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DIY Spice Candle in a Copper Mug

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Inspiration can strike at anytime. Whether it be from the colors in nature, a page out of a favorite magazine, a pretty display in the store or a walk down the aisles of a fabric store. When that moment hits…it’s like a smack on the forehead. Recently friends and I were invited to a Joanna Gaines event at a beautiful store. While there I sat down on a lovely nail-head trimmed sofa (yes, it was gorgeous) and I was struck by the fabulous fragrance of cinnamon spice. If you’ve known me for any amount of time then you know that I love spiced candles – cinnamon, cloves and vanilla are my favorite. Another thing that I love is copper. Imagine my surprise when I found the source of the fabulous spice fragrance in this beautiful wooden bowl. (This post contains affiliate links.)


They smelled AHmazing,  but they came with a hefty $38.00 price tag. For just a nano second I was considering paying the price to have this fabulous fragrance in my own home. Thank goodness I came to my senses and said to myself “You can figure out a way to do this yourself!”

A couple of days later I was out treasure hunting with a friend. We happened upon a fantastic antique shop filled with lots of vintage goodies. One large booth had lots and lots of copper items and luckily for me they were an additional 40% off! I purchased lots of copper items, including these fabulous mugs.

DIY Spice Candle in a Copper Mug

I’m not quite sure of what specific beverage they are used for and I am not even sure that they are truly vintage. But…the $16.80 price tag (after discount) for four mugs was too good of a deal to pass up.

DIY Spice Candle in a Copper Mug

The ceramic white insert cups were removable. Look for these to be used in my Christmas decor 🙂

DIY Spice Candle in a Copper Mug

These copper mugs are larger than than the inspiration cups. My copper mugs hold approximately 12 ounces of liquid.

DIY Spice Candle in a Copper Mug



To make four 12-ounce copper mug candles:

  1. 2 pounds of  Soy Candle wax flakes. Rough rule of thumb is double the amount of wax for the size of your container.
  2. Melt in a double broiler or old metal coffee can.
  3. Assemble wicks while the wax is melting.
  4. Add essential oils to melting wax. I used 10 ounces of fragrance. Rule of thumb is 10 drops of oil per 16 ounces of wax. I wanted a more potent fragrant candle.
  5. Add a dot of hot glue to the bottom of metal tip of wick and place in the bottom of mug.
  6. Wrap the wick around the skewer to keep it from falling into melted wax.
  7. Pour wax into mugs, be cautious and avoid getting burned.
  8. Let sit for 6 hours until wax is hardened.
  9. Trim wicks.

This is how I taped up the wicks…

DIY Spice Candle in a Copper Mug

I love how the soy wax hardens to this bright white color.

DIY Spice Candle in a Copper Mug

Not to brag…but I nailed it LOL. The candles smell so good that they don’t even need to be lit. Even Honey Bee commented about how great the house smells. It’s like autumn in a cup.

DIY Spice Candle in a Copper Mug


DIY Spice Candle in a Copper Mug

When lit, the fragrance of the cloves is fabulous. The perfect blend of spice when paired with the cinnamon.

DIY Spice Candle in a Copper Mug

So, as a reminder – the inspiration spice candle was $38.00. My candle cost $7.55! That means four candles cost $30.20 – still less than the original candle. And my candles are twice the size of the original. I am super excited and love how my candles turned out. I plan to keep one and give the rest as gifts.

Where do you find inspiration?

Until tomorrow…


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  1. These are so pretty and I bet they smell amazing too! Can’t wait to try this! Hugs, CoCo

  2. Lovely, and what a great savings.

  3. I totally would have paid the money as I’m such a sucker for candles. Thanks so much for this inspiration!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Wow! nice tutorial… I applied these steps and I am done… Thanks for sharing with us…

  5. David Campbell says:

    Thanks for sharing this amazing post.

    Have a good day.

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