How to Make Your Own Tea Cup Candle with Dried Flowers

Creating your own tea cup candle with dried flowers is a delightful way to add a pop of color and cozy to your home. Using a candle kit makes this an even easier DIY project.

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Let me show you this fun and crafty idea that’s perfect for gift-giving or adding a bit of whimsy to your décor.

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What You’ll Need

Before we begin, let’s gather all the supplies. Here’s what you’ll need to make your own tea cup candle:

  • Tea Cup and Saucer: Choose a charming tea cup and saucer set. Vintage tea cups from thrift stores work wonderfully.
  • Candle Kit: Make sure your kit includes wax, wicks, and a wick holder.
  • Dried Flowers: Lavender, rose petals, or chamomile are lovely choices.
  • Pressed Flowers: These will add a decorative touch.
  • Tweezers: For placing the dried flowers on top of the wax.
  • Scissors: For trimming the wick.
  • Hot Glue Gun: To secure the wick if not using a microwavable candle kit.
  • Double Boiler: For melting the wax if not using a microwavable candle kit.
  • Thermometer: To monitor the wax temperature if not using a microwavable candle kit.
  • Essential Oils: Optional, for adding fragrance if not using a microwavable candle kit.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Making a Tea Cup Candle

Step 1: Prepare Your Tea Cup

Start by thoroughly cleaning your tea cup and saucer. Make sure there’s no dust or residue that could interfere with the wax. Once clean, dry it completely.

Step 2: Secure the Wick

Peel back the sticker provide in your candle kit or use a hot glue gun, attach the wick to the bottom center of the tea cup. Hold it in place for a few seconds to ensure it adheres properly.

If your candle kit includes a wick holder, use it to keep the wick centered while you pour the wax. If it does not, use a pair of chopsticks still connected.

Step 3: Add Dried Flowers Inside Tea Cup (optional)

If you are using a clear tea cup like this one from the Dollar Tree, now is the time to add dried flowers to the side. This is optional, but makes it so pretty!!

I used an artist brush to dab a tiny bit of warm wax to the flower and then placed them onto the sides of the tea cup. It worked like a charm!

Step 4: Melt the Wax

Microwave your candle kit per the instructions. Mine took about 2 minutes on High.

If you are using traditional candle wax, fill the bottom part of your double boiler with water and place the wax into the top part.

Heat the water gently and allow the wax to melt completely, stirring occasionally. Use a thermometer to keep an eye on the temperature; it should be around 170-180 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 5: Add Fragrance

If you’re using essential oils, now is the time to add them.

These are my favorites! I use them in all kinds of DIY projects and crafts!

Romance Essential Oils

About 10-15 drops should be enough, depending on how strong you want the scent to be. Stir well to ensure the fragrance is evenly distributed.

Step 6: Pour the Wax

Carefully pour the melted wax into your tea cup. Fill it almost to the top, leaving a little space so the wax doesn’t overflow. Make sure the wick stays centered as you pour.

pouring the candle wax into the tea cup with dried flowers

Step 7: Add Dried Flowers to the Top

While the wax is still warm, gently place dried flowers on the surface. Lavender and rose petals add a lovely touch. I used these dried flowers that came in a fun variety pack. You can find them here.

Press them lightly into the wax so they’re partially submerged but still visible.

Step 8: Let It Set

Allow the wax to cool and harden completely. This can take a few hours. Don’t move the tea cup during this time to avoid disturbing the setting wax.

Step 9: Trim the Wick

Once the candle is completely set, trim the wick to about 1/4 inch above the wax surface. This will ensure a clean, even burn.

holding up a tea cup candle with dried flowers

Decorating with Dried Flowers

Another cute idea for using dried flowers is this DIY bookmark and gift tag idea! So cute and easy!

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Dried flowers can add an exquisite, artistic flair to your tea cup candles, too. Here’s how to incorporate them:

Choosing the Right Flowers

Select flowers that press well, such as pansies, violas, and small daisies. Ensure they are completely dried and pressed flat. I love using these dried flowers that come in a variety pack.

Dried Flowers Variety Pack

Applying Pressed Flowers

Using a small brush, apply a thin layer of candle wax to the front of each pressed flower. Carefully place the flowers on the inside of the tea cup, arranging them in a pleasing pattern. Once all the flowers are in place, let the wax dry completely.

Will the Dried Flowers Burn?

The dried flowers will burn as the candle burns down. The wax that is surrounding the flowers keeps them moist enough to stay stafe; however, you should never leave a candle unattended.

up close of finished tea cup candle with dried flowers on the side

Display and Enjoy

Your beautiful tea cup candle is now ready to be displayed. Whether it’s for a cozy night in or a special dinner party, it will surely add a touch of elegance and charm to any setting.

tea cup candle with dried flowers on display

Tips for Success

  • Experiment with Colors: Use colored wax to create unique designs. Pastels are especially charming in tea cup candles.
  • Mix and Match: Don’t be afraid to mix different types of dried flowers. The more variety, the more interesting your candle will be.
  • Gift Idea: Tea cup candles make wonderful gifts. Wrap them in cellophane with a pretty ribbon for a delightful present.
overhead view of tea cup candle with dried flowers on top

Making your own tea cup candles using a candle kit is a fun and rewarding project that allows for plenty of creativity.

By incorporating dried flowers and pressed flowers, you can personalize each candle to suit your style.

overhead view of tea cup candle with dried flowers on top surrounded by lavender wreath

Whether you keep them for yourself or give them as gifts, these charming candles are sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face. So gather your supplies and get crafting!

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