Have Old Teacups That you Never Use? Upcycle them!

Posted by Ariel Davis on

Perhaps they once belonged to a loved one, or you acquired them at a different phase in life and no longer want or need them. Well, we may have just the thing to inspire you to take your pretty pieces of porcelain out of storage and into the light!

In partnership with our friends Glow to Grow, a Brooklyn-based, eco-conscious candle company, you can upcycle your teacups, coffee mugs, and even gravy boats and sugar bowls into delightful, eco-friendly scented candles to enjoy in any room of your home.

A heartwarming (and heart-melting) gift!

Stock up on thoughtful, sentimental, and functional gifts you can enjoy and feel good about giving year-round.

How it works: 

  1. Book an upcycle consultation to discuss any questions you have and select your scent preferences. Choices include year round favorites like peppermint eucalyptus and lavender driftwood with a handful of seasonal bestsellers like fraser fir and toasted pumpkin. Minimum of 3 teacups or vintage vessels per order. 
  2. We'll send you an invoice with packing and shipping instructions along with our mailing address following checkout.
  3. Pack & ship your teacups, mugs, gravy boats, etc. to our Brooklyn studio. 
  4. We ship your upcycled china candles back to you, ready to make memories and enjoy!

    Don’t have vintage teacups to spare?

    Check out our collection of scented teacup candles on our website.
    two-wick teacup candle made from franciscan desert rose teacup and saucer.  Candle sits on tablecloth with flower and ribbon, just unwrapped as a gift.



    About The Brooklyn Teacup x Glow to Grow Collaboration:

    When Glow to Grow founders Jon and Patricia reached out about a collaboration, we were immediately excited about the opportunity to work with another local business dedicated to repurposing vintage dinnerware. We were drawn to their passion for sustainability and creativity in extending the life of their vessels.
    We especially loved that they weren’t afraid to think outside the teacup😉. When we asked if Jon, who hand-pours all of Glow to Grow’s unique candles, if he would turn a gravy boat into a candle, he hardly batted an eye.
    Just a couple weeks after handing over the gravy boat, we had it returned to us as a gravy boat candle, clearly labeled with information about the scent, estimated burn time and care instructions.  In case you’re curious, the average burn time for a candle in a gravy boat is ~72 hours (and it requires two wicks!)     


     More about our scented candles:

    • Made from 100% clean-burning, all-natural soy wax.

    • Free of additives, dyes, phthalates, or oil-based petroleum products.

    • Eco-friendly FSC Certified 100% naturalhand-crafted wooden wicks

    In case these candles didn't sound Brooklyn enough, all of them ship with dust covers made from wildflower seed paper.😊Once empty and cleaned out, teacups can be repurposed (again!) as planters to grow flowers, succulents, or other small plants.

    Visit our FAQ page for more details about upcycling your vintage teacups into scented teacup candles. Or, book a consultation to discuss and get started transforming your old china today. 

    Book a consultation

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