Hey there! Lindsey here. I’m excited to be writing my first DIY post for Sweet Cayenne! Today I will show you how to make DIY Coffee Cup Candles. Let me start this by saying that I’m one of those people who would rather buy something than make it myself. I frequent Pier One more than Michaels. I’ve never been a fan of arts and crafts or DIY projects. Mostly because I don’t have the patience or attention span to learn! But now that I’m contributing to this blog I’ve had more motivation to try my hand at some projects, and I’m starting off easy with some coffee mug candles.
I’m a lover of coffee and therefore a collector of coffee mugs. I also have a slight obsession with candles; so to me, this was a perfect first-time DIY project. And let’s be honest, we can pretty much all agree that mugs and candles make great gifts, so why not combine them? If you’re looking to give a cute gift or you’re like me and just want an easy DIY project, then definitely give this one a try! If you are short on time though, take a look at some of my favorite candles from Anthropologie – You are sure to find something there you’ll love!
Watch this quick video to see how to make candles at home:
Things you will need:
– A cute mug (you may see a theme here – Yes, Anthropologie is a fave).
– Candle wax flakes, or an old candle you already have (you can melt it down or shave it yourself). You will need enough flakes to fill your mug up TWICE.
– Pencils or chopsticks (or in my case, soap stirrers; really just a wooden utensil to keep your wick in place)
– Pot or saucepan
– Glass bowl or smaller pot
– Fragrance oil (if you want a scented candle)
– Scotch tape
1. Fill the pot halfway with water and bring to boil. Place the glass bowl or smaller pot full of wax flakes in the pot of boiling water and wait for the wax to completely melt. I had a lot of flakes, so it took mine about thirty minutes on medium to medium-high heat.
2. While your flakes are melting, get your mug ready! Place the candle wick in the center of the mug and keep it standing and centered using whatever wooden utensils (i.e. pencils, chopsticks) you have on hand. This is when the scotch tape comes in handy. You can tape the sticks together or to the mug to help it stay in place.
3. Once the wax flakes are completely melted, remove the smaller pot/bowl from the water and stir fragrance into the melted wax. I used about half a bottle of lavender fragrance oil. It smelled strong but once your candle is finished the scent will be much lighter.
4. Immediately pour the wax into your mug, being careful to keep the wick centered. Don’t move your mug around once you have poured the wax!
5. Wait! If you chose to melt or shave down an already-made candle, it will not take as long to set. If you used wax flakes, wait about 24 hours before moving the candle to be safe.
6. Trim your wick and light away, my friend.
Stay tuned for future simple DIY projects from this non-DIYer. And to all my friends, I hope you like coffee mug candles because they may just be what’s wrapped up for you next Christmas or birthday.
Items you will need for this project include:
- Candle Wax
- Candle Wicks
- Coffee Cups
- Fragrance Oils
- (my favorite oils are from Candle Science; other scents I’ve had success with are Mistletoe, Cranberry Marmalade, Very Vanilla, and Cinnamon Buns)
- Microwave safe bowl (I need to buy these liquid measuring cups because of the pour spout!)
- Rubber spatula
- Craft sticks
- Hot glue gun
- Heating Pot
Easy and Fun! What could be better? If you like what you saw, you can sign up for my weekly email list here. Also, you can check out a few of my other posts. These might be of interest to you: back pocket chocolate fudge cake, peach bbq kabobs, frugal February, signature nail system manicure.