7 Tips for Turning a Tea Cup and Saucer into a Candle

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In fact my daughter and I repurposed 2 teacups. She filled the blue cup and I filled the flowered one.

In fact my daughter and I repurposed 2 teacups. She filled one of her blue cups with wax and filled the other one with Sweet & Spicy tea.

I have a teacup saucer that is badly cracked. I don’t want to use it as I am afraid it will break sometime when I am carrying it full of hot tea. Even though I only paid 50 pence for it from a Boot Sale in Ipswich, I don’t want to throw it away. So I decided to repurpose it into a candle.

Ingredients – all my ingredients came from Michaels

  • Microwaveable soy wax shavings
  • Soy wick
  • Scent for soy candles (sage citrus)
  • Plastic container to melt wax in
  • Disposable chop stick
  • Scissors
This is the cup I turned into a candle See how clear the wax is? It cooled down from the outside in and turned to a lovely creamy white.

This is the cup I turned into a candle See how clear the wax is? It cooled down from the outside in and turned to a lovely creamy white.

Tips from Our Experience

  1. Put 2 scoops of wax into your plastic container. The scoop will be whatever “holder” you are filling with the melted wax.
  2. The directions on the wax shavings say to heat your candle holder to 100°. Our oven doesn’t go that low so we heated the teacups on 250° for 5 minutes.
  3. Use a generous glob of hot glue to adhere your wick to bottom of candle holder.
  4. DO NOT move the wick around once the wax is poured in. It looks like it isn’t doing anything. But it will leave a groove in the hardened wax.
  5. When you pour the wax into the holder, it is clear. Because I didn’t put any colouring in the wax, it dried to a nice creamy white.
  6. If there is tan colouring, that would be fun to use as it would look like a cup of tea (with a wick on fire in the middle).
  7. I adhered my cup to the saucer with hot glue. I put too much glue on the bottom of the cup and some seeped out when I pressed the cup onto the saucer. It isn’t totally noticeable, but something to be mindful of especially if gifting the candle.
Photo of my completed project by Reggie Williams.

Photo of my completed project by Reggie Williams.

 Your Turn . . . 

  • This is my first time making a candle. Share your 1st candle-making experience. 
  • What would you do with a teacup and saucer, if the saucer was cracked?

Thanks go to Kate Pruitt from Design Sponge. At this link she shows steps on how to do this project. This is the post that inspired me to make one.

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