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!
I also use the cardboard egg cartons but I put some sawdust into the compartments before adding the wax (hubby does woodwork so we always have an ample supply! Could used shredded paper too but I worry about the inks if used indoors - I am sensitive to odors and some burning papers smell bad to me.) After the wax has cooled, I score the cartons so they tear easily by hand. One or two 'eggs' worth gets a good blaze started.
For melting the wax, I like to use a big, tall can (like V8 comes in) so there is no chance of getting water into the wax. I also preform a pouring spout with pliers so it goes just where I want it to go.
I hate to waste and I love to burn scented jar candles. The candles say to only burn the wick down to a certain point, then dispose of the candle. Since these candles are not cheap, I don't want to throw away that much wax.
Here are some ideas for used birthday candles.
By Cyinda from near Seattle
A couple more ideas: Melt a little candle wax in a shallow dish and suspend three or four used birthday candles in it until it cools. In a pinch, this gives you light when there's a power outage. It's also a romantic touch to a dinner table. And secondly, I have used them, propped up in the cold ashes of our wood stove, to ignite newspaper and kindling to get the fire started quickly. I've also used almost spent candles this way. Handy little things, aren't they?
Tips for using leftover wax from candles. Post your ideas.
Ever wonder what to do with those candles that the wick has burned down to nothing and you're left with a big chunk of wax? Recycle them! I take a cup warmer and put a small glass container on it. I cut the wax up into little pieces and over time the wax will melt. I keep adding wax pieces until the container is full. Then I let it cool a bit and add a new candle wick.. You can get a package of 12 wicks for like $2 at a craft store. Once the wax has hardened, you have a new candle! I've also placed glass containers in the oven to melt the wax -- like after I've baked something. It works well, too.
By Meari from Illinois
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.
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
Instead of using a candle warmer, I set my candle that no longer has a wick, on the back of my stove. When I bake, or cook meals, the heat from the oven warms the candle and gives off the aroma and is very pleasant and soothing.
Laura in NH
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!
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.
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?
I use them for two things - if the candle is beeswax, I use it to make homemade furniture wax. If it is the petroleum kind, I pour it over my saved dryer lint to make fire starters. I just pull out a handful of the lint with the candle wax in it and throw it into the wood burner and stack kindling over it.
I had a bunch of good candles where the wicks had refused to stay lit, so it was time to make some recycled candles. A local restaurant gave me one of their large cans (those really big ones we sometimes see in groceries). After cleaning and flattening the top, just enough to make a "spout", this became my "candle catch-all". I tossed in my candles, wicks and all, including the leftovers from the little tea candles. Those emptied tea candle holders became the "anchors" for my new candles. To make the anchors, poke a small hole (careful, it's only aluminum foil and punctures easily), in the tealight "cup", pull some wick through the hole, far enough for your purposes, then flatten the little holder all around the wick. I did purchase wick at a local hobby store; be sure to read the details about how each size should be used, mine cost $2.49 for 18 feet.
Cut the wick to the length you need. My new candle holders are glass jars from jam, mustard, etc., cleaned and labels removed (WD-40 is great for removing glue residue). They must be sturdy enough to hold melted wax - no fragile glass here. I heat the candle "stew" enough to liquefy the wax, though it is not necessary to heat to an extremely high degree. After positioning my anchor, I pour the melted wax into the jar (have newspaper all around to catch any little drips). Looping the extra wick over a pencil, centered over the jar, will stabilize the wick until the candle is set.
Candle center will tend to need to be filled in as candle cools. I made some last evening, and they are burning well this morning.
By vbart from Columbus, IN
I love this! I saw a small shot glass sized candle when I was at the bank today..it had paint on it in the form of a flower and there was a little wick in it and everything. I am going to buy some slightly larger shot glasses at the dollar general and fill them with wax at our antique store downtown who will fill containers with wax for a certain price, and I am considering making these for presents too for Christmas time. I always wondered how much candle wicks were, I never see them in the craft isle at Wal-mart.
Thank you for posting this and inspiring me!
Use candle wax scraps to make an air freshener.
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
When my candles are all down and the wick is gone, then I put all the different scents into a crock pot and slowly melt them all together and either make more candles using containers, milk cartons with chunk ice or as a nice gift for friends that have fire places wrap string around a pine cones then dip it and before its dry sprinkle glitter. Then put in a basket with a pretty bow.
When candles burn down but there is plenty of wax on the sides and the candle smells too 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.