DIY Vintage Teacup Candles

This may or may not be my most fave DIY project yet. It could be because I found the cutest little teacups to use like the one above that have ‘Best Wishes’ written in gold cursive  or it could be because the ever so fabulous Jenna of Jenna McKenzie Photography took all of the beautiful shots for me just for this post (have I told you how much I heart her?) But really, I love this project cause I know you’re going to love it too. It’s easy, super cute and perfect for favors, home decor, gifts, bridal showers and the list goes on. Read on to find out how you too can make your own DIY Vintage Teacup Candles!

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. All in all this project cost $40 (the Best Wishes cup was $12).

Best Wishes. Eeeek! I feel like this would be a perfect canvas in the new bigger and badder Girl Cave, no?

Oh and go over here and say Hi to Jenna. She’s a doll. And knows how to take a pretty picture :) Thanks Jenna! xoxo

118 comments on DIY Vintage Teacup Candles

  1. That is so awesome! Jenna really is an amazing photographer too :)

  2. Katie on

    Those are too cute!

  3. Naomi on

    Love these!!

  4. Keri on

    What a beautiful project!! You are so crafty :)

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  6. Nora on

    I love your matching nails, haha! It really makes the tutorial look so cute. You have a great eye for detail!

  7. These are beautiful. I think they remind me a bit of those lovely initial tea cups you used at your wedding! Love!!!!

  8. lovely! I have several vintage teacups that I purchased for my wedding that I don’t have a use for, so I may try this. Thanks, girl!

  9. I love these!!! I SO hope some of my brides see this and use them for their wedding!

  10. Such a great idea! It definitely seems like it’s worth a try :)

  11. Love this madly. It is so me.

  12. love these! And the pictures of the process make it look easy and totally a fun project to spend a day doing with your girlfriends (or bridesmaids!). And, you look adorable as always, Rhi! Jenna certainly takes some pretty pics, huh? Love the nailpolish color, too:) Ah, details.

  13. Lisa on

    I love these! What a cute way for brides to use decor from their wedding in their homes after the big day…do you think it would work in small mason jars as well?
    Thanks for such a great idea!! :)

  14. OH MY GOSH. Hi. You’re a genius (: I love you. You’re just so crafty!!! I love this idea. I collect vintage tea cups and had lots passed down from my great grandma. What an awesome idea (:

  15. Yay! I finally figured out where your comments are now. It is so faint on my computer screen I could barely see it (I may need to clean my screen).

    love this. I have a teacup collection from my “tea party” days. I should make a few and give as gifts.

  16. This is FABULOUS!! Great Job, Rhi!

  17. So cute, I could just melt!

  18. Mary on

    Swooning over this post Rhi. Seriously, wonderful job! And super pretty photographing too! I can see these at a tea-inspired bridal shower. So perfect!

  19. Ana F. on

    This is so cute! Adorable! too bad I’m already married :)

  20. I love teacups and candles! This DIY is so adorable. I’m going to be bookmarking this page :) You’re pretty amazing Rhi!

  21. bailey on

    This is so cute! Maybe I will get the creative bug and try them sometime!

  22. Lena on

    These are just so darn sweet-and of course, the photos of you DIYing away are pretty adorable, too!

  23. mary on

    love this! what a wonderful project- so lovely (and I adore vintage teacups!)
    great photos, too! xo

  24. lovely!! i took a soy candle making class once and it was a lot of fun. these turned out so wonderfully.

  25. holy cow this is awesome.

  26. brandi on

    sighhh…i love these!!! so precious!


  27. LOVE love LOVE! Beautiful project and post

  28. Julie on

    This is just amazing! I need to find myself some teacups ASAP!

  29. I absolutely adore this! What a fantastic project, Rhiannon!

  30. Liesl on

    What lovely documentation of this darlin DIY! A friend of mine made me some candles in teacups for Christmas a couple years ago and I just love them…so fun, Rhiannon!

    Liesl :)

  31. Wow, I adore these cute little teacup candles, and what a great tutorial!

  32. Rhi, these are so stinkin’ cute!! Yes that should absolutely be a canvas in your bigger, badder girl cave :) xo

  33. So cute…a must try project…I see so many of these when I go “treasure hunting’ I must get some next time and make some gifts! Thanks for sharing! XO

  34. This is such a fun idea!!! I am definitely going to share this with my brides.

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  36. Emily on

    Oh! Your DIY projects are so utterly inspiring. I have always wanted to do this craft, it looks amazing!
    Much love xx

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  39. Cat on

    Um, can I say how perfect your timing was in posting this? I was desperately trying to find a unique gift for my BMs that were hosting my Bridal Tea on July 31st. Since it was a “Tea” I wanted to get them something related to tea but quickly realized not all are tea fanatics like me. But who doesn’t love candles and vintage cups!! I went out that week and purchased all of the supplies and made them in one night. So perfect and the girls LOVED them. Thanks for the awesome tutorial!

  40. Kristin on

    I totally want to try these for my lil’ sis’s shower!!

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  42. knitwych on

    Beautiful candles, but I urge you to make sure you are using wax formulated for container candles. It has a lower melting point than wax formulated for tapers or pillars, which contain hardeners that make the wax burn longer. The longer the burn, the more heat is built up, and that could shatter the cups and cause a fire.

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  45. this is a wonderful idea. great blog! ;)

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  49. Amie on

    These are absolutely amazingggg! One question – what size wick was used?

  50. B E A utiful! :)


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  54. Priscilla on

    If I were to make this with a simple candle-making kit from an arts and crafts store, would that suffice? Instead of making my own candle wax, I mean.

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  75. Kenzi on

    This is SOO cute! I’m thinking about doing this with wine glasses! But where do you buy wicks, wax flakes, and color/scent for the candles?!

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  86. JenniAnne on

    Love this! I just made one last night.
    Questions: did you add the food coloring before or after the wax was melted? I added color after it was melted and the color just clumped together like oil in water. So I just used wax that was already colored.

    Also, did you have any trouble keeping the wax IN the cup after the wax had cooled? The wax was cooled (I let it set over night) and I went to wrap it in a box (it is a gift) and the whole candle slipped out of the cup. Did this happen to you or did I do something wrong?

    Anyways. Thanks so much for the tutorial. SO cute and I’m excited to give it to my sister. :)

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  90. Katherine Roesler on

    Making candles for some friends for christmas has been on my mind, and I thought of teacups. This is exactly what I needed to tackle that task! Thank you for the blog post, and your blog is adorable as well. I will defiantly continue to read in the future :)

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  92. Mandy on

    Has the heat from the flame ever damaged the teacups?

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  102. Dianna on

    Have you had problems with these cracking when you pour the hot wax in or when they have burned over an extended period of time? I am making Tea Cup candles for my wedding in April and my mom is worried that they might crack. Thanks!

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