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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.
Make homemade candles with baby food jars. Melt down old candles. Use metal washers for weights tied to toothpicks.
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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 h.arnott 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. I learned this when I took a class in candle making.
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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. So I will melt it down and use it for a candle.
Chuck R. from Kentwood, MI
I too make my own "emergency" candles from my leftover favorites. I was taught to glue the candle wick (save the wick holders from old candles) to the bottom of the jar with hot glue to keep it from moving. Works like a charm and of course, hot glue the top of the wick to a bamboo skewer and the skewer to the jar rim to keep it in place. (01/11/2006)
I've been doing this for years, too. I also buy old/used candles at yard sales, sometimes for as little as 5-10 cents to melt down. They are from past holidays (Christmas, Halloween, Valentine's Day, etc.). I finally broke down and got some candle molds for pillars and votives. I just got done making 6 pillars. (01/11/2006)
You can use "roach clips" attached to a stick to secure the wicks to the tops of the jar.
You can also use sinkers to weight the wick (keeping it centered) in the bottom of the jar.
As for emergency candles you can use toilet paper rolls, simply tape the bottoms of them. You should remove the roll once the wax is dry though, or you'll likely have a new emergency.