DIY - Make New Candles out of Old Ones - Root and Vine Blog

I go through my candles fairly quickly around the house and am always left with about an inch of wax left at the bottom of each candle when the wick burns through. I have been saving these candles over the years with the hope of somehow salvaging the fragrant and expensive candle wax. Today, I finally put that leftover wax to good use by making new candles out of the the old ones.

DIY - Make New Candles out of Old Ones - Root and Vine Blog

Here is what you will need for this project:
– Old Candles
– New Candle Containers (you can reuse the old ones)
– Wicks (example here)
– Pen/Pencil/Chopstick
– Knife or Scraper
– Tape
– Old Pot
– Wax Paper or the Equivalent
– Scissors

Begin by using your knife or scraper to cut out all of the old candle wax from your old candles. Compile the scraps into the pan or overflow bowls.

DIY - Make New Candles out of Old Ones - Root and Vine Blog

Then drop your wick into the center of the vessel you want to pour your wax into. Make sure that the base and stem are in the center of the container. Secure the wick to a pen/pencil (or in my case a chopstick) that is set on top of the container using tape. I first secured my chopstick to the container, and then I attached the wick to the “rod”.

DIY - Make New Candles out of Old Ones - Root and Vine Blog DIY - Make New Candles out of Old Ones - Root and Vine Blog

Heat the wax on low in an old pot. The saucepan may not be salvageable afterwards, so use a pot that can thereafter be the “wax pot”. Continue heating until all of the lumps are melted.

DIY - Make New Candles out of Old Ones - Root and Vine Blog DIY - Make New Candles out of Old Ones - Root and Vine Blog

Pour the hot wax into your prepared candle containers. The first time I did this, I just poured it straight from the pan and made a mess! So take this warning and make a funnel with layered wax paper and pour the wax into the container through it. This will make clean up much easier! The last two candles I made went much more smoothly than the first two.

DIY - Make New Candles out of Old Ones - Root and Vine Blog DIY - Make New Candles out of Old Ones - Root and Vine Blog

Let the hot wax sit overnight in the containers or as long as it takes to become a solid.

DIY - Make New Candles out of Old Ones - Root and Vine BlogDIY - Make New Candles out of Old Ones - Root and Vine Blog

Don’t forget to trim the wicks! Now you are done! Enjoy your “new” candles. I can’t believe I got 4 new candles out of the melting pot. Yay!!

DIY - Make New Candles out of Old Ones - Root and Vine Blog DIY - Make New Candles out of Old Ones - Root and Vine Blog

By the way, if you are wondering, I did blend all of the different candle scents and ended up with a pleasantly fragrant result. Feel free to compartmentalize your scents though if you so choose.

 

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