Often after burning those favorite candles, you are left with chunks of leftover wax that often gets thrown away. I have come up with a way to not only recycle the left over pieces, but to make one of a kind candles with thrift store cups, wine glasses, parfait glasses, canning jars, etc. I melt the candle wax and keep costs down from buying those pricey candle kits.
Total Time: up to 1hr.
Yield: 2 lbs. wax approx. 6 to 8 candles
I repeated the process to make gifts for school teachers, as wedding decor, decorative home decor, and "just because" gifts! The possibilities are endless.
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Aside from making children's crafts from scraps I also learned how to make a candle souvenir from leftover candles. Here's a sample of a simple souvenir I made from melted candles.
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How do I melt the candles that are too low to burn and add to another candle to make a new one?
Microwave the little wax that is leftover in a microwave safe dish in minute increments at about half power. Place a wick in a jars.
You can do this several ways. If you have a very old pan that you don't care about anymore, you can add all the candles to the pan and heat them up on the stove. You should do this at the lowest heat possible.
Second, you can take an old soup can or larger and put the old candles inside the can. Sit this on a small burner and heat it very slowly to melt the wax.
As long as you have a candle wick you can make any candle you want. If you have some old glasses that you don't use any longer, use a toothpick and tie the wick to the toothpick and place on top of the glass. Now pour your melted wax inside the jar and let it harden.
I am making candles from left over candle wax. Does anyone know an alternative way to get rich colour in them apart from buying candle dyes? Many thanks.
By helen from U.K
Koolaid usually works as a good dye too
Just pop a wax crayon into the candlewax when melting - you will be surprised at the rich colour that results! I put some essential oil into the wax too, so that I get a lovely smell when they burn.
I love to reuse my old candles by melting the leftover waxs together to make a new candle, but as the wax is cooling with a wick in the center, the wax climbs the walls of the candle jar, leaving a big pit in the middle. This does not happen when there's no wick. Any ideas why this happens, and how to prevent it? Thanks in advance!
Hold on to the wick with one hand while you slowly pour the melted wax with the other. Put in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.
I have made candles for years, and this is common. I always save back a small amount of wax. After the candle hardens, then I remelt the part I saved back and fill in the wick well.
One of our daily traditions and incredible comforts in this time is to light a candle for Dad every evening in front of a photo of him. At first, my mum and I were spending so much money on the mass amounts of candles. Soon enough, we realized it was best to turn the used candles into new ones. If you enjoy scented candles, follow the additional step to add your favourite aroma. My father's favourite aroma was Jasmine!
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My candle recipe uses wax from all types of old candles. I have 1 pillar candle from a store which was made improperly, so it goes out when the melted wax gets too deep.