Mother’s Day is just around the corner and many of us are looking for something special to give the moms in our lives. Sure it’s easy to run out and grab a gift card or a bottle of perfume, but if you’re looking for something special read on!
These DIY Teacup Candles will make a perfect Mother’s Day Gift! They’re pretty,(I just love the vintage look!), practical, and best of all easy and quite inexpensive to make. You don’t have to be an expert chandler nor do you need fancy equipment to make them. All you really need other than wax and wicks of course is a microwave. That’s right no pouring pitchers, molds, and other candle making supplies.
I use Yaley Microwavable Soy Wax for Glass Containers to make my candles. I prefer soy wax because it’s natural and non-toxic. Soy candles burn cleaner and longer than Parafin candles, meaning they don’t produce as much black smoke as other candles. Soy candles also give out a stronger and more pleasant scent than regular candles. yum,
I had teacups from the twin’s Onederland Party last year cluttering my kitchen cabinets. Turning them into candle holder was the perfect way to use them! If you don’t have any pretty cups or mugs no worries; you can use jelly or mason jars. Or if you want to find some pretty teacups check out thrift shops and discount outlets. I found these cups and mugs at TJMaxx and Ross last spring, that’s when they usually have a good selection. They bring them in for Mother’s Day!
I did mention they were inexpensive to make. I made 5 teacup candles and 3 in jelly jars, which I already had from that same party, for under $20! One pound of soy wax was $10 and 6″ soy wicks came in a package of 100 for $8 (I have plenty left over for later). Of course if you need containers it will cost you a bit more, I think I paid $5-8 for each teacup and saucer set. But before heading out to shop for teacups check you kitchen cabinets, I’m sure you’ll find something you can use tucked in the back corner!
I didn’t use dyes or scents. I just wanted simple white candles. But you can add them if you like, they do however add to the cost. Candle dye costs about $7 per color and Candle scents start at $7 for a small bottle. I’ve read that you can use regular essential oils, but it requires more steps and really doesn’t save you money, essential oils or not cheap! If you are going to add scent you will also need a thermometer, you have to add the scent at just the right temperature otherwise it won’t work.
These DIY Teacup Candles are so simple to make it took me less than an hour to pour them, and about 4-6 hours to cool and solidify. I packed them in pretty gift bags and they were good to go the the next day!
By the way did you know similar Teacup Candles sell for at least $10 each? Some of them even double that! So they really are a great inexpensive gift!
Here’s what you’ll need to make them:
Microwavable glass containers ( I used a 4 Cup Pyrex Mixing Cup)
Pretty Teacups & Saucers or Mugs or Jelly Jars
Candle Dye (optional)
Candle Scent (optional)
Candle Making Thermometer (if you’re adding scent)
Bamboo Skewers or Chopsticks
Line up your teacups on your work surface – You may want to cover it for easier clean up.
Place a wick on the bottom of each cup.
Sandwich the top of the wick between 2 skewers or chopsticks and tape them in place. Make sure the wick is on the cup’s bottom and the skewers are laying across the lip of the cup. This step is really to keep the wick in place when you pour the wax.
Place the desired amount of soy wax flakes in your microwavable container and microwave in increments as described in the wax instructions.
Once the wax is completely melted you can add in your dye if you are using some.
If you are adding scent then let the wax sit until it cools to 180 degrees, then you can add your scent.
If you’re not adding dye or scent then skip the last 2 steps and carefully pour the melted wax into the teacups. Leave about 1/2″ from the lip of the cup.
Allow it to cool about 4-6 hours. Then trim the wick to 1″ from the candle and it’s ready for gifting!