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Pillar candles can be expensive for holiday arrangements or weddings. I discovered a cheaper way to make one. Dollar Tree has battery operated candles that are 3 inches in diameter by approximately 4 inches tall for $1.00 each. Buy two candles and stack them turning the bottom one upside down and the top one wick end up. Attach a piece of coordinating ribbon where the two candles meet taping or gluing the connection and making sure you do not attach too tight as you will need to lift the top candle out in order to turn on the switch under it. You can reverse the candles when the battery is used up in the top one. Add greenery or other decorations as desired. This is safe and reasonably priced!
Thrift Shops can be a good source for candles! I am burning up my stock over the holidays and snagged some decorative ones in my thrift shop wanderings, good ones, too.
The tapers may be slightly damaged, used or, in my case, a bit melted out of shape at the top - but those are problems easily fixed with trimming. And I got 6 brand new good red hand dipped candles for about $2. The better candles do burn better. (Tea lights can be a good deal at the 99 cent store and elsewhere - look out for them.)
By Pamela M.
Birthday cake candles don't usually burn long enough to melt the candle, especially kids cakes. I reused them by cutting the black part of the wick off (just to look newer), cleaning the cake off the candle and storing them. There you go!
By Vicki from Dallas, TX
I love to burn candles every evening but they have been getting so expensive I needed to find a way to make them burn longer. I bought one of those 3 wick candles, that they have at the Dollar Store. I would only light one of the wicks instead of all 3. Each night I would light the wick next to the previously burned one and so on, to keep the candle burning evenly.
Believe it or not, I managed to burn that one candle for almost 3 weeks nightly and one wick burning smelled as good as if all 3 were lit.
By Gypsy Gina from Oklahoma City
I buy Chanukah candles at a reduced price after the holiday and use them year-round for birthday candles. They look so much cooler than regular candles - especially if you can find the multi-colored ones.
By Britt from Boston, MA
Editor's Note: Chanukah starts on December 21, 2008
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I love candles and I am always getting candles for gifts. Sometimes the candles come in very nice looking glass designer jars. When you cannot burn anymore of the candle simple put the jar in the freezer and let freeze in a few hours and your candle should just pop out. Then you can reuse the jar or container for new candles. I make my own so I never have to buy any jars or containers to put new candle wax in. I just reuse the ones I get as gifts.
P.S. If you put your candle in the freezer before burning it will last longer too.
Soy candles burn almost twice as long as parafin wax candles. Also, they don't have the carcinogens as regular candles, and helps out the farmers to boot! I only use the soy because you get more burn time for your buck, and the rest is just "gravy"! :)
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If you have a large diameter (more than 2 inches) candle that you really want to keep but want to light too, use a 1 1/2" spade bit and drill out the top 1/2 inch till a night-light (tea light) candle fits in it. You can replace those much cheaper, and you keep your best big candle and in near-perfect condition!
With the little tea lights that come in little metal containers, they'll last longer if you first remove the candle from its dish and press the bottom of the dish down so it's concave. The metal they're made of is very thin so this is easy to do. Without losing the little wick (voice of experience!), replace the candle in the dish. Now all the wax will run to the wick in the middle when it burns right down and give you extra burning time without waste.
I love candles but they are so expensive and they seem to burn too quickly . Here is a tip I found that keep the candles burning longer. I put all the candles I buy in the freezer and they last a lot longer when I burn them.
By Renee Bowman
Put a taper candle that you have cut to the heighth of your candle holder, in the center of holder. Put chipped wax that is leftover from candles you have burned. Enjoy!
You can make your candles burn slower and last longer on your dinner table if you put them in the freezer the day before you intend to use them.
Like many other women, I love candles! They can be expensive, but I still pay a little more for mine. I have found that in the long run, it's more economical because the cheap ones do not burn as long, they smoke more, and they do not burn evenly.
I strongly urge you to forget buying any candle that is NOT a soy wax candle. They produce particulates and release toxins into the air you breathe. Soy wax candles not only are clean burning, but brighter burning PLUS support AMERICAN FARMERS! The soy comes right from the good old USA!
Soy wax doesn't tunnel...it burns completely, and acts as somewhat of an oil lamp with liquid wax on top...gorgeous in a clear container.
Using soy wax candles reduces our reliance on global oil conglomerates. I want to support OUR farmers, not some corporate entity in the middle east!
I make soy wax candles...and I USE them daily. My husband has environmental illnesses...they are the only candle we can use around him that doens't make him sick!
Seek out soy wax candles. The unscented ones are great for those with allergies!
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.
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You must make sure you burn the candles a minimum amount of time. One hour for every inch in diameter is good.
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I too like saving money on candles so I don't BURN mine. Rather, I use my glass jars ones on a candle warmer and I get the benefit of the fragrance without the smoke. I have had a candle warmer going 24-7 except when we were out of town on a trip and I have yet to use up a whole candle! I just swap with another one when I want a different fragrance.
You can get the candle warmers at Wal-Mart, Michaels, etc. Inexpensive and you save lots on candles!
Candles will last a lot longer if placed in the freezer for a minimum of three hours prior to burning.
By Bobbie Gillette
WOW...I NEVER KNEW THERE COULD BE SO MANY WAYS TO SAVE ON CANDLES...AND BOY, DO I LOVE CANDLES...THANKS TO ALL FOR THE GREAT TIPS
After I have burned my favorite candles down to nearly nothing I use the leftover wax in a metal dish on the vent of my cooking stove. Everytime I use my oven I have the wonderful scent of my favorite candle.
I love scented candles, but some name brands are very expensive. Has anyone used less expensive candles with good results? Also, I love your site, and I would like to thank everyone who replied to my previous requests on other topics! The information I received has been very helpful. If there are any candle lovers out there, I would welcome their replies.
P.J. from Delaware
I have bought very inexpensive candles that smelled as nice and burned just as well as the expensive type from Wal-Mart and the Dollar General Store. They have larger candles for less than $5.
Yes I have bought candles at the different dollar stores and they are really nice...Today I bought some at Dollars and Deals for $1.50 and they are about 5 inches tall..Also Family dollar has some too...I am burning a Rose one and it smells so gooooood......
I too love scented candles. So I have started to make my own. I save the wax when burned down, and reheat several leftover pieces over low heat in a saucepan, and pour back into the original glass. I always get a nice scent. Forgot you can buy the wicks at craft stores very reasonable. Just wrap around a pencil, and let the wick hang down into the glass. I have not purchased candles in some time.
Just be careful when buying cheap candles. I have a cousin who bought one in a glass jar, it was "made in china" and when it got hot it exploded and caught her drapes on fire. Please be wary of certain "cheap" candles - it can cost more in the long run.
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Some candles I have made; purple with dewberry scent, purple striped; musk scented, blue/beige seaside with shells ocean breeze scented, and shell glued together, filled with wax, wick added and again scented with ocean breeze scent.
I hope to sell them at local craft fairs (UK). I used candle wax, scents, shells, and candle moulds.