug. I paid $5 total to make these 2 candles.

closeup of candle

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Silver Post Medal for All Time! 355 Posts
July 25, 2017

As I was unpacking in my new home, I decided to do something with some of my bone china collection. I made a few of these candle cups to use as special keepsake gifts. They make nice warm heart filled gifts for an old friend or when visiting a friend you have have not seen in a long while.

Bone China Candle Cups - finished tea cup candle

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