Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Tea Cup Candles




The best gifts are those made by hand, with true thought of what the person you are giving it to really likes. My daughter Megan, surprised me with these homemade tea cup candles for my Mother's Day gift, incorporating two of my favorites; tea cups and candles. I have been lighting them to dispel some of the gloom from the rainy days we are experiencing lately and their soft glow and vanilla scent is wonderful. The best thing about making these yourself, is that you could use any variety of pretty tea cup and any scent of candle wax. I love that she used a larger tea cup, with a pretty handle, that I will enjoy using for tea, once the candle is gone.


Her instructions for making these pretty candles are as follows:


  • Clean out tea cups. Hot glue wicks to the center of the bottom of the cup. Use unopened chopsticks to hold wick upright.


  • Chop candles into smaller pieces. For 2 tea cup candles, 12 vanilla votive candles were used. Place in double boiler to melt wax.


  • Carefully pour melted wax into cups. The wax will set quickly, but any drips can be easily cleaned off cups when wax hardens.



  • Allow to set at least one hour, before removing chop sticks and trimming wick to 1/4 inch long.


Happy Wednesday!


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  1. What a great Mother's Day gift. I have never thought about making my own candles... until now. I never knew how easy it was. I definitely want to try this.

  2. What a thoughtful gift. I too love homemade gifts.

  3. These are absolutely darling!!! I have many tea cups that I inherited from my Mom. Now I know what to do with them!

  4. Thank you for the tutorial. Pinned it! This would be great for kids and adults alike.

  5. What a sweet and thoughtful gift from your daughter; thanks so much for including her tutorial!

  6. Wow, what a great post, I'd love to try my hand at making these! What a sweet gift!

  7. Your daughter did a beautiful job making the candle and they look charming in the tea cups.


  8. This brings back memories of making candles for my friends as Christmas gifts back in high school. But using the teacups is a wonderful way to make them special.

  9. So simple! I need to try this as I go through LOTS of candles. So sweet of your daughter to make something for you and the tea cups are darling:) xxleslie

  10. What a great gift for us...thanks to you and your daughter!!!...:)JP

  11. visiting from Kathy's party. What a sweet gift from your daughter! two of my favorite things too -- tea and candles! thank you for the tutorial.

  12. These candles are really fun! I have seen them made before. They make great gifts. Thanks for sharing your tutorial with SYC.

  13. I have never made candles before. I think I might attempt this, they make great gifts! Plus, I am a total sucker for random tea cups, but I just don't have enough storage for my addiction. Now, I can buy them guilt free, knowing I have a use in mind! :)

  14. I've always wanted to make some of these.... They would be such a fabulous gift.... I like the chopsticks idea.... Happy Memorial Day!! :)
    hugs x, Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

  15. Wonderful gift idea, Vicki! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,


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