DIY Mini Mug Candle

It is that awesome time of the month again when we get together to share our projects for the Monthly Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge! Since Mother’s Day is in a few weeks, I thought I’d help you out with a DIY gift idea. Surprise the mom in your life even if that mom is you! (No judgement here, momma.) This DIY mini mug candle is fast, easy, and frugal. Before we get the tutorial, I want to point out that I used recycled candle wax that I had collected over the years. My wax was already scented and colored so I didn’t have to add any of that. That is why you will see in the Materials that scented oil is optional.

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Surprise the mom in your life even if that mom is you! This DIY mini mug candle is fast, easy, and frugal making it a perfect gift idea.

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Materials

  • Mini Thrift Store Coffee Mug
  • Wax
  • Wooden Wick
  • Old Soup Can
  • Pot
  • Water

 

Surprise the mom in your life even if that mom is you! This DIY mini mug candle is fast, easy, and frugal making it a perfect gift idea.

Step 1

First cut your wooden wick in half.

 

Surprise the mom in your life even if that mom is you! This DIY mini mug candle is fast, easy, and frugal making it a perfect gift idea.

Step 2

Next, put the metal clip on the bottom then set your wick off to the side.

Step 3

Put your wax in a cleaned soup can with the label removed.

 

Surprise the mom in your life even if that mom is you! This DIY mini mug candle is fast, easy, and frugal making it a perfect gift idea.

Step 4

Place your can of wax in a small pot of water.

Note:

2-3 inches of water is plenty.

 

Surprise the mom in your life even if that mom is you! This DIY mini mug candle is fast, easy, and frugal making it a perfect gift idea.

Step 5

Bring the pot of water to a boil over medium heat until the wax has melted.

Note:

If adding your own scent to the wax, do so at this point once your wax is melted.

 

Surprise the mom in your life even if that mom is you! This DIY mini mug candle is fast, easy, and frugal making it a perfect gift idea.

Step 6

After the wax has melted, pour a small amount into the mug.

**CAUTION** The can will be hot so be sure to use pot holder to pour the wax.

 

Surprise the mom in your life even if that mom is you! This DIY mini mug candle is fast, easy, and frugal making it a perfect gift idea.

Step 7

Next press your wick, clip-side down, into the wax in the bottom of the mug.

Step 8

Allow the wax to set.

 

Surprise the mom in your life even if that mom is you! This DIY mini mug candle is fast, easy, and frugal making it a perfect gift idea.

Step 9

Fill the rest of your mug with wax.

Step 10

Allow the wax to set completely. I let mine site overnight.

 

Surprise the mom in your life even if that mom is you! This DIY mini mug candle is fast, easy, and frugal making it a perfect gift idea.

Step 11

Lastly, trim your wick so that it is only ¼ to ½ inch above your wax.

 

Surprise the mom in your life even if that mom is you! This DIY mini mug candle is fast, easy, and frugal making it a perfect gift idea.

Surprise the mom in your life even if that mom is you! This DIY mini mug candle is fast, easy, and frugal making it a perfect gift idea.

Surprise the mom in your life even if that mom is you! This DIY mini mug candle is fast, easy, and frugal making it a perfect gift idea.

It doesn’t get much easier than this DIY mini mug candle. In fact, I can’t wait to get more mini mugs to make even more of them. Mini stuff is simply the cutest. Some of us *cough, cough* fall head over heels for it every time! Now, let’s get on to the other awesome projects from my friends!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.

  • I’ve yet to try making my own candle, but it looks like so much fun! And I agree, mini things are super cute.

  • Oh this is adorable! My best friend loves candles and this would be a perfect DIY gift for her.

    Thanks so much for the inspiration!

    {BIG hugs}
    ~Ashley

    • Marie

      Thanks so much, Ashley! I hope your friend loves it! Have a fantastic week 🙂

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  • Charlotte Burkholder

    Thanks for joining us at Family JOY Blog linkup. I’ve wanted to try making my own candles. I’ve looked at kits at Hobby Lobby and Amazon.

    • They are very easy to make. I’ve never tried one of the kits but I bet they make it an even easier project!

  • Lora Green

    So cool to use a wood wick. I always love the way they burn.

    • Me too! The first time I saw a candle with one I thought it was the coolest thing ever. Lol

  • Sandra Garth

    I love candles with wooden wicks and I ‘d like to have lots of these little candles.

    • Me too! I’m keeping an eye out for more little mugs to make a bunch more (since these ones are gifts).

  • That is a great idea for a gift! It looks adorable

  • Kimberly Tritz

    My husband saves the candle wax sometimes to make a new candle when the wicks burn out quick. I LOVE the wood wicked candles, but I never thought to get any! He will have a new project! 🙂

    • Yay! I’m so glad it’s not just me saving candle wax. Lol

  • what an awesome idea!! I’ve seen so many mugs at the thrift store and haven’t had an idea how to use them. This would be perfect to do with kids!

    • Yes, absolutely! Plus mini stuff is always super cute. Lol!

  • Debra Pashkowsky

    What a sweet idea. Everyone who receives this as a gift is sure to be thrilled.

    • Thank you so much, Debra!

  • Aliza Hale Biorn

    What a fun idea! The mug you picked looks so perfect as a candle holder. Your suggestion to melt the wax in a clean can was wonderful, I would have bought a small pan that I would never use for cooking.

    • Yes, the can makes it much easier to clean up and/or store the wax if wanted. 🙂

  • Michelle James

    I love this idea. It is perfect for mother’s day too. I have never made candles before. Thank you for this tutorial.

    • Thanks, Michelle!

  • Polka Dot Poplars

    Fun! Love this idea!

  • What a great idea! I love the use of the mug for your candle. I’ve made candles in mason jars too! 🙂

    • Thanks, Chelsea! I drink way too much coffee for it to be a practical drinking mug for me, lol. I love mason jar candles. Some incredibly creative candles can be made with them!

  • Kathleen

    What great idea for a gift! Those wood wick candles are really popular right now. Love it! xo Kathleen | Our Hopeful Home

    • Thanks, Kathleen! Wood wick candles are the best! The crackle from the wood is just so comforting. 🙂

  • kimmatreinvented

    So sweet! I love this idea, what a great way to use up leftover wax and create a perfect gift.

    • Thank you! I just can’t stand throwing out the leftovers from old candles. It seems so wasteful. (I may have a problem, lol.)

  • DazzleWhileFrazzled

    Cute idea! I’ve never tried to make my own candles but you make it look pretty easy and quick. Visiting from Thrift Store Challenge.

    • It is super easy! The longest part of making them is waiting for the wax to set. Everything else goes pretty quickly.

  • 2 Bees in a Pod

    Marie – we love this creative candle. Also, we have not seen these wicks before – definitely putting them on our supplies list! Never though of saving candle wax – you are so smart…thanks so much for sharing!

    • Thank you! Wood wicks are awesome because they totally pop and crackle like a fire while they’re burning. You will love them!