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tea scented candles

Photo Credit: simply STACIE

Do you ever wish you could keep breathing in the blissful scent of your favorite aromatic tea, even after you're finished drinking it? We're here to tell you that you can! You can use your favorite delicious-smelling tea to make a candle that will infuse your whole home with its scent. Impress your winter guests with these unique and exotic aromas!


Makes 1 teacup candle


  • 4 teabags OR 4 tsp loose leaf tea
  • 1 mug or teacup
  • 1/4 cup coconut, vegetable, or olive oil
  • 1 cup wax
  • 1 candle wick
  • 1 disposable dish/pan to melt wax
  • 5 drops complimentary essential oil
  • hot glue gun OR super glue


In the disposable pan, heat the oil on your stovetop. Add in your favorite tea (if using teabags, cut them open and empty their contents into the pan) and steep for 15-20 minutes. Stir in the essential oil and wax until everything is melted and well combined.

Use a hot glue gun or super glue to attach the wick directly to the bottom center of the mug/teacup. Make sure the bond is strong and the glue will hold. Once the glue is dry, hold the wick upright and pour in the melted wax/oil mixture.

In order for the candle to dry with the wick upright, something must hold the wick up while the wax is setting. You can manually hold the wick up for two hours, but this could prove to be inconvenient. Another option is rest a large wooden pin across the top of the mug with the wick pinched through it. Or, you could balance a whisk across the top of the mug and use it to hold up the wick.

Once the candle is set (about 2 hours), trim the wick, light it up, and enjoy the aroma!

Recipe adapted from ELISABETH MCKNIGHT




1 comment

  • I love this idea, I’ll be running to the thrift store in the morning for some pretty tea cups…already have everything else.

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