How To Recycle Used Candles

How To DIY

If you love great fragrant soy candles in gorgeous containers, you have an expensive habit. High-end soy candles can cost a lot of money.  Lafco, a NY based home fragrance and body care company, makes exotic scents in exquisite hand blown decorative glass containers, but at $60 a candle, burning the midnight oil (or soy) can cost a small fortune.

Unfortunately candles stop burning even when a good amount of wax remains. I have reused these beautiful containers to make floral arrangements but let’s face it, unless the garden is in bloom, this isn’t practical. However, one hot day in August when I was melting the detriment wax stuck in the bottom of the container to use as a vase, I had a brain storm, or maybe it was a hot flash. Nonetheless, it was a good idea.

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I decided to recycle these vessels back to their original purpose and make them candles. So, I scraped the remaining wax from a candle, melted it in a double boiler, then poured the melted wax into a smaller containers.  Or if I had two of the same scent candle. Now sometimes I love a candle so much I might have several containers left over.  So with these I melted the same scent wax and then poured them back to a holder.

After scraping the wax out and removing the old wick, I put the wax into a coffee can and set it in a pot of boiling water, making sure the water level is several inches below the coffee pot of wax. While the wax is melting, I cut a new wick from a roll of special cotton wick string.  You can find it at any crafting store such as Micheals.

Cut off a piece of string about 3″ longer than the height of your container. When the wax is melted, dip the cotton string into the wax. Hang the wax from a clothes pin or lay it on a piece of wax paper making sure the wick is in a straight line.

Now you can remove the can of wax from the boiling water. Be sure you have a pot holder for this. Pour the wax slowly into the center of the vase.

Now it’s time to insert the wick.  Place a pencil across the top of the holder in order to hold the wick while the wax hardens. Insert the wick into the center of the mold.  Wrap the end of the wick around the pencil.  This holds the wick in place while it hardens.  Let it draw for at least 12 hours even though it will seem congealed in an hour.  Then just cut the wick about 3/4″ from the base.  Light, and enjoy!


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