Craft night, DIY teacup candles

Teacup candle DIY

Hands up who loves a good craft evening. My work buddies and I were chatting about a craft evening for Autumn as the dark nights can be so long. We had a shot at making some teacup candles as this has been on my to-do list for ages. These were actually easier than I expected and I am quite impressed with our first attempt at them. I have put together a Vlog which you can catch here and follow us along and see how we made them. I will also pop in some details and pictures of how we made them below. This is a great DIY for reusing old china as once the candles burn through you can remove any wax and make them again. 

What you will need 

In this post, I picked up a bag of paraffin wax from my craft shop. Ideally, soy and beeswax are better. but this is all I could get my hands on last minute. If you want to get some soy or beeswax then have a look on Amazon and you will find loads. I also got a bag of wicks from Inspiring Ideas and it didn’t cost me much. They also had candle making kits if you wanted to have a go at making them using the kits. 

– Wax, soy, beeswax or paraffin

– Wicks

– Old china teacups

– Measuring jug

– A pot to make a double boiler

– Essential oils if you want to make a scented version

How to make

Using a double boiler on your cooker, melt some wax until it is clear. Be careful not to let the wax overheat. Once the wax is melted then carefully take off the heat. You can now add in drops of essential oils. We used some Lavender and Lemongrass oils to make a fresh scent. We used roughly 20 drops of each but this was a really light scent. I love a strong scent so when I make them again I will double the number of essential oils I use. 

Add your wick to the bottom of the cup and use a stick to hold it in place. You can add a tiny bit of glue to the base of your wick to keep it in place for when you pour your melted wax into it. Take extra care when pouring the wax as your wax will be hot. Having someone to make these with was helpful as we were extra careful together not to burn each other. You can then pour your wax into your teacups. We allowed them to sit on the counter until the started to set. Once they showed signs of setting we popped them into the fridge. They did take a while to cool so I would leave them overnight to set before burning. You can then trim the wick to size and just make sure you don’t trim the wick to tight to the wax. 

Lighting your candles

I have tested these out and I have burnt them in my living room over the weekend. When making them again the only thing I would change is the type of wax I use and I would add more essential oils to get a stronger scent. I haven’t burnt one through yet so I don’t know how long the burn time would be on these but they are definitely more than 6 hours as that is how long mine was roughly burning for over the weekend and I will have half. 

I hope you got some inspiration from today’s post. I love how the china teacups glow when the candles are lit. Let me know if you have some girly craft evenings and if you have any ideas for DIYs that we could try throughout Autumn. Don’t forget to check out my video and give it a thumbs up and subscribe to my Youtube channel if you enjoyed it. 

Thanks for reading, 

Chat soon, 


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  1. Lostvestige
    September 26, 2018 / 12:17 am

    These are so pretty! I love how they glow. I've always been interested in making candles, but have never given it a try!

    • Catherine Carton
      October 3, 2018 / 4:27 pm

      Definitely a fun one to try if it is your first time to make x

  2. Deb
    February 24, 2019 / 2:55 am

    So cute, however do you have any ideas of what to do with your teacups once the candle is used up? Is there a lot of wax residue left?

    • daintydressdiaries
      February 24, 2019 / 11:28 am

      Thanks Deb, You can pop them in the freezer to pop out the residue from the wax. Then reuse them for whatever you wish x

      • Deb
        February 24, 2019 / 2:59 pm

        Thank you!

  3. Caroline
    September 22, 2019 / 6:11 pm

    Going to try this out. Where did you get the candle supplies

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