How to Repurpose Used Tea Bags into Homemade Candles
Tea bags can be repurposed into lovely homemade candles with just a few simple steps. This easy DIY project allows you to reuse spent tea bags and transform them into fragrant, decorative candles. Let’s dive into everything you need to know about repurposing tea bags into candles.
Gather Your Materials
- Used tea bags – The more fragrant the tea, the better. Black tea and herbal teas like chamomile work very well.
- Wax – Soy wax, paraffin wax, or beeswax will all work. Make sure to get wax pellets or blocks.
- Wick – Use candle or tealight wicks.
- Candle making supplies – This includes a double boiler, thermometer, candle making dyes, fragrance oils, and containers like jars or tins.
Prepare the Tea Bags
- Open up each tea bag and empty out any loose tea leaves. Make sure to get rid of any particles.
- Cut off the string and tag from each bag using scissors. Discard the string and tags.
- Lay out the emptied tea bags flat on a baking sheet or plate. Let them fully dry for 1-2 days.
Melt the Wax
- Add wax to the top pot of a double boiler. The wax should fill the pot about halfway.
- Heat the water in the bottom pot until the wax is completely melted. This usually takes 15-20 minutes.
- Once melted, remove the wax from the heat.
Add the Tea Bags
Carefully drop the dried tea bags into the melted wax one at a time.
Let them soak for 10-15 minutes so they absorb the wax fully.
Use a spoon to gently push them down into the wax to submerge them.
Color and Scent the Candles
Add a few drops of candle dye to the wax if desired. Stir to blend the color.
You can also add some fragrance oil for extra aroma. Start with 1/2 teaspoon per pound of wax.
Stir everything together until well combined.
Pour into Containers
Carefully pour the wax into your candle containers, leaving a little room at the top for the wick.
Center a wick in each container before the wax hardens.
Allow the candles to fully set and harden for 24-48 hours before use.
Tips and Tricks
Herbal and floral teas make great subtle scents for candles.
Try using teabags from your favorite black tea for bolder aroma.
For even more fragrance, add a few drops of essential oils. Lavender, eucalyptus, lemon, and peppermint work very well.
Mix and match tea bags to create custom scent blends.
Reuse jars or tins from food like jam or desserts as candle vessels.
Cut your wicks to about 1/4 inch to prevent smoking. Trim again each time you burn the candle.
Repurposing used tea bags into homemade candles is an easy, thrifty DIY project. With just a few supplies and these simple steps, you can make beautiful and fragrant candles from items you’d normally throw away. Experiment with different tea blends and essential oils to create custom scented candles to enjoy.