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NOTE: I posted this back in 2011 but wanted to revisit it because it’s such a fun article!  Hence the ‘flashback’ in the title.

One thing I love doing is op shopping.  But rather than search for that one-off beautiful dress, I have recently been obsessed with finding the perfect teacup.  Not because I love to drink tea (which I most definitely do) but so that I can make soy candles in up-cycled, vintage teacups, glasses and jars.  So I thought I’d share with you how I make them.


Things you need:

  • Soy wax flakes (I buy mine from Aussie Candle Supplies)
  • A jug or saucepan that you can use over a stove to melt the wax
  • Essential oils or fragrance if you’d like to make them smell pretty
  • Clean jars, glasses or teacups that you’d like to use for your candles
  • Wicks
  • Stickums (little white sticky dots to hold the wick in place – optional)
  • Thermometer (optional)
  • Skewers (to hold the wick in place as the candle sets)
  • Scissors


1. Clean and dry your glasses and teacups

2. Stick the base of the wick down in the middle of the glass.  I use Stickums which I purchased from Aussie Candle Supplies because nothing else seems to work and it’s really frustrating when the wick doesn’t stay in place.

3.  Melt the wax over the stove.  When you purchase the wax they should tell you what the optimum temperature is for pouring but if you don’t have a thermometer just keep it over a low heat and stir the wax until it has melted.

4.  Add a few drops of your desired fragrance or essential oil to the wax or to the bottom of the glass and then pour in the wax.  The wick should stay in place at the bottom but will probably wall to the side at the top.

5.  Place 1 or 2 skewers over the top of the glass to hold the top of the wick in place.  As the wax starts to set, check that the wick is in the desired position.

6.  Once the candle has set completely, you can then snip the wick to the desired length.

Some Handy Tips:

When you are purchasing your wax and wicks, take the time to read about each different type so that you can select the correct products.  I always choose soy wax because it is cleaner burning, eco-friendly and cruelty-free.  Regular wax is made from petroleum and the other option is beeswax, which is natural but it is almost impossible to collect the beeswax or honey without killing some of the bees.  So I prefer to stick to soy wax.

The type of wick you choose will depend on the size of the glasses, teacups or jars that you are using.

Use a jug to melt the wax.  Initially I used an old saucepan but it was difficult to pour the wax straight from the saucepan.  I purchased a jug from Aussie Candle Supplies but you could just use a pyrex jug and, rather than putting it directly over the flame to melt the wax, you could hold it in a saucepan of boiling water.  Or I guess the other option is to melt the wax in the microwave.

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I hope you enjoy making your candles – I’d love to know how you go too.  They make unique, personal gifts for Christmas, which is less than 12 weeks away – Yikes!  What I love the most about making these candles is actually scouring the op shops, vintage stores and garage sales for the perfect teacup.

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

Love and peace,


amanda xx