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

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August 17, 20110 found this helpful
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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.

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August 17, 20110 found this helpful
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I use an electric candle warmer adding the candle that has lost it's wick until the candle wax melts, then I add a new wick and when it hardens the wick will be ready to light. They are available at Michael's and Hobby Lobby.

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August 17, 20110 found this helpful

I received a large warmer that uses a light bulb to warm the wax that you get from the same company. It usually costs too much for me, so I have started using my candle stubs, and the leftovers in the bottom of glass jars that are too low to burn.


It works just as well as the wax made for the warmer.

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August 19, 20110 found this helpful

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.

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October 5, 2005

Candleberry, Old Yankee and Home and Hearth candles never seem to lose their good scent, no matter how old or low they have been burnt. Don't throw them away - RECYCLE into new!


What you will need is: old strong scented candle scraps which you have cut up into chunks, a box of Gulf Wax (clear parafin), wicks with an attached end to hold in place, hot glue and mugs, jars, or small candle holders to fill.

Using an old skillet and a large can as a double boiler, (use a heatproof container inside to hold the wax), fill the skillet with water and put a small amount of wax in a large vegetable can (the bigger the better).

Do not let your water in the skillet boil dry or leave this unattended. Can be a real potential fire hazard.

While wax and candle is melting prepare your jars or mugs for filling. Heat in a barely warm oven to prevent cracking when hot wax is poured in. When war, hot glue the wick in the center of the jar or mug bottom. Also have ready a popsicle stick or tongue depressor with a small hole in the center (This will be set in top of the mug to stabilize your wick while drying).


When wax is melted, fill your mug or jar. Leaving the wick long, pull it through the hole in the depressor stick and lay it on top across the mug. Make sure the wick is still centered before it begins the drying process.

Drying will take a while. Make sure it is sitting in a level and safe spot to dry. When completely dry a hole will sink in the middle of the candle, and in order to level it you must add more melted wax, fill the hole, plus a little extra to level the top. On occasion this process must be done a third time to fill the middle and level the top.

Tarts can also be made using tiny tart molds made of metal. These are quick to make and can be placed in the freezer for 5-10 minutes and these will pop out when inverted.

These make nice inexpensive gifts, using your recycled strong scented candles. Often you can find old candles and mugs cheap at yard sales and thrift stores.


Old Candles Made New

By Sharon Shearer

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June 4, 20111 found this helpful

Does anyone know what to do with a candle that has the wick burnt out, but lots of wax left over? I would like to do something with them, as it seems such a waste to just throw all that sweet smelling wax out. Thanks for any advice anyone has. I would also like to know how to make a candle wick.



June 5, 20110 found this helpful

You can buy a candle warmer at your local hobby store. Just put the jar on the warmer and it will melt the wax. If they are scented candles, which I'm sure they are, you will still get that benefit without having to buy another candle.
Hope this helps.

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June 8, 20110 found this helpful

I will take the wax and put it in an old crock pot to melt down and either make new candles using pint jars with wick or tie string around a pinecone and dip in melted wax to use as fire starters or in the fire place to show the lovely colors it produces.

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June 8, 20110 found this helpful

You can buy wicks at the craft shops, also books with lots of pretty designs for homemade candles. The crockpot idea is fine, but be sure not to use it for food again, and I think I would only use it on low setting, once the wax is melted. The candle warmers are great too, if all you are wanting is the scent. Once the wax is melted you can pour it in another jar, or the same one it came in, or you can buy molds to pour the wax into. Makeing candles is so much fun, and can be addictive.


The first one I ever made, was bits of red, white, and green taper candles, left over from the previous Christmas, and I melted each colour seperately, and poured them into an empty, clean, milk carton, one colour at a time. I waited till each colour cooled and set, before pouring in the next colour, and then tore the carton off my new striped/square Christmas candle. It was so much fun. Don't ever leave your heating wax unattended while working with it though, because it could catch fire if the wax gets too hot.

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June 8, 20110 found this helpful

I reuse candles by melting the wax and pouring over the dryer lint I save. These make great fire starters. if you want to do a little fancier ones, pour the melted candle wax over pine cones. Plus, I use the melted wax on my furniture. I rub in a thin coat and it leaves a really nice finish.

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June 10, 20110 found this helpful

Or like recycled crayons, you could make sum sun-catchers, when they warm up they will likely add sum fragrance to the room.
http://www.cray  ncatchers-craft/
http://www.ehow  -suncatcher.html
With or without Crayons you could use your candle wax to create very different and beautiful Sun Catchers or mobiles for anywhere in your home, a variety of sizes and shapes are endless and as mentioned from others fire starters great for that time of the year but these are great for this time of year and kid friendly. Great gifts too!

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February 10, 20120 found this helpful

Purchase the tea light molds and the wicks especially made for making tea light candles (in the candle making dept.) I melt the wax that has been removed and pour into the tea light molds. Save back some of the wax to add to the tea lights after they have cooled because they will shrink a little in the center. There is no waste of your favorite smelling candles and you get to enjoy them over again.

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