DIY How to make soya teacup candles

I mentioned in last weeks Little Loves that I made some soya teacup candles. They are incredibly simple to make and very inexpensive once you have bought a set of fragrance oils. I’ve had a go at candle making before, but I used old wax that I’d collected – the process is identical. I keep a jar in my craft box to put old wax in, as it always seems a shame to waste it. Candle making isn’t messy and is very quick too.

I think they make such a lovely gift, and one that can be made very personal. Around Christmas I found a vintage tin I knew my sister would love and made it into a candle. Or, if you know a loved one is partial to a certain scent you can really go for it.handmade candle tutorial soyaI was kindly sent the things I needed to make soya candles by Sykes Cottages so I could test our their tutorial. It worked a treat.

What you need:

  • Soya wax flakes or old wax (easily available on Amazon and ebay).
  • Tabbed votive wicks (around £2.50 for 50).
  • Fragrant or essential oils. I was sent a starter set of fragrant oils, there are so many scents to choose from.
  • A jar, tin or teacup to house your finished candle.
  • A pan
  • A wooden spoon
  • An empty, clean tin can (optional). I like to use one so it doesn’t ruin my pan.
  • A funnel (optional). Depending where the melted wax is going.

If you are using old wax you need to roughly guess how much you need volume wise, and if you are using flakes fill the jar or teacup with flakes and then double it.

how to make soya candles

1. Start my placing your wax or flakes in a pan and gently melt over a low heat until fully dissolved. If you are using a tin can – put the wax in the tin can, fill the pan with one third water and place the tin can in the pan.

2. Once the wax is fully dissolved add your scent(s) – 40 drops.

3. Very carefully pour the wax into your jar or teacup.

4. Allow the wax to cool slightly (until a thin opaque layer has formed on the top) and then push the wick to the bottom of the jar and let it stand by itself.

5. Allow to cool overnight and then trim the wick to 1cm once completely set.

teacup candle tutorial

7. Light it and enjoy the gorgeous scent, or give it away as a thoughtful gift!

IMG_2389 candle arrangement

You must let me know if you have a go.

E xx



  1. Not A Frumpy Mum
    12th July 2015 / 1:13 pm

    What a great idea, I’ve bought a few tea cup candles and they can be quite pricey so I am very tempted to make my own. xx

  2. 29th July 2015 / 11:46 am

    I love making teacup candles! I tend to use all glass see through ones because when the candle burns below the rim of the cup the whole thing still glows! Great post!

  3. 2nd January 2016 / 9:12 pm

    These are fabulous! X

    • Esther
      5th January 2016 / 11:01 pm

      Thanks Nat! So easy! xx

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