I had seen tea cup candles such as these around Pinterest a few times. When I spotted some awesome vintage holiday mugs during one of my many trips to the local thrift store, an idea immediately popped into my head. I knew that I could give them a second life and turn them into candles quite easily. I don’t know about you, but I always feel a little like I’m rescuing poor, forgotten relics of holidays past when I take them home and give them new life.
Thrifted Christmas Coffee Mug Candle
- holiday mugs (or any kind of mugs, for that matter)
- microwaveable soy wax, 1 pound (affiliate link)
- pre-waxed wire wick w/clip (affiliate link)
- hot glue/gun
- candle fragrance
- pencil (for keeping the wick vertical during cooling time)
- cooking thermometer
- microwave safe container
Once the wax had fully melted and then cooled to the appropriate temperature (about 125˚F), I added a full bottle of the fragrance. According to the directions on the bottle, I could have added up to 1 1/2 oz. of fragrance for 1 pound of wax. The next time that I make candles I will make sure to at least add this much because when I burn the candles the smell isn’t as strong as I would like. Take note of how that super full measuring cup of wax flakes suddenly isn’t so full anymore.
Next, pour your wax into your mugs. I overestimated how far a pound of soy wax would really go once it was melted. I was only able to make 2 mug candles out of it. If you want to make more, you’ll obviously have to buy more wax. Let the wax cool for about an hour.
Once the wax has cooled entirely (you’ll be able to tell by the color), trim the wick down to about 1/4″ inch.
Bean wanted to help me take photos of the mugs. She’s such a good helper 😉 And by helper, I mean she likes to step in front of the camera as I’m trying to snap pictures.
And there you have it, you have now given new life to a forgotten vintage treasure. Given the fact that this technique was so incredibly easy, I want to return to the thrift store and hunt for more fun things to turn into candles!
What other fun objects do you think would make good candles?