Thoughtful Gift Ideas: Teacup Candles Made from Vintage China

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Teacup Candles Made from Vintage Fine China

A teacup candle and saucer set with a pretty pink bow on it.

Searching for a special and heartfelt gift that's a perfect blend of elegance, nostalgia, and the artistry of small businesses? Welcome to the enchanting world of eco-friendly, soy wax candles hand-poured candles into vintage teacups and porcelain vessels. If you're looking for a curated selection of gift ideas that are sure to stand out from the rest, you're in the right spot!

Choosing the ideal vessel for your thoughtful teacup candle gift:

When selecting a vintage teacup for your candle gift, consider a few key points to ensure a delightful and enjoyable candle-burning experience.

Vintage blue and white mug and teacup candles with protective dust covers made from wildflower seed paper.
Vintage blue and white mug and teacup candles with protective dust covers
made from wildflower seed paper

Select a fragrance you know they’ll appreciate:
Candles have the remarkable power to transport you to different places and evoke emotions through scent. When selecting a candle as a gift, it's essential to consider the recipient's preferences to add that thoughtful and personal touch. We recommend choosing scents that evoke nostalgia, remind them of shared memories, or create a soothing environment.

Consider the ease of cleaning the vintage vessel:

Teacup candles can be repurposed and reused once the candle has finished burning, making them gifts that keep on giving. Whether your loved ones want to repurpose the vessel for drinking tea, planting herbs, or storing pencils on their desk, selecting a vintage teacup that is easy to clean will save time and effort down the road.

A classic blue and white hand-poured teapot candle

Consider how long the teacup candle will last:
When giving a teacup candle as a gift, it's important to consider the "burn time," which refers to the estimated duration the candle will last before it is fully consumed. Teacup candles typically have an average burn time of around 20 to 30 hours. However, the exact burn time can vary depending on factors such as the size of the teacup, the amount and type of wax used, and the specific fragrance incorporated. By selecting a teacup candle with a longer burn time, you're offering the recipient an extended period of enjoyment.

For your reference: the average teacup contains approximately 6 oz of wax (or liquid). Each ounce of wax used in our teacups yields 6 hours of burn time or an average of 36 hours of burn time per candle.

Consider alternative vintage candle vessels (in addition to teacups):
There’s no need to limit yourself to vintage teacups when selecting a unique candle gift for loved ones. For an even more unique present for your favorite candle lover, consider creating candles from other vintage vessels. Coffee mugs, sugar bowls, demitasse cups, cream soup bowls, gravy boats, tureens, and more. Even some teapots can make impressive and highly memorable gifts. 

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Teacup candle featuring the iconic Desert Rose pattern by Franciscan. This candle has two wicks and its wide design allows for effortless candle and wick maintenance.
Teacup candle featuring the iconic Desert Rose pattern by Franciscan. This candle has two wicks and its wide design allows for effortless candle and wick maintenance.

Think about the accessibility of the wick(s):

Some vessels may have narrow openings or are much more narrow and deep than they are wide. These tight spaces make it challenging to reach the wick once the candle begins to burn down. Choose a vessel with a wider opening or a design that allows for easy wick maintenance (i.e. easy use of a wick trimmer). All of the vintage candles sold by The Brooklyn Teacup are chosen for easy maintenance. 😉 

Gifting Suggestions for your Teacup Candles

Make it sentimental:

If you own a fine china set that holds sentimental value but rarely gets used, trying giving it new life by turning it into a candle. If you’re a DIY kind of person, making candles using your family's own teacups can be a meaningful and wallet friendly gift for friends and loved ones. There are lots of resources available to walk you through the step-by-step process for making teacup candles (including making your own candle fragrances!)

If handling hot wax and investing in a time-consuming crafts project isn’t your cup of tea, we're happy to help:

Let The Brooklyn Teacup transform your vintage china into teacup candles:

At The Brooklyn Teacup, we specialize in transforming vintage china into practical modern heirlooms, including teacup candles.  It's our goal to take pre-loved porcelain out of storage and transform it into practical and stylish decor that families and loved ones can appreciate in their everyday lives. Thanks to our partnership with Brooklyn-based candle makers, Glow to Grow, we're thrilled to be able to do just that.

Floral demitasse cups with winged handles by Baum Bros. upcycled into teacup candles.
Floral demitasse cups with winged handles by Baum Bros. upcycled into teacup candles.
Curate a trio of similarly-themed candles to create a more substantial gift!

Pick a theme and curate a set of coordinating candles to match:
Curate a collection of teacup candles based on a theme or style you know they’ll like. For example, you might pick a few with a similar theme or pattern, ones inspired by a favorite era, manufacturer, or design period, like these darling demitasse cups from Baum Bros. 🙂🦋🎁 

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 Demitasse/mini teacup candle gift paired with a decorative holiday dish towel.

Demitasse/mini teacup candle gift paired with a decorative holiday dish towel

 Pair the teacup candle with something related: 

To take your gift to the next level, consider combining the charm of the teacup candle with another item that resonates with your loved ones' interests and preferences:

  • Create a tea lover's dream gift by handpicking a variety of high-quality teas that complement the scents and ambiance of the candle.
  • For those who enjoy cozy nights in, why not pair the teacup candle with a fuzzy blanket or a pair of warm, comfortable socks? This combination encourages your loved one to unwind and embrace sensory comfort as they enjoy the scent.
  • Gifting for someone who likes to be pampered? Consider pairing the teacup candle with a gift certificate for a massage or pedicure.
  • For the host or hostess, a tiered serving tray upcycled from vintage china can be a luxurious supplement to their teacup candle, inviting them to entertain in style.

By combining the teacup candle with a complementary item, you create a thoughtfully curated gift set that not only encourages relaxation and indulgence but also suggests ways for your loved one to experience your gift that they may not have considered. 


Teacup candles, upcycled from vintage china, make a creative and versatile gift that embody elegance and nostalgia. When created from a family heirloom, such as a beloved teacup set and/or paired with a thoughtfully chosen scent, these candles become exceptional gifts that can be cherished for years to come.

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