Hello! I'm Claire from Claireabellemakes and today I'm going to share with you a tutorial for recycling your old candles.
How annoying is it when you get towards the end of your candle and the wick disappears?! I never ever throw old wax away. So, I will share some tips today for making the most of your old candles.
You will need:
Old jars or glass containers
Waxed candle wicks (I got 10 for £1 on ebay)
Old pieces of wax
Skewers or pencils
Metal jug (should only be used for making candles)
A little tip for getting the old wax out of containers:
Once your candle has cooled and you can no longer burn it, pour boiling water on the remaining wax. Leave the water to cool completely. The remove the wax in one lump (easy!) and wash your container with hot soapy water.
Prepare your containers by placing a wick into the bottom and wrap the end around a skewer or pencil to rest across the top. The wick should be straight.
Next, fill a saucepan with around 2 inches of water and place the metal jug into the saucepan.
Break up your wax pieces and place into the jug. If you have a big candle a hammer might be useful to smash it (inside a bag!). Remove any pieces with the wick in.
Keeping the pan on a low-medium heat, allow the wax to melt completely. It is best to keep all similar wax together. At this point you can add scent or colour if preferred. Do not leave the pan unattended during this stage.
Slowly pour the fully melted wax into the glass jars, being careful to keep the wick in place. Leave the wax to dry over night or plunge the bottom of the glass into cold water to set.
If you would like layered candles you can add more wax after each colour has dried.
Once the wax is dry, remove the skewer or pencil and trim the wick to just under ¼ of an inch. Any longer will mean that the candle flickers when burnt.
Light your candles and enjoy!
I hope you have enjoyed this upcycling tutorial today! If you would like to see my other DIYs, please visit my blog here. Thanks for having me Michaela!
Thanks so much Claire for a super post, I do love a good upcycle and the candles look beautiful, I will definitely be giving this a try. Do pop over and check out Claire's blog for other crafty DIYs here!