Maria Provenzano is turning ordinary tea cups into fun candles.


  • Vintage tea cups or mugs
  • Candle wax flakes
  • Candle wicks
  • Popsicle sticks, or something similar like chopsticks, pencils, etc.
  • Saucepan
  • Wax melting tin a glass container that can pour liquid, like a Pyrex
  • Tape
  • Fragrance oil scents
  • Coloring; optional, you can add dye that is specific for candle making or colored wax


  1. Clean teacups before use, and make sure they are completely dry.
  2. Measure out the amount of candle wax flakes you’ll need; for each teacup you’ll need twice the amount of wax flakes to fill it; and place it in the melting tin.
  3. Set up the candle wicks in your teacups, you’ll want them to lay flat against the bottom; use your popsicle sticks (or something similar, like pencils) to hold them up and tape the ends of the popsicle sticks so they stay together; another option is to hot glue the bottom of the wick to the bottom of the cup.
  4. Fill a small sauce pan halfway full of water; large enough to add in the pitcher, but not too large that the pitcher would fall over.
  5. Place the wax melting tin into the water.
  6. Turn the heat to medium and allow the heat of the water to heat the tin; this will heat the wax slowly.
  7. Once the wax has completely melted, remove it from the sauce pan and allow the wax to cool slightly before adding in the scents.
  8. Add in any scent or coloring that you like.
  9. Mix well.
  10. Carefully pour the wax into your teacups and fill until they are about a half inch from the top.
  11. Let the wax set for a few hours at room temperature.
  12. Once set, trim the wicks.


  • Chopped up pieces of crayons can also be used to color the wax.
  • Use a bit of hot glue on the bottom of the wick to secure it into the bottom of the cup.
  • Work with caution since candle making is a science. If you are worried about how much oil to add, then err on the side of caution and add less. A general rule of thumb is 1 oz. of scent per 1 pound of wax. Generally speaking the maximum amount of fragrance oil recommended is listed in the Details section of each type of wax.
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