Tuesday Tutorials – Make Your Own Teacup Candles (or Just Regular Candles)

Last week we learned how to remove candle wax from the cool glass containers they come in.  This week, we do the opposite and learn how to make the candles, specially in teacups but you can really use any glass jar or container you have.

There are a few ways to start when you want to make a teacup candle:

  1. Remember when I mentioned you should save your wax?  This is one reason why!  You can melt those pieces down to make a brand new candle.  I do suggest you use a bunch of unscented ones together, or similarly scented ones, but I don’t think you’ll have great results with 10 different smells going on (not to mention what kind of color you’ll end up with!)
  2. Buy a new free-standing votive to melt down.  I did this when I was in a pinch last Christmas and wanted to make my grandmother a teacup candle as a gift.  The benefit here is you’ll already have a wick to use!
  3. Gather your old candles that are half-gone or melted in funny.  You know those candles that won’t stay lit, or that only melt straight down the center to you end up with high walls of wax that doesn’t melt?  Those are perfect here.

For today’s tutorial, we are going with #3.

How to Make a Teacup Candle

1. Melt old candles in nested pans

Find two pots that nest together where the bottom pot has water in it, which is brought to a boil. The top pot is empty but for the candle wax. The heat from the boiling water underneath the wax will cause it to melt. Don’t have a pan that will nest on top?  You can still make it work.  In the past I’ve used a heavy glass bowl to melt chocolate above a pot of boiling water and it worked fine.  Use what you have, but be careful not to burn yourself if the vessel you are melting wax in doesn’t have a handle.

2. Get a wick ready.

You can purchase some inexpensive wick kits at any craft store, they usually come with the metal circles you put at the bottom of the candle.  You can make your own wick by takeing a long (5ish feet) string and fold it in half over and over again until it is only 6-8 inches long then twisting it and dipping it in melted wax, then smoothing down it with your fingers and repeating this a few times.
To be honest, that seems like just a little too much work for me, but if you want to try it out, go for it!

3. Hold wick in place and pour in wax

If you made your own wick, you can tie one end of the wick to a washer to weigh down the bottom of the wick.  If you bought a kit, then follow the instructions to attach the wick to the metal circle (you’ll really just need some pliers to pinch it closed).

Wrap the other end of the wick to a pencil, chopstick, wooden skewer, or popsicle stick and continue to wrap it until the pencil/chopstick/skewer/popsicle stick can rest easily on top of the cup.

The wick should be standing up straight, held down by the weight of a washer or metal circle (which are a little lighter than washers but should still work).

Then, pour in the wax.

4. Wait! 

Ideally wait overnight for these to harden. In the morning, trim the wick and remove the pencil/chopstick/skewer or whatever you used to hold the wick! Enjoy!

These make great little gifts for the holidays, birthdays, or just because!