Candle In A Coffee Mug

Today I will show you how to make DIY Coffee Cup Candles. These homemade candles are easy to make and can be done in almost any kitchen. Step-by-step instructions and pictures are provided for an easy DIY experience.

Two lit Coffee Cup Candles sitting on a marble kitchen counter top with, "DIY Coffee Cup Candles" displayed above the candles.

If you are looking for an easy starter DIY project, Coffee Cup Candles are for you. 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 not done many DIY projects, so I’m starting off easy with Coffee Cup Candles as well.

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!

DIY Coffee Cup Candle supplies on a kitchen counter top. Pink text descriptors are over each corresponding supply item.

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Directions for making a Coffee Cup Candle:

Step by step photos are included as you follow the directions.

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.

Pot of melting soy candle wax on stove.

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.

Coffee Cups with wicks held in place by small sticks across the tops of the cups. There is no wax in the cups yet.

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!

Coffee Cups with melted soy wax just poured into them.

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.

Coffee Cup Candles lit on a marble kitchen counter.

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.

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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)
    • Food Scale
    • Thermometer
    • Microwave safe bowl
    • Rubber spatula
    • Craft sticks
    • Hot glue gun
    • Heating Pot

For a more in-depth tutorial for making candles at home, see this post on a DIY Tea Tin Candle!

An overhead shot of a candle made in a tea tin sitting on a cutting board against a white background.

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