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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.
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If I buy a holiday candle and save for 11 months, will it keep it's holiday smell for next year? How do I store it?
Very difficult to give an answer as it depends upon the candle's origin, specific ingredients, chemicals used in making the candle and scent, packaging, etc. Also, your quality in storing the candle for months is also a factor.
Seems to me if you want to be sure of the quality of candle and scent lasting, it would be better to wait til the next holiday span to buy a new candle. The money saved in buying a candle now, with no assurance of quality after storage of 11-12 months, is most probably not much.
I have taken mine and wrapped in foil and "Froze " them. They held up for a couple of years and then I had to light them lol
I have stored candles for years in dresser drawers, unwrapped, and they still had a pleasant scent. I don't know if it was as strong as when they were new, and I doubt it, but I didn't worry about it. I stored them in with linens or with my undies for a pleasant scent. If you are concerned, be sure to wrap in plastic before you put it in storage. Plastic is better than foil, and I do not think you need bother with freezing it. I wouldn't.
I had purchased several Bath & Body tea light candles when they were 75% and stored them in a drawer for almost a year. They smelled just as great as the day that I bought them. I have done the same with Yankee Candles that I have purchased on clearance and had the same outcome too!
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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
Try using a candle warmer instead of burning them. The warmer makes the candle last for a very long time. I have had the same candle warming for over 6 months. Granted I don't turn it on every day but it has been on quite frequently and is still going strong.
Try <i>thrift stores</i> - especially around the holidays - for scented candles. Some folks just aren't candle people and are always getting rid of these unwanted gifts, and most thrift stores sell them for <i>cheap-cheap-cheap!</i>
I used to test them out before buying them by <i>lighting</i> them right there in the store, but that was before I accidentally burned down the Goodwill and they banned me for eight weeks. Well, it wasn't so much that I was banned, but the store wasn't open while they rebuilt.
No, I'm joking, of course.
Seriously, though, especially up to the holidays and after them, you're going to find a lot of candles - and some really nice ones - in your local thrift stores!
Try the candles at www.cedarcreekcandles.net. They are very affordable and their fragrance are awesome. Check out their site.
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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.