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Homemade Antique Teacup Candle

by Kay~Kacey on 10/15/2008

Looking for an easy, elegant holiday present or hostess gift? How about a homemade antique teacup candle? We made a whole batch of these last year. Very easy. Inexpensive.

First we haunted the antique malls looking for old teacups.

antique rose teacup

SuperGuy and I had a deal. None of them could be over $5.00 for this project. That just added to the fun!

cut out saucer on teacup

I’m partial to the teacups that have pearly insides and cut outs on the saucer like this one.

container wax

Buy some container wax at your local craft store such as Michael’s or Hobby Lobby. If you’re really lucky, I’ll send my kitty over to help you make your candles too! No, I’m thoughtful that way. I can’t tell you how helpful my kitty was on this project…

wicks and fragrance

Then you’ll need wicks. The ones I got are pre-waxed wire wicks, 3 1/2 inches long. They came in a pack of 12. If you want to add fragrance you can melt some fragrance in with the wax. Like this yummy coffee bean fragrance.

pouring pot

I got this pouring pot to use because I didn’t want to melt wax in any of my pots. Call me crazy not wanting to use my nice cooking pots.

place wick in teacup

Place wick in bottom of teacup. Press down to hold into place.

line teacups up

Line your pretty teacups up besides the stove with the wicks all in place.

double boiler melting

Place pouring pitcher in a pot of water on the stove top. My wax had me melt it until it reached 180 degrees F. (check on the packaging on your wax to see if your wax melting instructions are the same as mine, if not, well…follow the instructions on your wax to melt it!). Let cool to about 175 degrees F. Add scent.

pour wax into teacup

Stir well and pour into teacups. (hopefully not while trying to take a picture of the process at the same time…!!!) Save some wax. After the candles have set up for about 30 minutes, poke hole in wax near the wick to let air escape. Reheat the saved wax to about 170 F. Cap off the candles with the remaining wax. (this keeps them from having a sunken center around the wick) After the candle cools, trim wick.

I hot glued the teacup to the saucer…just in case someone (or some kitty) might knock over the teacup. It’s more secure when attached to the saucer.

teacup candle

They look so creamy and cute.

antique teacup candle

There you have it, a darling holiday gift. Perfect for a teacher gift, or hostess gift…or to keep one or two for yourself. I’m posting this a bit early, because if you’re anything like me, you put off doing any holiday shopping and gift making until it stresses you out. So go hit your craft stores and indulge in a fun trip to an antique store or flea market and get a jump on your holiday gifts!

Honestly, don’t you think these are just adorable? Makes me want to go set one beside the tub, grab a glass of wine and relax in a long, hot bubble bath.

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vodkamom October 15, 2008 at 5:22 am

Those are REALLY adorable. I collect teacups. I have ever since my grandmother passed away, and I inherited some of hers. It’s quite comforting to look at them. :wink:

Sara October 15, 2008 at 6:06 am

I LOVE this idea! I’m going to do some this season for gifts. I have a few other items I’d like to use in gift baskets and these will go perfectly! Thanks!

Sarah S. October 15, 2008 at 6:14 am

Very good gift idea! I am going to have to ry that one! :wink:

iPost October 15, 2008 at 6:35 am

i love this idea! Absolutely perfect for teachers and such! Thanks for the tutorial!

Gayle October 15, 2008 at 7:03 am

Those are so pretty. I need to get to the craft store!

Suzanne October 15, 2008 at 7:03 am

That’s so cute! I love those!

Valerie October 15, 2008 at 7:12 am

I actually have one of these that someone gave me as a gift. I never thought to try to make one, though! These would make excellent gifts for some of my co-workers. Thanks for the idea!

No need to send a kitty to help, though. I have two of my own who fill that role nicely!

Kelly Boyce October 15, 2008 at 7:55 am

I’m trying to be crafty this Christmas and this is a great idea! Thanks!!

Michelle Willingham October 15, 2008 at 8:22 am

Oh, those are really lovely, Kacey. Nice. :mrgreen:

Mental P Mama October 15, 2008 at 8:25 am

I love these! And my horoscope tells me to take a bubble bath today. I just need one of these, and I’m good to go;) :coffee2:

Treasia/TruckersWife October 15, 2008 at 8:38 am

What a wonderful idea Kacey. I have been wondering this year what to get co-workers for Christmas and this fits the bill perfectly. Thanks for the idea and the instructions.

I used to have a 1500 piece china set like your picture of the third teacup down. I miss that set of china.

Starwoodgal October 15, 2008 at 8:39 am

Oh my! Now I know what to do with all the tea cups I have. Cute!

Kacey October 15, 2008 at 9:50 am

I collect teacups too, which is why I think these are so cute! I’m really in love with that small rose teacup. Might have to keep that one for myself!

mary October 15, 2008 at 10:30 am

Love them!!!

Deb October 15, 2008 at 11:02 am

How adorable! these would fit into any decor. You are very crafty, Kacey. What other talents do you possess?

Tori Lennox October 15, 2008 at 11:32 am

Those are so cute! I may have to show this to my mom and see if we can do this for relatively inexpensive presents….

Debra October 15, 2008 at 1:10 pm

This is the best gift idea I’ve seen in a long time (except for the photo on CG’s web site that I wanted for myself…I digress). Love the idea, Kacey! I’m going to have to copy cat (ha! I crack myself up!) your idea. Does the black kitty come with the wicks or the wax???

Kacey October 15, 2008 at 4:52 pm

Deb, I have many hidden talents…some hidden more deeply than others!

Debra, I’m sure that SuperGuy would say the black kitty comes with whatever you want her to come with :wink:

Debbie October 15, 2008 at 5:23 pm

I just had to say how much I love these! Thanks.

BearNaked October 15, 2008 at 6:24 pm

What a fantastic idea.
I have some old teacups packed away in storage downstairs and now will have something to make with them.
Thanks for the great craft idea.

Bear((( )))

Amy A October 15, 2008 at 7:32 pm

This is blinkin’ brilliant!

annbb/TSannie October 15, 2008 at 8:29 pm

Do you glue the tea cup to the saucer?

Those are really just wonderful!

Kacey October 16, 2008 at 5:59 am

Yes, Annie, I hot glued the cup to the saucer for more stability.

Rene October 16, 2008 at 12:45 pm

Oh, cute idea! Candles are so easy to make. Great teacher’s gift.

maryam June 1, 2009 at 12:36 am

:coffee2: :coffee2: :coffee2: that was very lovely i love it :toofunny:

Candle Queen August 24, 2009 at 9:59 pm

Hey, I love those candles, did you make them yourself or did you buy them? If you made them, I would love to know more.

sueann July 28, 2012 at 4:38 am

Thanks for great instructions since most on the internet are seriously lacking. Gonna try this soon!

Esther June 13, 2014 at 3:31 pm

Were having a tea party thank you for the idea. :beer:

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