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Using Leftover Candle Wax, Melted Candles

Melted wax from the very end of candles can be repurposed in many ways. Find ways to use your leftover candle wax or share your own ideas here. This is a guide about using leftover candle wax.


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Tip: Wax Car Freshener

I love scented candles, and now I use the wax that is left to freshen my car. I always have a big chunk of wax left when the wick has burned through. Put the wax in a baggie or on a paper plate and pound or cut into chunks. Fill a clean sock (you probably have some you can't find a match to) and put the chunks of scented wax in the sock. Tie a knot in the sock to hold the wax in place, and put this under your car seat. Now you have a pleasantly scented car and it didn't cost you anything!

By Dorothy

Tip: Use Leftover Candle Wax for Firestarters

Use Leftover Candle Wax for Firestarters

I save our empty toilet and paper towel tubes, stuff them with waste paper and junk mail or even pine cones. Then I melt my small, leftover candle pieces in a old candle warmer, or in a tin can that is placed in a pot of water on the stove just until it melts. I pour the melted candle over the tubes. Make sure you either do this over a garbage can or stack of papers so you don't spill candle wax anywhere! That's a whole other tip! ;)

I use these little firestarters when we go camping to start our fires or even to start our woodburning stove up from a cold start! Makes starting fires a little easier. Kids can help stuff them all year round and dream about summer camping!


By Donna [238]

Tip: Cheap Candle Warmers

I love the way candle fragrance makes our home so inviting. I considered purchasing the new electric wax warmers I'd heard friends talking about, until I saw the price. I refused to spend $20 to melt wax!

Over the years either from thrift stores or yard sales, I've accumulated several electric coffee mug warmers for a dollar or less. I also had several almost empty candles. My solution, I simply plug in the mug warmer, and place the remains of the candle on it. When the candle no longer has any scent, I pour the wax out and add a new scented wax cube I've purchased. 6 pack of cubes are $2 or less, and each lasts a day or two. I love the way our home smells now and love how much less I spent to get it smelling this good.

    By Darlene Ward B. [2]

    Tip: Recycled Candles From Wax Melter

    I have a wax warmer plate that I love. When the melts lose their scent, I pour them in a glass candle jar that is almost empty. I save cotton string, such as that found on dog food bags. I dip the string in the wax warmer with the melted wax and then set it aside in a jar. When dry, I put the wick over a pencil or piece of incense and hang it over an empty jar. This is where all the wax from the warmer gets poured when it doesn't smell as strong anymore. I also put extra chunks of wax in the warmer and melt that. I'm wondering if I could recycle old birthday candles by using the whole little candle as a wick.

    Recycled Candles From Wax Melter Recycled Candles From Wax Melter

      By Robyn [366]

      Tip: Uses For Leftover Candle Wax

      When candles burn down but there is plenty of wax on the sides and the candle smells to good to throw away just scrape the wax off the sides of the glass and put the wax in a tart warmer. The wax smells better than it did when it was a candle.

      By Janette from Parkersburg, WV

      Tip: Ideas for Used Birthday Candles

      Here are some ideas for used birthday candles.

      • These tiny candles work wonders for sticky locks and zippers. For sticky locks, simply rub the candle on the key then insert in the lock several times. For sticky zippers, open the zipper then rub the birthday candle on both sides of the zipper.
      • You can also rub the candles on sticky door jams.
      • Kids can use tiny candles for "invisible ink". Have your child write or draw a message on a piece of white computer paper, then hold the paper over the sink and pour your left over coffee or a cup of water with food coloring over it. The message will magically appear because the wax will resist the coloring.
      • These candles can be lifesavers in an emergency: for light, you can stand them up on a glass plate or in a small cup of salt.
      • They also make wonderful campfire starters when camping. Store them in an old vitamin bottle.

      By Cyinda from near Seattle

      Tip: Reusing Extra Candle Wax

      When you have a candle that burns unevenly and wax is left in the jar or in a pillar, you can place the wax in the microwave and melt the wax. If the candle is a pillar, place it in a jar so when the wax melts, you can place the wick into the jar. It is inexpensive to buy a roll of wick at Michael's or WalMart. Cut the wick to the appropriate level of the melted candle and place in the middle of the wax. You have a new candle and your only cost is a few cents for a wick.

      By Kathy E. from Elizabethton

      Tip: Making a New Candle With a Birthday Candle

      If you love to burn scented expensive candles, but aren't fond of wasting what's left when the wick is gone, you can "recycle" the candle wax to make a new candle utilizing a used child's birthday cake candle as your new wick.

      Put the leftover wax into a clean small metal coffee can inside a small pan of boiling water. The wax will melt quickly and you MUST use caution when handling because you can get burned. With the help of grip tongs or a good pot holder, pour a small puddle of the melted wax into a clean candle holder and wait a minute or two for the wax to harden to the point where you can insert the used birthday candle.

      When firm enough to hold the candle straight, pour the remaining wax in and let sit several hours to fully harden. I have even "layered' the remnants of several other candles with the same scent in this manner and eventually I get another candle to burn with my favorite scent.

      By Ronsan

      Leftover Scentsy Wax Candles

      I have 3 Scentsy warmers that I use all the time, but I hated to just throw away the old wax, once the scent was gone. I started finding jars (and cardboard containers even) that I liked for their shapes. Instead of throwing the wax away, I pour it into them, gradually building up a multi-colored candle.

      After I get enough wax at the bottom to hold a cheapy pillar candle from the grocery store, I put it in place and pour in the wax. Beeswax candles work, too. Since I use vanilla, pomegranate, and Christmas tree scents, the candles have turned out a nice multi-color.

      There's no scent, of course, but I suppose somebody could add scent if she wanted to.

        By J-Kat [7]

        Tip: Make Tealight Candles From Leftover Candle Wax

        When you have gotten the most out of your favorite smelling candle and there is too much left to throw away, purchase tea light molds and tea light wicks. Melt the remaining wax and pour into the tea light molds. There is no waste of the original candle and you get to still enjoy the fragrance. Save back a little melted wax to add to the tea light as they will sink a little in the center as they cool. This is a normal occurrence.

        By Janette from Parkersburg, WV

        Tip: Extending Fragrance Of A Candle

        I had a Febreeze Candle that was getting towards the bottom. I decided to add some hot water which helped the fragrance last a little longer.

        By Darla from Grand Prairie, TX

        Recycling Old Candles

        Melt old candles in jar on warmer.Do you have a favorite candle that the wick has burned completely down? Recycle it the easy way. It will involve a minimal expense, but it is well worth the investment.


        • old candle
        • variety of jars
        • candle or mug warmer


        The wick in my favorite candle was completely burned down. The candle was a huge 5 inch one and the best smelling candle I had ever had. It was really expensive and was given to me as a gift. I couldn't bear to part with it so it set on the back of a shelf. I had seen how to reset the wick and remake the candle and had planned to do that someday, but never got around to it.

        Then one day in the local discount store I saw a candle warmer. It is just a mini hot plate or coffee mug warmer. It cost less than $5. So I bought it. I came home and broke off pieces of that favorite candle, put them in a canning jar, and set it on the warmer. Presto! Problem solved. The wax melted, giving off that wonderful aroma. I had my favorite candle back with almost no effort. There is no smoke from an extinguished candle and it seems to last much longer.

        I discovered that smaller jars like jelly jars or pimento jars work best. If you use a pint sized jar and fill it completely it takes a long time for the wax to melt completely. Another advantage to the candle warmer is the removal of the danger involved with a flame. You can use the warmer with those expensive candles from the specialty store and have them last longer, too.

        By Kim D

        Tip: Reclaiming Scented Candles

        I had many glass candle jars that have burned down to the bottom that could not be re-lit but still had quite a bit of wax at the bottom. What I did was purchase a candle warmer. It looks like my plug in coffee cup warmer I keep on my desk. I bought mine at Michael's for $5.00.

        What this does is melt the candle in the glass and it omits the aroma of what ever candle you are burning. You no longer have to worry about a flame because you don't light the wick. But you do have to be careful not to spill the hot wax which is now liquified.

        What I did with my glass candle jars was melt the remaining wax and pour it into another jar with a new wick secured to the middle. I made different layers of different aromas and colors so none of the wax went to waste. The warmer is mainly for scented candles.

        By Firefly 1985

        Recycled Taper Candles

        This recycled wax candle making project takes about 3 hours.

        Approximate Time:


        • scrap candle wax
        • wax mold
        • candle wicks
        • clay or Spackle
        • paper clips


        A friend gave me a candle mold and I thought it would be a nice decoration UNTIL I looked around and found my stash of wax from the jar candles that I saved before recycling the jars. You know the stuff that wasn't enough to burn, but was bound to have some use some day.

        1. Clean and lightly oil the tubes.
        2. Insert the candle wick. Using one of these methods:
          Spackle or clay the wick in place
          place paper clip in the other end of the wick to hold in place and center the wick in the tube
        3. Spackle for wicks. Wicks secured with paperclips.

        4. Melt the scrap wax in a jar in a candle warmer or in a jar in a pan of water. **Caution on the stove this must be done as low as possible.**
        5. CAREFULLY pour melted wax into tubes. After a few minutes check to be sure you don't have to add additional wax, if the tubes are not sealed well enough.
        6. Patience. Wait two or three hours and remove Spackle or clay and gently pull wick and candle will pop out. If it doesn't pop in freezer for an hour.
        7. Candles still in mold.

        8. Trim wick on the bottom of candle.
        9. To level place on warm griddle and it will level.

        Enjoy, but be careful wax is hot and must be respected.

        Additional note: If you have melted candle wax, but not enough to fill another tube, check out the candle air freshener I sent in a few weeks ago recycled candle wax air freshener. As you can see in the picture for the current project, I made up a few chocolate scented angels. Tapers and chocolate scented angels.

        By Tedebear from San Jose, CA

        Tip: Reusing Scented Candle Leftovers

        Don't throw away that burnt out scented candle. If you don't have a candle warmer, buy one. Place your spent candles on the warmer and as they melt, combine them to create a whole candle. You save money and you get an array of scents as you burn/melt it over and over again!

        Do you have a lot of left-over scented candles? Buy some small mason (jam) jars and recreate them using the same method.

        By Steve from Culpepper, VA

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        Here are questions related to Using Leftover Candle Wax.

        Question: Uses for Candle Wax

        Tips for using leftover wax from candles. Post your ideas.


        Most Recent Answer

        By Pam (Guest Post)03/01/2009

        Thank you thriftymickie. I would have probably done the same if it wasn't for your post. I was just getting ideas for my leftover wax and was going to put the wax into a pot directly on the stove. Now I know not to! Thanks

        Question: Uses for Left-over Candle Wax

        I never can use all the candle wax at the bottom of a candle jar. What can I do with the 2 inches of candle wax left when the wick burns up?

        By Shirley


        Most Recent Answer

        By deirdrehenry [12]07/30/2012

        I save the candle wax for my daughters open fire in the winter time. It helps to ignite the kindling.

        Question: Using Leftover Candle Wax

        I love scented candles, however there is much more candle left. Can anyone suggest to me what I can do with the rest of the wax? I am tired of throwing away my money.

        By 1bigmama from SC

        Most Recent Answer

        By Elizabeth Kent [9]08/19/2011

        Save up a couple of candle scraps, then put them in a glass measuring cup and put that in a container with water and put in microwave until it softens. Remove wick & metal holder (if you couldn't get it out prior to microwaving). Then melt wax and pour into a votive (or larger) container with wick (from craft store) and one of the holders you removed. Make sure wick is straight & holder stays on bottom. Let harden and use.

        Question: Using Leftover Wax from Scented Candles

        Any suggestions for using left over scented candles once the wick is gone and can no long be burnt? Thanks.

        By nunley10 from Huntington, WV

        Most Recent Answer

        By thewickisgoneDOTcom08/01/2011

        Wicks are so out dated, they are unsafe too. A great article on why they are unsafe and also a safer alternative. ... dles-and-candle-warmers-3189619.html

        Question: Using Leftover Candle Wax

        I always have candle wax left in the bottom of my candle jars that does not get used. It is such a waste to toss the wax. I do save the jars. What can I do to use it? I've tried buying wicks, but it doesn't really work well.

        By Shirley from Shepherdsville, KY

        Most Recent Answer

        By Dorin [4]05/05/2011

        You can use leftover wax and dryer lint to make fire starters. Pour it in a cardboard egg carton and cut up. You can light the cardboard or add a sliver of paper or wood to light.

        Question: Reusing Old Wax to Make Candles

        How do I re-use old wax to make new candles?

        By chunnyfightwick

        Most Recent Answer

        By Cecile 'Sasha' Colwell K.12/07/2013

        Cut the burned wicks off of your old candles. Cut or break the candles into smaller pieces if necessary. Melt in a double boiler over water heated to boiling, then turned down to simmer. Or you can use a coffee can immersed in a pot of simmering water, adding enough wax so the can sits firmly on the bottom of the pan. Be careful not to overheat the wax as it can catch fire.

        As the wax melts, use tongs to remove the leftover wicks. Use new wicks you have purchased from the craft store and follow the instructions included with the wicks. Larger (in diameter) candles will require a thicker wick, so check to make sure the wicks you buy will work with the molds you plan to use.

        Hint: Cover your drainboards with aluminum foil or several layers of newspaper before pouring the hot wax into the molds. As the wax in the molds cools, a sink hole will form around the wick, and you will need to add more hot wax. PLEASE BE VERY CAREFUL when working with hot wax. Keep children away from the area until candles are completely cool.

        Question: Refilling Glad Candle Holder

        I want to melt that wax down and put it back in the Glade candle holder. I have about 20 Glade candle holders that are about 1/2 way filled with wax, but cannot be used because the wick is burnt down.

        By Jeanne

        Most Recent Answer

        By Priscilla [1]09/29/2014

        I have taken and cut/dug out all the old wax and I have an old crock pot and put it in that and heat it on low until all melted and then add a new wick to holder and carefully pour, using and old cup dip and pour back into the holder to let set. Wick needs to be kept straight and as not to float or roll over. Hope this is helpful.

        Question: Using Leftover Candle Wax

        When you put the droplets of the wax into the cold water doesn't it melt? Please answer me as soon as possible.

        By gubjjjgg from ggghj

        Question: Reusing the Wax Left by Oil Candles

        What can I do with the wax that's left from these oil candles? Thanks.

        By Donita H. from MO


        Thrifty Fun has been around so long that many of our pages have been reset several times. Archives are older versions of the page and the feedback that was provided then.

        Archive: Using Leftover Wax from Scented Candles

        After burning large candles, you usually have a lot of wax left (sometimes scented). I melt the leftovers to make newer, smaller candles and just use birthday candles as the wicks. You can also melt crayons with the wax for some interesting effects.

        By Yvonne from OK

        RE: Using Leftover Wax from Scented Candles

        I just put the wax in the microwave to melt. You can also just put the old candle in and melt it that way. (10/07/2006)

        By Yvonne from OK

        RE: Using Leftover Wax from Scented Candles

        I never thought of using birthday candles for wicks. I have always bought the rolls of wick and tied it to a pencil over top of the container I am making the candle in. I thought they would melt quickly with the hot wax poured in. (10/08/2006)

        By Susan from Hamilton

        Archive: Using Leftover Candle Wax

        I love candles. My favorite are Yankee jar candles. I do have other regular candles and I hate to get rid of the wax when the wick are burned out to the bottom in the regular candles. There doesn't seem to be anything else I can do with it. Any ideas?
        Jennie from CT

        RE: Using Leftover Candle Wax

        Make new candles out of the wax. Break up the leftover wax and place in the top of a double boiler. Tie a wick around a pencil and place in a mold or container of your choice. Pour the melted wax into mold and let cool. (03/01/2005)

        By Chase

        RE: Using Leftover Candle Wax

        The way that we make new candles from old ones is to put all the leftover wax from several candles into one jar and put it on one of those candle warmers. It melts the wax, then we put a taper candle in the middle of the wax. Use string to hold the taper in place as the wax hardens. Then you just light the taper and it will burn the wax around it as well. We had to play with it a little to get it to do just right, but eventually it worked. (07/18/2007)

        By jcoandwsf

        RE: Using Leftover Candle Wax

        I usually keep any leftover scented chunks and use them in a tart warmer. Also, I put them in little snack size zipper baggies and poke a few pinholes in the bag to let out the scent. These can be stashed in the dresser or linen closet and the coat closet as well. (09/07/2007)

        By Trisch

        RE: Using Leftover Candle Wax

        I melt all my leftover candle bits in a jar on my candle warmer. I then take cardboard egg cartons and fill the empty spaces with dryer lint. When the wax is liquid I pour it over the lint. The egg carton can then be broken into pieces and used to start bonfires. These fire starters smell great as they burn and seem to keep the fire going better if the wood is a bit damp. (10/06/2008)

        By loved1

        RE: Using Leftover Candle Wax

        I love candles, and it seemed like such a waste to throw candles out once their wick was spent. I decided to try to use the old wax to make new candles and was surprised at how easy it was.

        I bought jars for my finished candle and jars to melt wax in (you can use one for both if you don't care to do anything fancy), and wicks (available at any craft store). I cut up the wax using a knife and put the pieces into the jar and put them into a pot of boiling water, just high enough to melt the wax (don't submerge it). The wax melts fairly quickly. I centered my wick and wrapped the top around a chopstick, positioning the chopstick to lay across the rim of the jar, in order to hold it in place. I stuck it in the freezer and let it cool. Now I have three new lovely candles. (12/01/2008)

        By SophistiCat

        RE: Using Leftover Candle Wax

        If you have a fireplace, you can make great fire starters by dipping pine cones in melted wax. Smells good, works great. (01/13/2009)

        By Shirley F.

        RE: Using Leftover Candle Wax

        You can make your own wicks the colonial way by soaking heavy cotton yarn for 12 hours in a solution of 1T salt + 2 T boric acid in a cup of water. (A mixture of turpentine, lime water, and vinegar will also serve.) After the yarn is dry, braid three strands together to form the wick. Careful, too large a wick will cause a smoky candle; too small a wick and the flame will be doused in melted wax. If you do buy them, these are their uses:
        • flat braided wick 15 ply = 1" - 2 1/2" candle diameter
        • square braided wick 24 ply = 3" - 4"
        • 30 ply = more than 4"

        Source: Back to Basics by Reader's Digest (02/13/2009)

        By Angel H

        Archive: Reusing Every Bit Of Jar Candles

        I buy scented candles in large and small jars but noticed that once they are almost used but simply won't stay lit any longer, I felt it was wasteful to throw away. Now I wait until the end of the candle and while the wax is still melted and pourable, I put it in my electric liquid potpourri unit and turn it on. The leftover candle will scent your home for days! I like to get every last drop for my money! I clean and save the fancy jars with tops to make bath salts in. Just wrap the outside with a creative ribbon and beaded charm and add a scrapbooking tag and you have a lovely gift for a last minute event.

        By Pattie

        RE: Reusing Every Bit Of Jar Candles

        I've done this myself and it really puts out a great smell. Any scent will do, and I think it smells stronger than the candles themselves!(b)(/b) (06/05/2008)

        By Cindy from NC

        RE: Reusing Every Bit Of Jar Candles

        I bought one of those candle warmers at Walmart for 5.00 and have given several as gifts. No pouring of hot wax and makes the candles last forever as the wax is melted from the bottom, not actually burned off. Like you I got tired of still having candle and no wick, plus I was always sooo worried I would forget to blow the candle out before leaving. (06/05/2008)

        By Lynn

        RE: Reusing Every Bit Of Jar Candles

        I like this idea, and I also am one that hates to waste/throw out anything. I will remember this. Thanks for sharing. (06/07/2008)

        By jmz2005

        RE: Reusing Every Bit Of Jar Candles

        When my candle jars are empty, I take them to a local candle maker who refills them for me or I just give her the jars for resale. You may find a candle maker that might appreciate this too! (06/11/2008)

        By Paizley

        Archive: Using Leftover Candle Wax

        I have got a lot of left over candle bits from used candles and have tried melting the wax in the microwave, but it's not melting.