If you’re anything like me, you LOVE having candles around the house. They make it cozy and inviting, as well as smell nice.
Well, the only downside to having so many candles, is they never seem to burn fully to the bottom, so you’re left with a layer of wax, but not much wick to burn it.
Well, there is a solution to being able to use that wax and create new candles all with things you already have. Except maybe the wicks and clips.
(Where to find these products will be linked at the bottom of the post)
Thing’s you’ll need:
Old candles (either in jars or like the ones photographed above)
Empty jars to pour candles into
Candle Wicks or Cotton Twine and Wick Tabs
Old Tin Can
Small pot with water
Pencils (to hold wicks upright)
Optional: Plain Wax
* If you need to prepare your jars removing old wax, boil the kettle and pour boiling water into the old jars. This will melt the remaining wax and it will then float to the top and solidify for easy removal.*
1. Break up the wax you’re using and place chunks into tin can. Place in small pot of water and warm on medium heat as it melts.
While the wax is melting, place wicks into jars and tie or bend wicks over the pencils to keep them upright.
2. Once the wax melts – approx 5-10 minutes – carefully remove tin from water with tongs and a towel (canning tongs work really well)
Slowly pour a small amount of wax into the bottom of each jar just enough to set the wicks to the bottom of the jars. The wax will start to harden pretty quickly, as you can see in the photo below.
3. Repeat the process of melting the wax, and then you can fill the small jars in one go and medium to large in two to three pours.
4. Let them cool for an hour or so and then you will need to top them off with a little more wax, as they tend to sink slightly in the centre, causing them to burn unevenly.
I tried to burn one from an old batch that sunk. and the candle only burnt on one half of the wax!
5. Place candles around your house or give them away to friends as gifts! Happy Candle Making! 🙂
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