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Easy Upcycled Coffee Candles

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You can make this DIY Coffee Candle about as upcycled as you want by using spent coffee grounds, the leftover odds and ends of wax from used candles, and an old mug no one uses because it’s chipped or simply does not hold enough coffee. If you’re going full eco-Macgyver with your Coffee Candles, then you’ll also want to check out these handy tips on how to remove that half-inch of wax from the bottom of your old candle jars. 

Makes 1 candle

Easy DIY upcycled coffee candles


  • 1 coffee mug 
  • 1 natural candle wick
  • Spoon or popsicle stick  
  • Recycled candle wax (from old candles) or new soy wax flakes (You’ll need enough wax to fill your mug to 1 ½ amount)
  • Superglue
  • 2 tbsp used Imperfect Foods ground coffee, dried 


  1. Clean and dry your coffee mug. Use super glue to glue one end of the wick to the bottom of the mug and let dry. 
  2. Rest a spoon or a popsicle stick on the top of the mug. Tie the other end of the wick to the spoon or stick so the wick stands up straight.
  3. Place wax in a glass measuring cup and set in a saucepan. Fill the saucepan with water until the waterline reaches halfway up the measuring cup. Heat the water at medium-high heat and melt down the wax.
  4. Carefully remove the measuring cup from the saucepan and pour a thin layer of wax into your mug. Sprinkle a light layer of coffee grounds around the edge of the mug and add the rest of the wax to the mug. Add the remaining coffee grounds, making sure to not get too close to the wick as they will burn when lit. 
  5. Let dry, about 1 hour. 
  6. Untie wick from spoon or popsicle stick and trim the end of the wick so it’s only ⅛ – ¼ inch long above the wax.

Notes and Variations

  • Save this DIY Upcycled Coffee Candle tutorial so you can make a big batch to gift to friends and family over the holidays.
  • Drink a lot of coffee? Check out our 7 Ways to Use Your Coffee Grounds.


  • McMaster
    December 2, 2021 at 9:20 am

    Where do I order this?

    • Imperfect
      December 2, 2021 at 12:01 pm

      You can order coffee through us by heading over to our website to get started and all signed up with us! 💚


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