If you love antique stores as much as we do, you’ll know how hard it is to pass up adorable teacups. Don’t…we have the perfect gift idea.


  • Industrial strength adhesive
  • Teacup and saucer (we found these at our favorite antique store)
  • Painter’s tape
  • Wood dowels for candle making
  • Wick
  • Parafin wax
  • Double boiler
  • Essential oil (optional)
  • Candle making dye (optional)


Place industrial strength adhesive on the bottom of the teacup and center on saucer. Allow to dry completely.

Create wick supports by taping together the end of two wood dowels and sliding a votive wick in between. Tape together the other side of the dowels. Place the wick in the center of the teacup so that the metal base sits flush on the bottom of the cup. You may carefully separate the wood dowels to assist in positioning the wick, if necessary. Using painter’s tape, secure the wood dowels to the top of the handle of the teacup.

Place parafin wax in the double boiler and melt on high heat until fully melted and clear. If desired, add essential oil and candle making dye, according to package instructions or personal preference. Stir essential oil and dye into melted wax with a wood dowel.

Carefully remove the measuring cup of melted wax from the double boiler and slowly pour into the teacup, making sure to avoid the wood dowels on the top, leaving top 1/4 inch of cup unfilled. If making additional candles, return your measuring cup to the double boiler to further melt wax.

Let wax dry completely, about 4-6 hours. Trim wick at the wood dowel clamp and remove painter’s tape from teacup handle.


STAY SAFE: Be sure to use extra caution with the melted parafin wax and when using the double boiler.

ORANGE & FIELD TIP: The recommended amount of essential oils for candlemaking is 35-40 drops per 3 ounces of solid wax.