Turn a Vintage Tea Cup into a Candle!

Having dinner by candle light, or just lighting a few candles in the evening for some nice mood lighting is so beautiful and romantic. However, there’s always that little bit of candle that needs to be removed before it melts into the sconce or candle holder. If you save those nubs they can be reused and made into a brand new candle.


About a dozen used candle nubs

Tea cup and saucer

Metal bowl

Pot of boiling water

Plastic fork

Bamboo skewer

Find an old tea cup or a small ceramic bowl. This tea cup came from a thrift store and wasn’t in perfect condition, but it had a nice graphic pine cone on it.

Fill a medium-sized sauce pan with an inch or two of water, and place a metal bowl on top to make a double boiler. Use a bowl reserved for craft projects. You probably won’t want to use it for food afterward since it’s really difficult to remove all the wax.

As the candles begin to melt, remove the wicks with a plastic fork.

Save the longer wicks to reuse in the new candle.

Pour the melted wax into the tea cup. Break the burnt end of the wick off and make sure it’s long enough to reach the bottom of the cup. The wick will need to be about an inch above the wax.

Dip the wick’s end into the hot wax and wrap it around the center of a bamboo skewer. Lay the skewer across the top of the cup to keep the wick in place while the wax dries.

Once the wax is dry and hard cut the excess wick.

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