June 7

Pretty Thrifty Candle In A Teeny Tiny Teacup

Tiny Teacup Candles At A Teeny Tiny Price

images (1)A friend asked me recently if I don’t go stir crazy sitting home blogging all day. All day? Ha! Was my thoughtful reply. But I do indeed need to get out the house sometimes and when I  do, being a thrifty mother, I go blog in the cafe in my local Ikea. There are always free tables with free wifi. The constant bustle works like white noise and makes it easier to concentrate.  (Really.) I sit by a window with a panoramic view of the hills surrounding me. And, if I flash my (free) Ikea Family Card, I get unlimited coffee for nothing.  I can sit there for as long as I can spin out the coffees. Long enough to write a blog post.

duktig-piece-coffee-tea-set-assorted-colours__0086281_PE214921_S4duktig tea cup in palm of handIf I get the fidgets I go for a wee wander round the store, which is how I came to notice these teeny tiny teacups. They are for children to play with. I would have adored these as a little girl. I would also have broken them in a matter of weeks, which is why I have never succumbed to buying them for the Tartan Weans. I have, since this was Make Something week, come up with a perfect excuse to buy them, though…

duktig tumblersDSCN0088At £6 for 4 teacups and 4 little china tumblers these work out at 75p each. That’s the same amount you would pay to buy a little glass jar to make a container candle in. Same price, whole different level of cuteness. As it happens, I was planning to make candles in jars as teacher gifts for the end of term. So I made them in the little cups instead. I am rather pleased with the result!

teeny tiny tea cup candle from www.tartanthrifty.org

How To Make Pretty Thrifty Candles In Teeny Tiny Teacups

What You Need

A plastic jug to melt your wax in – one that fits in your microwave oven. No microwave? A plastic bowl set snugly inside a pot of water on the stove top works too.

soya wax pelletsWax  I have used soya wax rather than petroleum based wax here – partly for eco-reasons, partly because it burns slower and makes your tiny candles last longer, and partly because it melts at a low temperature which makes for speedier and safer candle-making.

pre-waxed wicksWicks  You can buy wick by the metre but it is w-a-a-y more simple and quick to buy pre-waxed wicks which are attached to their sustainers already.

glue dots on a rollGlue dots  These make attaching your wicks to your containers a doddle. You can skip them though and use just a little drop of melted wax instead.

black raspberry and vanilla candle scent oilScent oil  I have used Black Raspberry and Vanilla for my little summer lights but the world is your fragrant oyster when you shop for candle scent online.  Next time, I think I will try a coffee scent and use a wax tint to match the colour of my candle to the scent. I initially tried scenting mine with essential oil – quite a lot of quite expensive essential oil. It smelled amazing when I stirred it in… then it smelt of nothing when I burned the candles. A little more research revealed that volatile oils often evaporate before the wax sets and that oils created specifically for candle-making “throw” their scent more effectively. Lesson learned.

Making Candles In A Teacup

attaching a glue dot to a pre-waxed wickpre-waxed wick in a tea cupStart by attaching glue dots to the bottom of each wick. Peel the backing off the attached dot to give you a (very) sticky wick base. Pop this into your cup and centre it before pressing it gently into place. Put your cups on a baking tray and pop them all in the oven at 50 degrees to warm. This will help your wax to stick to the container.

Put 300g wax into a plastic jug. Put the jug in the microwave at full power and heat for 2 minutes. Stir and microwave again for 1 minute. Repeat until it has all melted.

black raspberry and vanilla candle scent oilscented candle in a tiny tea cupTake the cups out the oven. Stir your scent oil into the molten wax. Follow the instructions on your oil for this – too much oil will stop your candle burning properly, too little will stop the scent spreading far and wide when the candle burns. Different brands specify different amounts.

DSCN0109using a clothes peg to steady a candle wickPour the wax into your cups. Hold the wicks in place with whatever you have handy – I have gone for the expensive and high-tech option of using old clothes pegs, but criss-crossed cocktail sticks work too. Or pencils. Look – you are a smart person – improvise!

DSCN0118When the wax has set, trim the wicks. That’s it – you have made a whole batch of sweet little teacup candles that smell amazing. Aren’t you fabulous?

teeny tiny tea cup candle from www.tartanthrifty.org

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Posted June 7, 2015 by tartanmum in category "Make Something


  1. By Emma Kate on

    These are so pretty. I made these for my wedding reception with lots of mis matched china. I dunno what you pay for your wax but I bought cheap white church candles from the pound shop, grated them and used a double boiler to melt them. Might work out cheaper? Anyway, they’re lovely.

    1. tartanmumBy tartanmum (Post author) on

      What a lovely idea for a wedding! I am going to try out your wax idea and see if it does work out cheaper. Thanks 🙂

  2. By Emma @ Bankruptcy Advice on

    Love candles and was always curious how to make them. Going to give these a go. Thanks for the tip on the correct oils, I was going to use essentials but I’ll get the right stuff now.


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