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How to make a tea cup candle, step by step instructions…..from Vintage Tea Sets

I reveal how to make one of these.......

I promise you, as soon as you’ve made one of these beautiful soy tea cup candles you won’t ever buy one as they are just too easy to make (within 5 mins you’ll have it poured and cooling), your house will turn into a mini production unit guaranteed.  I’ve been making these for over a year and a half now and my house is full of them, I’ve sold them very successfully in craft fairs and online as they make such a fabulous presents (think Mothers Day, Birthdays and Christmas) and they also make wonderful additions to table centre pieces or dotted around a venue to add some ambience for a vintage tea party or mad hatter tea party .  I use soy wax because its eco-friendly, water soluble and burns at lower temperatures so as not to damage the vintage china.  You can purchase or hire these through my vintage china hire website vintage tea sets but they are so fun to make, give them a go!

You do need to buy a few things, not much.  I’ve put together a shopping list for you but for a sound investment of £20 you can have enough tea cup candles for plenty of presents and also fill your house/event with them.  They go a long way and burn for over 32 hours.  Websites are charging between £12-20 per tea cup candle, you can make many many more for that, you just need to go to some car boot sales and charity shops and buy some tea cups.

Here are my step by step instructions.

What you need

What you need:-  All the waxes, wicks and scent items are available from this website 4candles

Eco Soya Wax

Wedo Eco Wick

Metal tab for the wick

Scent (optional)

2 wooden skewers and some gaffa tape (I love gaffa!)


2 saucepans, one small and one large and flat (Make a bain-marie)

Vintage Tea Cup

Step 1 – First you measure the wax out.  The wax comes in flakes and I fill the volume of my vintage cup up with flakes one and a half times.

Measure the wax flakes

2 – Add to the small saucepan (don’t worry eco wax is water soluble and washes out with some washing up liquid).  Place the small pan in the larger pan filled halfway with water and over a medium to low heat gently melt the wax.

Melt the wax in a bain-marie

Add a scent if you like

3. Prepare your teacup.  Cut a length of wick and pull it through the metal tab (all for sale on the website I gave you earlier).  You can buy special metal pins to hold the wicks in place so it remains centered.  Being a resourceful so and so though I just used some wooden skewers and taped them closely together as seen below and that works just fine.  Now all you need do is pour the wax.

Now all you need do is pour the wax

4.  Now pour gently…….

And pour......

5.  Over half an hour the wax will harden, do not move your tea cup candle during this stage.

Slowly the wax will harden

6.  Finally, trim the wick and light!!!!

And light! How easy was that!!!!

I hope you enjoyed that little tutorial. More to come…….


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Stop the press……

one 20 lovely trios added to my collection this week

one of 65 lovely trios added to my collection this week, very similar styles

Well, its been an interesting week thats for sure!  Strap into your seat…..Last Thursday I had an article featured on me and my furious/obsessive china collecting in the local paper ‘The Bristol Evening Post‘ and have been rung since by all sorts of lovely ladies and gents which is all well and good, any excuse to talk about the collection without driving friend and family crazy! A few doors have flung open thanks to that local publicity and also I’ve been booked to give the Womens Institute a talk which I cannot wait for (next year) as they are legends, I’m going to ask if they can get some cake on!  I love dating the ceramics I have and getting the back history, Its not about them just looking pretty, I think I can talk for an hour about my sets (good gracious)….

I also made a life changing decision,   I resigned from my day job da da dahhhhhh!  A very bold step indeed,  I worked as a project manager for a mobile phone company for many years, it was a very difficult decision as I met some great people over the years and it was a secure job, it was a good job actually! but….I wanted to devote all my time to Vintage Tea Sets and couldn’t do it all.  With the support of my husband and Mum, they reckoned I should concentrate on what I love and am passionate about, so there.  Which means I can now take VTS where I want to, over the next few months you’ll notice some big changes happening to Vintage Tea Sets, exciting and market leading, watch this space as there’s going to be some announcements…and also keep your peepers open for ‘West Country Life Magazine’ this saturday as it happens!  there’s another article on my sets!  not to mention a leading bridal magazine are running a 3 pager but thats months away….

Anyway, here’s some pictures of some of the 65 beautiful trio sets I acquired earlier in the week, in total my collection has increased to well over 500 now!


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