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Make a Candle




These dainty teacup candles offer a way to reuse old candles. We've used this technique with seashells, sake cups, and more.

Candle How-To
In a small pan set over a large pan of simmering water, heat partially burned candles until melted. (Clip a candy or candle thermometer to the small pan; keep temperature around 185 degrees.) Remove old wicks with tongs.

Cut a piece of wicking to 2 inches more than a teacup's height. Clamp one end to a wick sustainer; tie the other end around a wooden skewer. Dip wicking and sustainer into melted wax to coat. Remove, and press sustainer to cup's bottom. Pour wax into teacup, stopping 1/2 inch below cup's rim. Let stand until set, about 1 hour. To even well in center, use another skewer to prick a circle of holes about 1/16 inch deep around wick. Pour in melted wax until surface is 1/4 inch below the rim.

Martha Stewart Living, May 2006



Reviews (4)

  • Portia 9 Mar, 2014

    Am I the only one who has discovered that Bag Clips work so much better for holding the wick in place while the wax sets?

  • jawasano 14 Aug, 2010

    This totally worked for me and was a good way to use up leftover candles. I didn't have a candy thermometer, so I just guessed on the temp, but everything turned out just fine.

  • SoyCandleLady2 13 Aug, 2010

    Teacup candles will make some really nice gifts for special occasions like anniversaries or weddings. Nicely written out directions.

  • iloveapaintquarter 29 Nov, 2007

    One Good thing to remember, THE WICK, should be the appropiate thickness for the diameter of the tea cup or mold. I have found that the wicks that are commonly sold in local craft stores do not work well---the wicks don't last, they drown in a pool of wax and go out.